Masato Kitamura

Masato Kitamura
Doctor of Agriculture
Organic Synthesis
Key word
Catalytic Asymmetric Total Synthesis
Green Chemistry
Mechanistic Study
Unnatural Peptide and Nucleotides


  • Research interests in the Organic Synthesis Group mainly span three areas of synthetic organic chemistry in view of the creation of organic materials that show useful chemical, physical, or biological functions. The first is the development of new synthetic methods. A central research activity is the discovery and design of practical organic reactions realizing carbon-carbon bond formation, oxidation, reduction, and functional group transformation with a perfect control of relative and absolute stereochemistry. Endeavors are directed particularly toward the establishment of selective catalytic systems that are environmentally friendly and energy- and resource-saving. Activation or utilization of H2, O2, H2O, and CO2 is also an important component of this work. The focus of the second area is on the mechanistic understanding of functional expression at the molecular level. The origin of high activity and selectivity is thoroughly pursued through kinetic study, structural characterization by spectroscopic and X-ray diffraction methods, theoretical calculation, etc. to redesign and fine-tune the target molecules. The third area includes the application of new methodology to the catalytic stereoselective total synthesis of natural and non-natural products. These cover small organic and organometallic compounds, peptides and nucleotides, which act as catalysts, medical and pharmacological products, agricultural chemicals, perfumes, etc. We will positively tackle with the global issues of health, food, environment, and energy via innovation of new organic functional materials.
  • Personal history

  • 1974–1978
    Bachelor: Nagoya University (Professors T. Goto)
    Master and Doctor: Nagoya University (Professors T. Goto and M. Isobe)
    Postdoctoral Fellow: Columbia University (Professor G. Stork)
    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Nagoya University (Professor R. Noyori)
    Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Nagoya University
    Associate Professor, Research Center for Materials Science, Nagoya University
    Professor, Research Center for Materials Science, Nagoya University
    Department of Basic Medicinal Sciences, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagoya University
  • Awards

  • The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists in 1989
    Asian Core Program Lectureship Award 2006
    Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award, Japan 2013