Mukaiyama Award

Mukaiyama Award Recipients

The Winners of the Award for the award year 2019

What’s the Mukaiyama Award ?

Name
Mukaiyama Award
(Administered by The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan)
Purpose
To recognize and encourage outstanding contributions to synthetic organic chemistry.
Nature
The award consists of $3,000, a medallion, and a certificate.The recipient shall deliver an award lecture at the Seminar on Synthetic Organic Chemistry. Reasonable travel expenses to the Symposium will be paid.
Establishment
The award was established in 2005 by SSOCJ to celebrate the 77th birthday of Professor Teruaki Mukaiyama who received the Order of Culture in 1977 from Japanese government for his outstanding contributions to synthetic organic chemistry and to commemorate his election in 2004 to the National Academy of Science, USA, as a foreign associate.
Rules of Eligibility
The award shall be granted to an individual of forty-five years old or younger without regard to nationality for the outstanding contributions to synthetic organic chemistry.
Nominations
The award shall be granted to an individual of forty-five years old or younger without regard to nationality for the outstanding contributions to synthetic organic chemistry.
Nomination form
Selection
The award committee selects two award recipients, one from the non-Japanese nominees and the other from the Japanese nominees. The committee consists of seven members appointed by the President of SSOCJ.

Past Mukaiyama Award Recipients

Professor Richmond Sarpong

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A.

Contributions: Development of strategies and methods for the synthesis of complex molecules, including natural products, by employing chemical network analysis as well as C-H and C-C bond functionalizations.

Professor Shunsuke Chiba

Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Contributions: Exploration of new reactivity of main group metal hydrides for development of unique and unprecedented molecular transformations.

Professor Jeffrey W. Bode

Laboratory of Organic Chemistry, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Switzerland

Contributions: Enantioselective N-heterocyclic carbene catalysis, KAHA ligation the chemical synthesis of proteins, SnAP and SLAP reagents for the preparation of saturated N-heterocycles, potassium acyltrifluoroboronates (KATs) for amide and amine synthesis.

Professor Mamoru Tobisu

Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan

Contributions: The discovery and development of new catalytic reactions that can transform strong chemical bonds, such as carbon-carbon, carbon-oxygen and carbon-heteroatom bonds.

Professor Frank Glorius

Organisch-Chemisches Institut, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

Contributions: Diverse pioneering contributions with N-heterocyclic carbenes (in organocatalysis, transition metal catalysis and on-surface chemistry), in the field of C-H activation chemistry and in the development of smart screening methods.

Professor Yoshiaki Nakao

Department of Material Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan.

Contributions: The development of novel reactions through C-H and C-C functionalization by cooperative metal catalysis.

Professor M. Christina White

Department of Chemistry,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Contributions: cracked the code for selective C-H reactivity and pioneered the late-stage C-H functionalization strategy by developing catalysts with differential sensitivities to C-H bond electronics, sterics, and stereoelectronics that enable predictable site-selective oxidations in complex molecules.

Professor Hideki Yorimitsu

Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University, Japan

Contributions: the curiosity-driven invention of useful reactions and synthetic strategies of striking originality, covering a vast range of chemical sciences from bioactive molecules to atomic layers.

Professor Brian M. Stoltz

Department of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Contributions; The discovery and development of new reactions and processes for the synthesis of complex natural products and non-naturally occurring bioactive structures.

Professor Shigehiro Yamaguchi

Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules and Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, Japan

Contributions; the development of photo- and electro-functional organic molecules. He established several key design principles using main group elements, such as B, Si, or P, and produced various types of fascinating π-conjugated skeletons.

Professor Phil S. Baran

Department of Chemistry, The Scripps Research Institute, U.S.A.

Professor Baran has made the important contributions to the invention of useful new reactions and reagents for the pharmaceutical industry and the total synthesis of complex natural products in a scalable, economic fashion by aiming for “ideality” using C–H functionalization logic.

Professor Masayuki Inoue

Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Professor Inoue has made the important contributions to the development of creative and novel synthetic methodologies and strategies for total syntheses of structurally complex natural products, and elucidation of molecular rationale of their biological action using the synthetic analogues.

