Susumu Saito

Susumu Saito
Doctor of Engineering
Noyori Laboratory
Key word
Organic chemistry including synthetic organic chemistry, molecular recognition chemistry, main-group organometallic chemistry, asymmetric catalysis, design of protonic acid catalysts, etc.


  • Two or multiple organic molecules interact with each other, using coordination bonding, hydrogen bonding, or any other hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions. My research interests are focusing on how to create a novel combination across such interactive molecules, which would be expanding to new chemical and physical functions and/or catalytic activities presently unknown. Among those interactions, for example, Lewis acids and bases form coordination bonding, thereby promoting effective organic transformations; cooperatively arranged Watson-Crick base pairs comprise multiple hydrogen bonding, leading to a helical structure of poly(nucleic acids) and serving as bio-informatics. Molecular recognition plays a significant role in such systems, by which organic molecules show a specific function. Participation of both coordination and hydrogen bondings in molecular assembly would be expected to have potential to induce remarkable binding properties that lead to new catalysis and functions but is virtually unexplored. Toward this goal, design and synthesis of hitherto unknown organic compounds and molecular catalysts, as well as control of structure and functions of each molecule and/or their assembly, are among the current great interests.
  • Personal history

  • Education
    Bachelor: Nagoya University, 1991
Master: Nagoya University,1993

    Visiting Scientist: Harvard University, (Prof. E. N. Jacobsen's Lab.)1994

    Dr. Eng.: Nagoya University, 1998

    The JSPS Fellowships for Japanese Junior Scientists 1993-1995
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University
    (Prof. H. Yamamoto's Lab), 1995-2002

    Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science (Prof. R. Noyori's Lab)
    & Institute for Advanced Research, Nagoya University, 2002
    Professor, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, 2015
    Professor, Research Center for Materials Science, Nagoya University, 2019
  • Awards

  • Awards and Honors:
    Visiting Lecturer Aichi University of Education, 1999
    The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Distinguished Young Chemists, 2001
    Visiting Associate Professor  Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, 2004
    Visiting Lecturer  Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, 2009
    Asian Core Program Lectureship Award (from Taiwan), 2009
    Asian Core Program Lectureship Award (from China), 2009