Maruoka Lab, Department of Organocatalyst Chemistry Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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CURRICULUM VITAE | Professor Dr. Keiji Maruoka

  • Specially Appointed Professor
  • Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University
  • Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
  • Tel +81-75-753-9578
  • E-mail: maruoka.keiji.4w(at)kyoto-u.ac.jp
  • Date of Birth: April 17, 1953

Education

B. S. (1976) Department of Industrial Chemistry, Kyoto University
Ph. D. (1980) Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaii
(Professor Hisashi Yamamoto, Thesis Director)

Professional Career

1980~1985 Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, Nagoya University
1985~1989 Lecturer, Department of Applied Chemistry, Nagoya University
1990~1995 Associate Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, Nagoya University
1995~2001 Professor, Department of Chemistry, Grad. Sch. of Science, Hokkaido University
1996~1997 Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Grad. Sch. of Science, Hokkaido University
2000~2019 Professor, Department of Chemistry, Grad. Sch. of Science, Kyoto University
2004~2005 Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Grad. Sch. of Science, Kyoto University
2009~2019 With Additional “Organocatalytic Chemistry Special Laboratory”
2016~2017 Chairman, Department of Chemistry, Grad. Sch. of Science, Kyoto University
2019~present Specially-Appointed Professor, Grad. Sch. of Pharm. Sciences, Kyoto University

Research Interest

  • Development of conceptually new synthetic reactions
  • Lewis acid-catalyzed synthetic methodologies by designing organoaluminum reagents
  • Asymmetric synthesis with chiral Lewis acids
  • Bidentate Lewis acid in organic synthesis
  • Molecular recognition using Lewis acid receptors
  • Hypercoordination chemistry of main-group elements (B, Al)
  • Practical amino acid synthesis using Maruoka Catalyst® and Simplified Maruoka Catalyst®
  • Practical asymmetric methodologies by asymmetric phase-transfer catalysis
  • Design of chiral high-performance organocatalysts for catalytic asymmetric synthesis
  • New peptide drug synthesis

Awards

Awards The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists (The Chemical Society of Japan)
2000 Inoue Prize for Science (Inoue Foundation for Science)
2002 Ichimura Prize for Science (The New Technology Development Foundation)
2003 Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award of Japan (The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan)
2004 Nagoya Silver Medal (Banyu Life Science Foundation International)
2006 Green and Sustainable Chemistry Award (Green and Sustainable Chemistry Network)
2006 Award of the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
2007 The Chemical Society of Japan Award (The Chemical Society of Japan)
2007 Molecular Chirality Award (Molecular Chirality Research Organization)
2007/2008 Novartis Lectureship Award (Novartis Pharmaceuticals)
2010 Chunichi Cultural Prize (The Chunichi Shimbun)
2011 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards (American Chemical Society)
2011 Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon (National Prize from The Japanese Emperor)
2011 Humboldt Research Award (Humboldt Foundation, Germany)
2012 Toray Science & Technology Award (Toray Science Foundation)
2012 The Kyoto Shimbun Award for the Arts, Science and Culture (The Kyoto Shimbun)
2016 Ryoji Noyori Prize (The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan)
2018 Japan Academy Prize (Japan Academy)
2021 Chemistry Education Award (The Chemical Society of Japan)
2021 Guangdong Provincial Cooperation Award on Science and Technology (Guangdong Province)
2022 Fujiwara Award (Fujiwara Foundation of Science)
2023 Ryoji Noyori ACES Award (Asian Chemical Editorial Society (ACES))

Memberships

  • The American Chemical Society
  • The Chemical Society of Japan
  • The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
  • The Kinki Chemical Society of Japan
  • The Japanese Society for Process Chemistry
  • Green & Sustainable Chemistry Network

Selected Professional Activities

2002 – 2004 Associate Editor Chemistry Letters
2002 – present Editorial Advisory Board Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
2005 – 2007 Board of Director The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
2005 – present Fellow The Royal Society of Chemistry
2006 – present Editorial Advisory Board Chemistry: An Asian Journal
2006 – 2007 Editorial Advisory Board Chemical Communications
2007 – 2012 Editorial Board Chemical Communications
2007 – present Editorial Advisory Board The Open Organic Chemistry Journal
2009 – present Editorial Advisory Board Accounts of Chemical Research
2011 – present Editorial Advisory Board Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis
2011 – 2017 Editor The Chemical Record
2012 – present Rigional Editor Tetrahedron Letters
2012 – present Exective Board of Editor Tetrahedron: Asymmetry
2012 – present Exective Board of Editor Tetrahedron
2012 – present Exective Board of Editor Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
2012 – present Exective Board of Editor Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
2012 – present Co-Chair and Editor Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry
2012 – 2013 Exective Board Member The Chemical Society of Japan
2013 – 2023 Editorial Advisory Board Chemical Communications
2014 – present The Honorary Fellow The Chemical Research Society of India
2015 – present Editorial Advisory Board The Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan
2016 – 2017 Manager of Kinki Blanch The Chemical Society of Japan
2017 – 2019 Vice-President The Chemical Society of Japan
2018 – present Editor-In-Chief The Chemical Record
2019 – present The Honorary Member The Chemical Society of Japan
2023 – present Executive Board Member (Next President) The Chemical Society of Japan

International Award and Evaluation Committees

2011~2012 ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship Award Committee
2012~present Tetrahedron Prize Committee
2012~present Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award Committee
2013~2015 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award Committee
2014 External Expert Evaluator for COST Action – Organocatalysis
(Europian Cooperation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research)
  • 630 publications including peer-review papers, review articles and Books
    [147 J. Am. Chem. Soc. and Angew. Chem. papers]
  • 38 patent applications
  • 328 plenary/invited lectures since 2000
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