The Nishibayashi Group
Molecular Transformation

Department of Chemistry & Biotechnology
School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Yoshiaki Nishibayashi
  Assistant Professor
Kazunari Nakajima

Recent Publications

  • J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 2472-2475. [PDF]
  • Nature Communications 2014,5, 3737. [PDF]
  • Nature Communications 2012, 3, 1254. [PDF]
  • Nature Chemistry 2011, 3, 120-125. [PDF]


Our research group designs new transition metal complexes for efficient catalytic molecular transformations and develops new methodology for the construction of useful molecular skeletons. All of our projects are based on concept of catalysis & reaction engineering.

Development of Catalytic Nitrogen Fixation :

Our ultimate aim is to achieve sustainable nitrogen fixation system alternative to energy consuming Haber-Bosch process. Combined system of multiple transition metal complexes is projected for direct transformation of molecular dinitrogen into ammonia under ambient conditions.

Transition Metal-Catalyzed Organic Transformations :

To establish more practical organic transformations for easy access to complicated molecular structures, new multinuclear catalytic systems are designed and constructed.