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Kenichiro Itami

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1994B.S.; Kyoto University (Synthetic Chemistry)
1996M.S.; Kyoto University (Synthetic Chemistry & Biological Chemistry)
1998Dr. Eng.; Kyoto University (Synthetic Chemistry & Biological Chemistry)
1998-2005Assistant Professor; Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
2005-2008Associate Professor; Research Center for Materials Science, Nagoya University
2005-2008PRESTO Researcher; JST
2008-presentProfessor; Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
2013-presentDirector, Professor; WPI-ITbM, Nagoya University
2013-presentDirector; ERATO Itami Molecular Nanocarbons Project, JST

Kenichiro Itami (45) Director of ITbM, Nagoya University
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Organic synthesis, catalysis, molecule activation, pharmaceuticals, organic materials

In addition to holding the role of director, Itami will also be one of the PIs in ITbM and thus will actively collaborate with all PIs, playing a key role in synthesizing molecules using our catalysts. His research group has developed a number of unique and highly efficient molecular catalysts for C-H coupling, an ideal approach to rapidly increase molecular complexity in organic synthesis. His synthesis-oriented catalyst development campaign has provided opportunities for markedly different connection/disconnection strategies in the construction of useful organic molecules, including pharmaceuticals, natural products, and new enzyme inhibitors.

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Selected Awards and Honors

2016 Nagase Prize, Frontier Salon Foundation
2016Ta-shue Chou Lectureship, Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
2015R. C. Fuson Visiting Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2015Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, American Chemical Society
2015Swiss Chemical Society Lectureship Award
2014Nankai University Lectureship Award
2014The Aldrich Lectureship Award
2014JSPS Prize, Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences
2013Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award
2013Mukaiyama Award
2013Asian Rising Star Award, Asian Chemical Congress
2012Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
2012German Innovation Award "GottFried Wagener Prize"
2012Novartis-MIT Lectureship Award, MIT, USA
2011Overseas Distinguished Professor, Wuhan University, China
2011ACP Lectureship Award, China
2011ACP Lectureship Award, Malaysia
2011Nozoe Memorial Award for Young Organic Chemists

Selected Publications

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