Hiroaki Sasai, is currently Professor at Osaka University. He received his Ph.D. from Keio University, Japan in 1985. He then held Researcher position (1985-1988) at Sagami Chemical Research Center, Assistant Professor position (1988-1992) at Hokkaido University, Assistant Professor (1992), Lecturer (1992-1995) and Associate Professor position (1995-1997) at the University of Tokyo. In 1997, he moved to Osaka University to take up his present position. He is a recipient of 1995 Pharmaceutical Society of Japan Award for Young Scientists and the Fluka Prize "Reagent of the Year 1996". He received The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work and Ichimura Science Award in 2006, the Molecular Chirality Award in 2011, and Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award in 2016. In 2018 he received Prizes for Science and Technology from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan. His current research interest is in developing conceptually new type of enantioselective catalysts.
Relevant Key Publications:
(1)Shibasaki, M.; Arai, T.; Sasai, H. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 1997, 36, 1236.
(2)Arai, M. A.; Kuraishi, M.; Arai, T.; Sasai, H. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2001, 123, 2907.
(3)Matsui, K.; Takizawa, S.; Sasai, H. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 3680.
(4)Takizawa, S.; Katayama, T.; Sasai, H. Chem. Commun. (Feature Article), 2008, 4113.
(5)Bajracharya, G. B.; Arai, M. A.; Koranne, P. S.; Suzuki, T.; Takizawa, S.; Sasai, H. Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn. 2009, 82, 285.
(6)Sako, M.; Takeuchi, Y.; Tsujihara, T.; Kodera, J.; Kawano, T.; Takizawa, S.; Sasai, H. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2016, 138, 11481.