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35th Nobel Laureate Lecture Features Chemist Negishi

Published: April 1, 2014

Purdue University Professor Ei-ichi Negishi, co-winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will present CSULB’s 35th Nobel Laureate Lecture on Tuesday, April 8.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Negishi will give a general lecture on the “Magical Power of d-Block Transition Metals—Past, Present and Future,” followed by a technical lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. on “General and Highly Enantioselective (? 99% ee) Catalytic C-C Bond Formation via ZACA Reaction.” Both lectures are scheduled to take place in the University Student Union ballrooms.

He is the H. C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue where he did postdoctoral studies after earning his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo.

Negishi shared the Nobel Prize with Richard F. Heck of the University of Delaware and Akira Suzuki from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. According to his website, “By creating a more precise method for coupling two different (or same) carbon groups, Dr. Negishi created a powerful tool for synthesizing a wide range of useful chemicals used in medicine, agriculture and electronics.”

The three scientists’ work led to new methods of synthesizing complex organic compounds that have a variety of medical and commercial applications ranging from antibiotics to light-emitting diodes. Negishi focused on developing metal-based reactions called palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling to allow easy synthesis.

Nobel Laureate Lecture Features Chemist Negishi
Ei-ichi Negishi

The event is sponsored by CSULB’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) Student Council and co-sponsored by the CNSM Dean’s Office, Office of the President and Associated Students Inc.

The event is open free to the university. Members of the public may attend on a space-available basis and must purchase a guest parking permit at parking lot kiosks. For more information, contact Linda Sherwood at 562/985-2716.

–Anne Ambrose