Purpose of the Research Project

Synthetic organic chemistry is a fundamental science and technology that supports material sciences, such as drug development, polymer science, etc., by providing practical and efficient synthetic methods for the preparation of useful organic compounds. Organic chemists are expected to contribute not only to innovating and developing more practical and environmentally benign synthetic protocols but also to creating new compounds with higher functionalities or biological activities. For this purpose, development of new catalysts should play a key role, and the ultimate object of this program is to realize the precise formation of a catalyst with a specific scaffold to bring about innovation in this research field. Accordingly, this project is directed toward generating new catalysts with specific reactive fields that effectively enable extremely difficult substrate conversions. Examples of target reactions are direct functionalization of easily available hydrocarbons; direct conversion of CO2, O2, and N2 into useful organic molecules; clean reactions without waste; and so on. As shown in Figure 1, a new research area ? “Precisely Designed Catalysts with Customized Scaffolding”? will be developed by designing a catalytically active site surrounded by carefully designed scaffolds that enable control of reactivity and selectivity, activation of substrates, etc.