2010 Nobel Prize Winner in Organic Chemistry to give public lecture

The University of Guyana, in collaboration CARISCIENCE, will host a visit by Professor Ei-ichi Negishi, the 2010 Nobel Prize Winner in Organic Chemistry from September 24 to 27. Professor Negishi’s visit is part of a wider tour organised by CARISCIENCE and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany. During his visit to Guyana, Professor Negishi will pay courtesy calls on senior government officials; and interact with students and faculty at the University of Guyana. One of the highlights of Professor Negishi’s visit will be his public lecture that chronicles his award-winning work, entitled "Pursuit of Many Lofty Dreams with Eternal Optimism over Half-a-Century” on Monday, September 26 at 18:30 h in the Education Lecture Theatre, Turkeyen Campus, Greater Georgetown.

Professor Negishi will share his passion for Chemistry and the path-ways its study has led. He is best known for his discovery of the “Negishi Coupling”, a metal-catalyzed cross-coupling reaction that entered the scene of Organic Chemistry during the years of 1976-1978 and has since revolutionised the synthesis of organic compounds granting immediate access to a vast range of materials having applications in areas ranging from pharmaceuticals to electronics. He shares the Nobel Award in Chemistry for 2010 with Professors Richard Heck (Heck Coupling) and Akira Suzuki (Suzuki Coupling) for work in Palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling chemistry.

Professor Ei-ichi Negishi, is an H. C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue University in Indiana. He is a native of China, who grew up in Japan and received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Tokyo in 1958. During the period 1958-1966, while working as a Research Chemist at Teijin, Ltd., Japan, he spent three years as a Fulbright-Smith-Mund Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he obtained his PhD in Chemistry. It is here that as a young scholar in Chemistry, he became exposed to a constant flux of Nobel laureates in Chemistry, including Professor Herbert C. Brown, who would later become his postdoctoral advisor at Purdue upon completion of his graduate studies. In 1972, Negishi went to Syracuse University as Assistant Professor and began his life-long investigations of transition metal-catalyzed organometallic reactions for Organic Synthesis. He was invited back to Purdue University in 1979 and was installed as the Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor in Chemistry.

Professor Negishi is the recipient of many awards including an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Award in Germany during the period 1998-2001, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Japanese Order of Culture and of course, the Chemistry Nobel Prize in 2010.

CONTACT

Dr Keisha K. Holder

Lecturer (Organic Chemistry)

Assistant Dean

Faculty of Natural Sciences

Tel. #: 622-0543

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Public Relations Division

September 22, 2016

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