The Nozaki Group
Organometallic Chemistry

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

Kyoko Nozaki
  Assistant Professor
Shingo Ito
  Assistant Professor
Shuhei Kusumoto

Recent Publications

  • Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 2040–2044. [PDF]
  • Chem. Sci. 2017, 8, 101-107. [PDF]
  • Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2016, 55, 7505-7509. [PDF]
  • Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 8458-8461. [PDF]


Our research is based on the concept of "molecular catalysts", and aims to develop new and efficient reactions for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, organic functional materials, and polymeric materials. The overall goal of the research carried out within the group is best described as highly "atom-economical processes" towards a sustainable society.

Catalytic transformations utilizing renewable resources:

A target of our research is to design and develop novel homogeneous organometallic catalysis that is capable of utilizing renewable resources such as carbon dioxide and biomass.

Synthesis of functional polymers by novel polymerization catalysts:

Our research focuses on the development of new catalytic systems that can produce a range of functional polymers, including the coordination copolymerization of polar monomers such as methyl acrylate and vinyl acetate, and the copolymerization of carbon dioxide with epoxides or dienes.

Synthesis of aromatic compounds for organic devices :

Functional aromatic compounds, ranging from low-molecular-weight compounds to macromolecules, are synthesized by using organic synthetic methods in order to apply them to organic devices.

Asymmetric synthesis for optically active compounds:

Novel methods for asymmetric synthesis are developed to afford a range of optically active compounds. We are particularly interested in the construction of chiral silicon or germanium centers as well as chiral carbon centers.