At a ceremony on February 28 to award the 24th Nagoya Medal of Organic Chemistry, Kyushu University’s Prof. Chihaya Adachi received the silver medal, which goes to rising stars who have produced outstanding achievements in the area of synthetic chemistry and are expected to make major contributions in the future.
As part of the ceremony held in Noyori Conference Hall at Nagoya University, Adachi discussed the latest advances in the area of organic light-emitting materials and devices in a lecture titled “Advanced Molecular Design in Organic Semiconductors: Towards New Generation of OLEDs and Organic Lasers.”
The Nagoya Medal of Organic Chemistry was established in 1995, and winners are chosen each year by a selection committee. Adachi, who also serves as director of the Center for Organic Photonics and Electronics Research (OPERA), is the first researcher from Kyushu University to be selected for one of the medals, and three winners have since gone on to receive Nobel prizes.
This year’s gold medal, which recognizes synthetic chemists whose achievements have made a major impact on a global scale, went to Prof. David W. C. MacMillan from Princeton University, USA, where, incidentally, Adachi was a post-doc in Prof. Stephen R. Forrest’s group for two years.