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 Synthetic 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.
"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. "Looking at the past winners of this award, I feel humbled. I would like to thank all my colleagues and my mentors, especially 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.