Ei-ichi Negishi, winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, and Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Purdue University, was invited to the Nobel Prize Forum held at Ito Campus on February 16, 2012.
He talked about Pd-Catalyzed Cross-coupling and Zr-Catalyzed Asymmetric Carboalumination of Alkenes (ZACA reaction). The lecture was so heavily attended that some of the over-capacity audience of 400 had to stand.
During his one-hour lecture, he spoke about his main research, including palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling in organic synthesis, for which he received the Nobel Prize, as well as about his life as a scientist.
At the end of the Q&A session following the lecture, the Nobel Laureate concluded by telling students and young researchers, “Scientists will play significant roles in realizing a sustainable society in the 21st century. I hope every researcher works on research with a large vision and a view abroad.”