Kazuaki Ishihara is a Professor of chemistry of biological active materials, Department of Biotechnology, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University. His research interests include asymmetric catalysis, biomimetic catalysis induced by artificial enzymes, dehydrative condensation catalysis toward green and sustainable chemistry, and acid-base combination chemistry. He was born in 1963 in Aichi, Japan, and received his Ph.D. degree from Nagoya University in 1991 under the direction of Professor Hisashi Yamamoto. He had worked under Professor Clayton H. Heathcock at the University of California, Berkeley, as a visiting graduate student for three months in 1988. He was a JSPS Fellow under the Japanese Junior Scientists Program from 1989 to 1991. After he completed his postdoctoral studies with Professor E. J. Corey at Harvard University for 15 months beginning in 1991, he returned to Japan and joined Professor Hisashi Yamamoto's group at Nagoya University as an Assistant Professor in 1992, and was made an Associate Professor in 1997. In 2002, he was appointed to his current position as a Full Professor at Nagoya University. He has received the Inoue Research Award for Young Scientists, in 1994, the Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists, in 1996, the Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, in 2001, the Green & Sustainable Chemistry Award from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, in 2003, a JSPS Prize, in 2005, a BCSJ Award, in 2005, the 0th International Conference on Cutting-Edge Organic Chemistry in Asia Lectureship Award, in 2006, the Japan/UK GSC Syposium Lectureship, in 2007, and the Japan IBM Science Prize, 2007.
Biography Updated on 30 October 2007