Professor Benjamin List

Managing Director of the Max-Planck-Institut fur Kohlenforschung and Honorary Professor at the University of Cologne, Germany

Contributions; List’s discovery that amines such as the amino acid proline are general catalysts for asymmetric synthesis has initiated the field of organocatalysis, which is currently revolutionizing chemical synthesis in academia and in industry.

Professor Kenichiro Itami

Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules and Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, Japan

Contributions; the development of C-H coupling catalysts and application to the synthesis of nanocarbon materials and bioactive molecules.

Professor Jin-Quan Yu

The Scripps Research Institute USA

Contributions; the development of catalytic C-H activation reactions directed by weak coordination and their applications as new disconnections for organic synthesis; Discovery of ligand-accelerated and enantioselective C-H activation reactions.

Professor Ken Tanaka

Department of Applied Chemistry Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan

Contributions; the development of enantioselective cycloaddition and aromatization reactions using chiral cationic transition-metal complexes as catalysts. These processes enable the catalytic enantioselective construction of non-centrochirality as well as centrochirality.

Professor Dean Toste

Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Contributions; the discovery and development of catalysts and catalyzed reactions, especially those based on gold, and applications in organic synthesis and asymmetric catalysis including the use of chiral anions.

Professor Fumitoshi Kakiuchi

Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, Japan

Contributions; the development of new methods for highly efficient, catalytic, selective functionalization of unreactive carbon-hydrogen and carbon-heteroatom bonds and the elucidation of their reaction mechanisms.

Professor Michael J. Krische

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Contributions; the first hydrogen-mediated C-C bond formations beyond alkene hydroformylation. These processes define a departure from stoichiometric organometallic reagents in carbonyl addition and, under transfer hydrogenation conditions, enable carbonyl addition directly from the alcohol oxidation level.

Professor Masahiro Terada

Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Japan

Contributions; the development of novel axially chiral Bronsted acids and bases as efficient enantioselective catalysts for a variety of carbon-carbon bond and carbon-heteroatom bond forming reactions.

Professor Justin Du Bois

Department of Chemistry,Stanford University, USA

Contributions: The development of novel oxidation processes for the selective modification of unsaturated C-H bonds and the demonstration of the power of these methods to alter the manner in which complex natural products are assembled.

Professor Kazuaki Ishihara

Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan

Contributions: the rational design of highly functional acid-base combined catalysts which are classified into acid-base combined salt catalysts, acid-base conjugate catalysts, and acid-base non-conjugate catalysts

Professor John F. Hartwig

Department of Chemistry University of Illinois, USA

Contributions; the discoveries, developments, and mechanistic insights into new classes of catalytic processes, including coupling reactions, C-H bond functionalizations, hydroaminations, and enantioselective substitution reactions.

Professor Kyoko Nozaki

Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Contributions; the development of new catalysts for the synthesis of structurally well-controlled organic molecules: from small molecules to polymers

Professor David W. C. MacMillan

Department of Chemistry, Princeton University, Princeton, USA

Contributions: the introduction of new catalysis concepts for asymmetric synthesis including the generalization of organocatalysis, iminium catalysis, organo-cascade catalysis and SOMO catalysis

Professor Keiji Tanino

Division of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Japan

Contributions: the development of new methods for the total synthesis of natural products having a polycyclic carbon skeleton (e.g., coriolin, ingenol and norzoanthamine) based on carbocation chemistry and organometallic chemistry

Professor Gregory C. Fu,

Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S.A.

Contributions: the development of new methods for the catalytic synthesis of organoboron and organosilicon compounds (e.g., bis-silylation, silaboration and cyanoboration reactions) and of their utilization in organic synthesis

Contributions: the development of new methods for carbon-carbon bond formation (e.g., cross-coupling reactions) and the design of new chiral catalysts for asymmetric synthesis:

Professor Michinori Suginome

Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan.

Contributions: the development of new methods for the catalytic synthesis of organoboron and organosilicon compounds (e.g., bis-silylation, silaboration and cyanoboration reactions) and of their utilization in organic synthesis

Professor Dr. Alois Fuerstner

University of Dortmund and Director at the Max-Planck-Institute fuer Kohlenforschung, Muelheim/Ruhr, Germany

Professor Fuerstner has made outstanding contributions to development of novel organometallic methodologies and their application to efficient total synthesis of natural products.