Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University
Chikusa, Nagoya 464-8602, Japan
Phone & Fax: 052-789-5945
Bachelor: Nagoya University, 1991
Master: Nagoya University,1993
Visiting Scientist: Harvard University, (Prof. E. N. Jacobsen's Lab.)1994
Dr. Eng.: Nagoya University, 1998
Field of Research:
Organic chemistry including synthetic organic chemistry, molecular recognition chemistry, main-group organometallic chemistry, asymmetric catalysis, design of protonic acid catalysts, etc.
The JSPS Fellowships for Japanese Junior Scientists 1993-1995
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University (Prof. H. Yamamoto's Lab), 1995-2002
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science (Prof. R. Noyori's Lab) & Institute for Advanced Research, Nagoya University, 2002-2015
Professor, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, 2015-present
Awards and Honors:
Visiting Lecturer Aichi University of Education, 1999
The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Distinguished Young Chemists, 2001.
Visiting Associate Professor Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, 2004
Visiting Lecturer Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University, 2009
Asian Core Program Lectureship Award (from Taiwan), 2009
Asian Core Program Lectureship Award (from China), 2009
Visiting Lecturer, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University, 2017
Nagase Research Award, 2018
Two or multiple organic molecules interact with each other, using coordination bonding, hydrogen bonding, or any other hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions. My research interests are focusing on how to create a novel combination across such interactive molecules, which would be expanding to new chemical and physical functions and/or catalytic activities presently unknown. Among those interactions, for example, Lewis acids and bases form coordination bonding, thereby promoting effective organic transformations; cooperatively arranged Watson-Crick base pairs comprise multiple hydrogen bonding, leading to a helical structure of poly(nucleic acids) and serving as bio-informatics. Molecular recognition plays a significant role in such systems, by which organic molecules show a specific function. Participation of both coordination and hydrogen bondings in molecular assembly would be expected to have potential to induce remarkable binding properties that lead to new catalysis and functions but is virtually unexplored. Toward this goal, design and synthesis of hitherto unknown organic compounds and molecular catalysts, as well as control of structure and functions of each molecule and/or their assembly, are among the current great interests.
Selected Recent Publications
Catalytic transformation of functionalized carboxylic acids using multifunctional rhenium complexes.
Masayuki Naruto, Santosh Agrawal, Katsuaki Toda,Susumu Saito*,
Sci. Rep.7, 3425 (2017). doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-03436-y
Multifaceted catalytic hydrogenation of amides via diverse activation of a sterically
confined bipyridine–ruthenium framework.
Takashi Miura, Masayuki Naruto,Katsuaki Toda, Taiki Shimomura, Susumu Saito*,
Sci. Rep. 7, 1586 (2017). doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01645-z
Cationic Mononuclear Ruthenium Carboxylates as Catalyst Prototypes for Self-induced Hydrogenation of Carboxylic Acids
Masayuki Naruto and Susumu Saito
Nat. Commun. 6, 8140 (2015). (doi: 10.1038/ncomms9140)
N-Methylation of Amines with Methanol at Room Temperature
Vasily N. Tsarev, Yuna Morioka, Joaquim Caner, Qing Wang, Richiro Ushimaru, Akihiko Kudo, Hiroshi Naka, and Susumu Saito
Org. Lett. 17, 2530–2533 (2015). (doi: 10.1021/acs.orglett.5b01063)
Synthesis of Propylene from Renewable Allyl Alcohol by Photocatalytic Transfer Hydrogenolysis
Joaquim Caner, Zijun Liu, Yuki Takada, Akihiko Kudo, Hiroshi Naka, and Susumu Saito
Catal. Sci. Technol. 4, 4093–4098 (2014). (doi: 10.1039/C4CY00329B)
Redox-Selective Generation of Aldehydes and H2 from Alcohols under Visible Light
Zijun Liu, Joaquim Caner, Akihiko Kudo, Hiroshi Naka, and Susumu Saito
Chem. Eur. J. 19, 9452–9456 (2013). (doi: 10.1002/chem.201301347)
Double Molecular Recognition with Aminoorganoboron Complexes: Selective Alcoholysis of β-Dicarbonyl Derivatives
Shunsuke Oishi, and Susumu Saito
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 5395-5399 (doi: 10.1002/anie.201200304)
Iron/Amino Acid Catalyzed Direct N-Alkylation of Amines with Alcohols
Zhao, Yingsheng, Foo, Siong Wan and Susumu Saito
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 50, 3006-3009 (2011).(DOI: 10.1002/anie.201006660)
Importance of Open Structure of Non-metal Based Catalyst in Hydrogen Bond-promoted Methanolysis of Activated Amide: Structure Dynamics between Monomer and Dimer Enabling Recombinant Covalent, Dative, and Hydrogen
Shunsuke Oishi, Junichi Yoshimoto, and Susumu Saito
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 8748–8749 (2009).
RhI-catalyzed Hydration of Organonitriles Under Ambient Conditions.
Akihiro Goto, Kohei Endo, and Susumu Saito
Angew. Chem.Int. Ed., 47, 3607–3609 (2008).
Hot Paper; SYNFACTS, 2008; Times cited: 〜90 (as of Sep 1, 2015)
Asymmetric Direct Aldol Reaction Assisted by Water and Proline-derived Tetrazole Catalyst.
Hiromi Torii, Masakazu Nakadai, Kazuaki Ishihara, Susumu Saito, and Hisashi Yamamoto
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 43, 1983-1986 (2004).
Times cited: 〜410, in the top 1% within its field(Essential Science IndicatorsSM(as of Sep 1, 2015).