Molecular Catalyst Research Division


Controlling Chemical Reactions by Means of Original Molecular Catalysts

Professor Daisuke URAGUCHI@Associate Professor Keisuke ASANO@Assistant Professor Qiang ZHAO

Our lives are supported by various organic compounds such as pharmaceuticals, agricultural chemicals, food additives, fibers, plastics, and organic electronic materials. In order to efficiently supply organic compounds having desired functions, it is necessary to manipulate and understand the chemical reactions that connect molecules. We are challenging the control of active species (anions, radicals, and cations) involved in chemical reactions by creating novel molecules and eliciting the catalytic power inherent in the structure. In addition, we aim to create new chemical reactions through the experimental and theoretical understanding the behavior of molecules.