The Mukaiyama Award was launched in 2005 by the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (SSOCJ), to celebrate the 77th birthday of Professor Teruaki Mukaiyama who received the Order of Culture in 1997 from the Japanese government for his outstanding contributions to synthetic organic chemistry and to commemorate his election in 2004 to the National Academy of Science, USA, as a foreign associate.
The purpose of the Mukaiyama Award is to recognize and encourage outstanding contributions to synthetic organic chemistry.
The award, which consists of $5,000, a medallion, and a certificate, is bestowed every year upon an individual of 45 years old or younger, who has made outstanding contrbutions to synthetic organic chemistry. The awardee, selected by the award committee, shall deliver an award lecture at the Seminar on Synthetic Organic Chemistry where the award will be presented.
The Winners of the 2015 Mukaiyama Award are Professor Brian M. Stoltz and Professor Shigehiro Yamaguchi.
Professor Shigehiro Yamaguchi, Vice-Director of the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) and Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, Japan wins the Mukaiyama Award for his contributions in the development of photo- and electro-functional organic molecules. He has established several key design principles using main group elements, such as B, Si, or P, and produced various types of fascinating π-conjugated skeletons.
The World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) for the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM) at Nagoya University in Japan is committed to advance the integration of synthetic chemistry, plant/animal biology and theoretical science, all of which are traditionally strong fields in the university. As part of the Japanese science ministry's MEXT program, ITbM aims to develop transformative bio-molecules, innovative functional molecules capable of bringing about fundamental change to biological science and technology. Research at ITbM is carried out in a "Mix-Lab" style, where international young researchers from multidisciplinary fields work together side-by-side in the same lab. Through these endeavors, ITbM will create "transformative bio-molecules" that will dramatically change the way of research in chemistry, biology and other related fields to solve urgent problems, such as environmental issues, food production and medical technology that have a significant impact on the society.