Etsuji Okada was born in Osaka, Japan, in 1957. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial chemistry from Kobe University, Kobe, Japan, in 1980 and 1982, respectively, and worked briefly at Mitsubishi Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (present Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation). In 1983, he returned to the Graduate School of Science and Technology at Kobe University as a graduate student and there earned his Ph.D. degree in material science in 1986. In 1987, he joined the Faculty of Engineering at Kobe University as an Academic Affairs Staff (Research Associate), was a Lecturer from 1994 to 1998, and has been an Associate Professor since 1998. His basic research focuses on the development of novel synthetic organic reactions making use of the characteristics of fluorine atom, which is utilized to highly efficient synthetic methods for novel and useful organic compounds, especially fluorine-containing heterocyclic compounds. In applied research, his main interest has been in the designs, syntheses, and evaluations of biologically active compounds directed toward the new class of medicines and agrochemicals.
Biography Updated on 13 December 2010