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Kyushu University
Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering Division of Fundamental Organic Chemistry
Job title
PhD (Science)(The University of Tokyo)
Research funding number

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Feb 2017
Professor, Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University
Apr 2012
Jan 2017
Associate Professor & ERATO Project Group Leader, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Visiting Professor, Münster University, Germany
Apr 2007
Mar 2012
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Natural Science and echnology, Okayama University
Apr 2005
Mar 2007
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University


Apr 1999
Oct 2003
Division of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
Apr 1995
Mar 1999
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, The University of Tokyo

Awards & Honors

Apr 2017
Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
Oct 2015
20th The Society of Silicon Chemistry Japan Award for Young Chemists
May 2015
JST-ERATO Lectureship Award
Apr 2012
The Young Scientists′ Prize, The Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Nov 2011
Thieme Chemistry Journal Award 2012


Jizhi Ni, Jizhi Ni, Atsuhiko Taniguchi, Atsuhiko Taniguchi, Atsuhiko Taniguchi, Shuta Ozawa, Yukiko Hori, Yoichiro Kuninobu, Yoichiro Kuninobu, Yoichiro Kuninobu, Takashi Saito, Takaomi C. Saido, Taisuke Tomita, Youhei Sohma, Youhei Sohma, Motomu Kanai, Motomu Kanai
Chem   4 807-820   Apr 2018
© 2018 Elsevier Inc. Toxic aggregation of amyloid peptide and protein is intimately related to a number of human diseases, including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Here, we developed biocompatible photooxygenation catalyst 9, which can selectively oxyg...
Takayuki Wakaki, Takaya Togo, Daisuke Yoshidome, Yoichiro Kuninobu, Yoichiro Kuninobu, Motomu Kanai, Motomu Kanai
ACS Catalysis   8 3123-3128   Apr 2018
© 2018 American Chemical Society. We developed a palladium-catalyzed C-H transformation that enabled the synthesis of ketones from aldehydes and (hetero)aryl halides. The use of picolinamide ligands was key to achieving the transformation. Heteroa...
Takahiro Shirai, Motomu Kanai, Motomu Kanai, Yoichiro Kuninobu, Yoichiro Kuninobu
Organic Letters   20 1593-1596   Mar 2018
© 2018 American Chemical Society. We developed 2-position-selective, direct C-H trifluoromethylation, pentafluoroethylation, and heptafluoropropylation of quinoline derivatives. Regioselective transformation was achieved without derivatization of ...
Hong Liang Li, Motomu Kanai, Motomu Kanai, Yoichiro Kuninobu, Yoichiro Kuninobu
Organic Letters   19 5944-5947   Nov 2017
© 2017 American Chemical Society. An iridium-catalyzed ortho-selective C-H borylation of phenol and aniline derivatives has been successfully developed. Iridium/bipyridine-catalyzed C-H borylation generally occurred at the meta- and para-positions...
Yusuke Yoshigoe, Yusuke Yoshigoe, Yoichiro Kuninobu, Yoichiro Kuninobu
Organic Letters   19 3450-3453   Jul 2017
© 2017 American Chemical Society. Treatment of 2-phenylpyridines (or their analogs) with a 9-bicycloboranonane dimer (9-BBN dimer) in the presence of a catalytic amount of a commercially available iron salt, FeBr3, gave ortho-borylated products in...

Research Grants & Projects

The Mitsubishi Fundation: Research Grants in the Natural Sciences
Project Year: Oct 2018 - Sep 2019    Investigator(s): KUNINOBU Yoichiro
Development of synthetic organic reactions by use of transition metals
Project Year: 2003