The Nozaki Group
Organometallic Chemistry

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

Kyoko Nozaki
  Assistant Professor
Shuhei Kusumoto
  Assistant Professor
Xiongjie Jin

Recent Publications

  • J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 1876–1883. [PDF]
  • Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2017, 56, 2040–2044. [PDF]
  • Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2016, 113, 2857-2861. [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 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 develop novel organic electronic devices.

Development of structurally and mechanistically well-defined heterogeneous catalysts:

We are aiming at the creation of structurally and mechanistically well-defined heterogeneous catalysts, which possess advantages of both heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysts, to develop highly challenging organic reactions.