Published on: 13-Nov-2018
Professor Shunsuke Chiba, a professor at the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) was awarded the 2019 Mukaiyama Award by The Society of Synthethic Organic Chemistry, Japan.
This is the first time the Mukaiyama Award is presented to a Japanese chemist based outside of Japan and the first in NTU, Singapore.
The award recognizes his contributions to synthetic organic chemistry mainly in his exploration of new reactivity of main group metal hydrides for development of unique and unprecedented molecular transformations. Compounds used to create medicine are most often made up of organic compounds. Some medicine contains small quantities of lithium and platinum based agents.
"The process to make organic molecules is useful to create organic medicine. What I did was to make the process cheaper, greener and more effective. We explored it by using the main group metal hydrides to develop new molecular transformations," Professor Chiba commented.
When asked about his personal thoughts on the award, Professor Chiba said, "I really feel honoured. This is the biggest award I have ever received. Looking at the past winners, I feel humbled. I would like to thank all my colleagues and my mentors. All of them especially to Professor Narasaka who brought me here to NTU."
The award, which consists of $3,000, a medallion and a certificate, is bestowed every year to a chemist aged 45 years old or younger. Professor Chiba will deliver and award lecture at the Seminar on Synthetic Organic Chemistry where the award will be presented.
The winners of the Mukaiyama Award 2019.
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