Kenichiro Itami


Title
Professor
Name
Kenichiro Itami
Degree
Doctor of engineering
Mail
itami.kenichiro@a.mbox.nagoya-u.ac.jp
Phone
+81-52-788-6098
Laboratory
Organic Chemistry
Key word
Organic Chemistry/Organic Synthesis/Molecular Catalysis Chemistry

    Research

  • The main emphasis of his research is on the development of new synthetic methods, strategies, and concepts to solve challenging synthetic problems for realizing ideal chemical synthesis and for generating as-yet unexplored molecules of significant interest. Representative projects include (1) ideal chemical synthesis through C-H bond transformation, (2) rapid synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant molecules and natural products, (3) synthesis and properties of optoelectronic materials, and (4) controlled bottom-up synthesis of structurally uniform nanocarbons such as carbon nanotubes, graphenes, and fullerenes. During the last four years, he has delivered 70 invited lectures. The accomplishments of his research group have been highlighted more than 60 times in various newspapers, media, and journals during the last five years.
  • Personal history

  • Education and Career
    1990.4~1994.3   Undergraduate Student
    Department of Synthetic Chemistry, Kyoto University (Prof. Hisanobu Ogoshi)
    1994.4~1996.3   Graduate Student (Master Course)
    Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University (Prof. Yoshihiko Ito)
    1996.4~1998.7   Graduate Student (Doctor Course)
    Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University (Prof. Yoshihiko Ito)

    1996.4~1998.7   JSPS Research Fellow (DC1)
    1997.4~1998.3   Exchange Student (Uppsala Univ, Sweden: Prof. Jan-E. Backvall)
    1998.8~1998.9   JSPS Research Fellow (PD)

    1998.10~2005.1   Assistant Professor
    Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University (Prof. Jun-ichi Yoshida)
    2005.2~2008.5   Associate Professor
    Research Center for Materials Science, Nagoya University (Prof. Ryoji Noyori)
    2005.10~2008.3  PRESTO Researcher
    Japan Science and Technology Agency, PRESTO Program
    2008.6~present   Professor
    Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
    2012.12~present   Director
    WPI-ITbM, Nagoya University

    Editorial Board
    Canadian Journal of Chemistry (2008~)
    Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (2010~)

    Scientific Consultant
    Mitsui Chemicals (2006~)
    Toyota Motor Corporation (2009~)
  • Awards

  • 2013  Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award
    2013  Mukaiyama Award
    2012  Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
    2012  German Innovation Award 2012
    2012  Novartis-MIT Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
    2011  ACP Lectureship Award, China
    2011  ACP Lectureship Award, Malaysia
    2011  Nozoe Memorial Award for Young Organic Chemists
    2011  Overseas Distinguished Professor of Wuhan University, China
    2008  Merck-Banyu Lectureship Award
    2007  Banyu Young Chemist Award
    2006  Minister Award for Distinguished Young Scientists
    2005  Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encourangement
    2005  The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists
    2004  Thieme Journal Award
    2000  Nissan Chemical Industries Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan