Shigehiro Yamaguchi

Shigehiro Yamaguchi
Doctor of engineering
Functional Organic Materials
Key word
Organic / Organometallic / Main Group Element / Materials Chemistry


  • Our Research is directed at the materials chemistry on the basis of organometallic and main group element chemistry. Our major target molecules are the pi-electron systems consisting of the carbon pi-conjugated framework and the main group elements. The pi-electron systems serve as key materials for a broad spectrum of electronic and optoelectronic applications, because of their intriguing properties due to pi-electron delocalization. The incorporation of the main group elements into the pi-conjugated frameworks would provide an opportunity to modify their inherent properties and functions. Our molecular designs rely on three features of the main group elements, i.e., “orbital interaction,” “diversity in coordination number,” and “unique structural features.” On the basis of these “element-organic” approaches, we aim at the creation of platform molecules for the next-generation electronic and optoelectronic applications as well as the development of totally new molecular systems with unique functions.
  • Personal history

  • 1991 B. Eng., Kyoto University (supervisor: Prof. Y. Ito)
    1993  M. Eng., Kyoto University (supervisor: Prof. Y. Ito)
    1997 Dr. Eng., Kyoto University (supervisor: Prof. K. Tamao)
    1993-2002 Assistant Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
    2000-2001 Visiting Scholar, MIT, USA (Prof. T. M. Swager)
    2001-2004 PRESTO, JST, Researcher
    2003-2005 Associate Professor, Nagoya University
    2005- Professor, Nagoya University
  • Awards

  • 1993 JSPS Fellowships for Japanese Junior Scientists
    1997 The Chisso Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry
    1999 Young Scientist Award of the Silicon Chemical Society of Japan
    2002 The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Distinguished Young Chemists
    2005 Young Scientist Award from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
    2007 Tokyo Techno Forum Gold Medal Award
    2008 Nozoe Young Scientist Award
    2008 Nice-step researcher 2008, National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (NISTEP)
    2010 SSOCJ DIC Award for Functional Material Chemistry 2009
    2013 JSPS Prize