Hiroshi Masai

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo *Profile is at the time of the award.

2021Inamori Research GrantsBiology & Life sciences

Research topics
Asymmetric cross-coupling reactions induced by circularly polarized light
Photo-activated reactions has been energetically studied in recent years. However, asymmetric reactions derived from polarized light has been difficult in the case of conventional reactions based on radical intermediates and energy transfer processes.
This study attempts to develop polarization-induced asymmetric reactions in catalytic cross-coupling reactions via direct photoexcitation to the intermediate complexes. Because chiral compounds are used in a wide range of fields such as materials science, pharmaceutical synthesis, and biotechnology, this study is expected to provide new methodologies and concepts in both basic and applied chemistry.


I want to develop new reactivities of the excited species, which afford applications in the fields of materials and medicals, in addition to fundamental aspects.

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