Gold Medalists

Japanese
(Fiscal year)
2017

Prof. E. W. “Bert” Meijer (Eindhoven University of Technology)

(i) From Groningen to Eindhoven – a personal journey
(ii) The non-covalent synthesis of functional supramolecular systems
(iii) The amplification of supramolecular chirality

2016

Prof. Stephen Buchwald (Massachusettes Institute of Technology, USA)

(i) Palladium-Catalyzed Carbon-Heteroatom Bond-Forming Reactions
(ii) Cu-Catalyzed Asymmetric Hydrofunctionalization Processes in Organic Synthesis

2015

Prof. Stuart Schreiber (Broad Institute and Harvard University)

(i) Chemistry towards novel mechanism-of-action (nMoA) compounds in therapeutics discovery
(ii) Chemistry and human biology towards cancer therapeutics discovery

2014

Prof. John F. Hartwig (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

(i) Regioselective Functionalization of Alkyl and Aryl C-H Bonds
(ii) Fluoroalkylation and Fluorination

2013Ben L. Feringa

Prof. Ben L. Feringa (University of Groningen)

(i) Exploring Chiral Space in Asymmetric Catalysis
(ii) Dynamic Molecular Systems, from switches to motors

2012

Prof. Paul Knochel (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität)

(i) Lewis Acid Triggered Reactions of Organometallics
(ii) Recent Advances in Cross-Couplings

2011

Prof. Eric N. Jacobsen (Harvard University, USA)

(i) The Hydrolytic Kinetic Resolution Reaction
(ii) Asymmetric Catalysis with Chiral Hydrogen-Bond Donors

2009

Prof. Jean M. J. Fréchet (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

(i) Designing Macromolecules for Chemo- and Immumo-therapy
(ii) Functional Macromolecules from Catalysis to Organic Electronics

2008

Prof. Barry M. Trost (Stanford University, USA)

(i) Self Assembly of Dinuclear Main Group Catalysts for Asymmetric Synthesis
(ii) Cycloadditions via TMM-Pd Intermediates: New Strategies for Total Synthesis and Asymmetric Induction

2007

Prof. Larry E. Overman (University of California, Irvine, USA)

(i) Intramolecular Heck Reaction in Natural Products Total Synthesis
(ii) Recent Studies in Asymmetric Synthesis

2006

Prof. Steven V. Ley (University of Cambridge, UK)

(i) Natural Product Synthesis: A Stimulus for Discovery
(ii) New Tools for Molecule Makers

2005

Prof. Koji Nakanishi (Columbia University, USA)

(i) Ginkgolides and Biolobalide
(ii) Bioorganic Studies on Age-Related Macular Degeneration

2004

Prof. J. Fraser Stoddart (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

The Nature of Mechanical Bond

2003

Prof. David A. Evans (Harvard University, USA)

(i) Molecular Complexity: Studies in Natural Products Synthesis
(ii) Molecular Complexity: Studies in Asymmetric Catalysis

2002

Prof. Dieter Seebach (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

(i) From Tartaric Acid to TADDOL and Other Diphenylmethanol
Derivatives for Enantioselective Syntheses and Beyond
(ii) From Poly(β-hydroxybutyrates) (PHB) to β-Peptides
Consisting of Homologated Proteinogenic Amino Acids -Chemical and Biological Investigations into a New World

2001

Prof. Kyriacos C. Nicolaou (The Scripps Research Institute, USA)

(i) Total Synthesis in Perspective
(ii) The CP-Molecule Synthetic Labyrinth

2000

Prof. Manfred T. Reetz (Max-Planck-Institute, Germany)

(i) New Concepts in the Area of Asymmetric Catalysis
(ii) Evolution in the Test Tube as a Means to Create Enantioselective Enzymes

1999

Prof. Samuel J. Danishefsky (Columbia University, USA)

(i) On the Power of Chemical Synthesis
(ii) The Prospects for a Fully Synthetic Anti-Cancer Vaccine

1998

Prof. Henri B. Kagan (University of Paris-Sud, France)

Asymmetric Synthesis –Past, Present and Future

1997

Prof. Robert H. Grubbs (California Institute of Technology, USA)

Synthesis of Materials and Molecules Using Ruthenium Metathesis Catalysts

1996

Prof. W. Clark Still (Columbia University, USA)

Synthetic Receptors for Peptides

1995

Prof. Yoshito Kishi (Harvard University, USA)

Natural Product Synthesis

Special Awards

(Fiscal year)
2006

Professor Dr. Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol

Recent Investigation of Cytotoxic Natural Products from Thai Plants