Honorary Presidents





Professor Ei-ichi Negishi










Honorary President

Professor Ei-ichi Negishi

PhD (U Penn), Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2010

Professor Ei-ichi Negishi is a Manchurian-born American chemist of Japanese origin who has spent most of his career at Purdue University in the United States. He is best known for his discovery of the Negishi coupling.The Nobel Prize for Chemistry, 2010, was awarded jointly to Richard F Heck, Ei-ichi Negishi and Akira Suzuki for their independent work on ‘palladium- catalysed cross couplings in organic synthesis’. Synthesis of organic compounds has opened doors in many areas of science from the pharmaceutical industry to modern electronics. In nature, organic chemistry takes place in myriad forms and is the basis of life itself, using the stable base of carbon.

He discovered Negishi coupling which condenses organic zinc compound and organic halide under palladium or nickel catalyst to obtain C-C bonded product. With this achievement, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010. He commented that "I keep thinking for 50 years, dreaming has come true," and "that young Japanese people should also come overseas." Negishi have also reported that organoaluminum compounds and organic zirconium compounds can be used for cross-coupling. He has not obtained a patent for this coupling technology, his reason is as follows: "If we do not obtain a patent, we thought that everyone could use our results easily, and made it half conscious". In addition, Zr(C5H5)2 obtained by reducing zirconocene dichloride is also called Negishi reagent and is used for the synthesis of polysubstituted benzene. He received many awards on his contributions to society: 

  • 1996 – A. R. Day Award (ACS Philadelphia Section award)
  • 1997 – Chemical Society of Japan Award
  • 1998 – Herbert N. McCoy Award
  • 1998 – American Chemical Society Award for Organometallic Chemistry
  • 1998-2000 – Alexander von Humboldt Senior Researcher Award
  • 2003 – Sigma Xi Award, Purdue University
  • 2007 – Yamada-Koga Prize
  • 2007 – Gold Medal of Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 2010 – Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • 2010 – ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Among many other honors, Professor Eichi Negishi has recived the the Chemical Society of Japan Award in 1996, the Humboldt Senior Researcher Award in 1998, the Royal Society of Chemistry's Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lectureship in 2000, the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and several honorary doctorates. Professor Eichi Negishi is a member of the Honorary Board of the Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, and the journal has prepared a virtual special issue to celebrate the occasion.

  • 1960-61 – Fulbright-Smith-Mund Fellowship
  • 1962-63 – Harrison Fellowship at University of Pennsylvania
  • 1987 – Guggenheim Fellowship, 1987
  • 2000 – Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lectureship
  • 2009 – Invited Lectureship, 4th Mitsui International Catalysis Symposium (MICS-4), Kisarazu, Japan
  • 2010 – Order of Culture
  • 2010 – Person of Cultural Merit
  • 2011 – Sagamore of the Wabash
  • 2011 – Order of the Griffin
  • 2011 – Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
  • 2012 – Honorary Fellowships of Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • 2014 – Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Sciences
























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