The Nagoya Medals of Organic Chemistry have been awarded to E. W. “Bert” Meijer, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands (Gold Medal), and Hiroaki Suga, University of Tokyo, Japan (Silver Medal). The award is financially supported by the MSD Life Science Foundation.
The Gold Award is presented annually to a chemist who has made significant original contributions to the field of organic chemistry. The Silver Award goes to a young scientist based in Japan whose research has had a major impact on the field of synthetic organic chemistry.
Bert Meijer studied chemistry at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, where he received his Ph.D. in 1982. He then worked at Philips Research Laboratories, Eindhoven, and DSM Research, Geleen, The Netherlands, before joining the Eindhoven University of Technology as Professor of Organic Chemistry. Meijer’s research interest include self-assembled materials, the non-covalent synthesis of functional supramolecular systems, and functional supramolecular polymers.
Hiroaki Suga studied engineering at Okayama University, Japan, and chemistry at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA, where he received his Ph.D. in 1994. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Jack W. Szostak at MIT before joining the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, USA, as Assistant Professor in 1997. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002. In 2003, Suga moved to the University of Tokyo, where he became Full Professor in 2005. His research interests include artificial ribozymes, genetic code reprogramming, the ribosomal synthesis of nonstandard peptides, and nonstandard peptide probes.
Selected Publications by Bert Meijer
- Improving the Folding of Supramolecular Copolymers by Controlling the Assembly Pathway Complexity,
Gijs M. ter Huurne, Lafayette N. J. de Windt, Yiliu Liu, E. W. Meijer, Ilja K. Voets, Anja R. A. Palmans,
Macromolecules 2017, 50, 8562–8569.
- Model-driven engineering of supramolecular buffering by multivalency,
Tim F. E. Paffen, Abraham J. P. Teunissen, Tom F. A. de Greef, E. W. Meijer,
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 2017, 114, 12882–12887.
- From supramolecular polymers to multi-component biomaterials,
Olga J. G. M. Goor, Simone I. S. Hendrikse, Patricia Y. W. Dankers, E. W. Meijer,
Chem. Soc. Rev. 2017, 46, 6621–6637.
- About Supramolecular Assemblies of π-Conjugated Systems,
Freek J. M. Hoeben, Pascal Jonkheijm, E. W. Meijer, Albertus P. H. J. Schenning,
Chem. Rev. 2005, 105, 1491–1546.
- Two-dimensional charge transport in self-organized, high-mobility conjugated polymers,
H. Sirringhaus, P. J. Brown, R. H. Friend, M. M. Nielsen, K. Bechgaard, B. M. W. Langeveld-Voss, A. J. H. Spiering, R. A. J. Janssen, E. W. Meijer, P. Herwig, D. M. de Leeuw,
Nature 1999, 401, 685–688.
- About Dendrimers: Structure, Physical Properties, and Applications,
A. W. Bosman, H. M. Janssen, E. W. Meijer,
Chem. Rev. 1999, 99, 1665–1688.
Selected Publications by Hiroaki Suga
- Structural basis for the drug extrusion mechanism by a MATE multidrug transporter,
Yoshiki Tanaka, Christopher J. Hipolito, Andrés D. Maturana, Koichi Ito, Teruo Kuroda, Takashi Higuchi, Takayuki Katoh, Hideaki E. Kato, Motoyuki Hattori, Kaoru Kumazaki, Tomoya Tsukazaki, Ryuichiro Ishitani, Hiroaki Suga, Osamu Nureki,
Nature 2013, 496, 247–251.
- Natural Product-Like Macrocyclic N-Methyl-Peptide Inhibitors against a Ubiquitin Ligase Uncovered from a Ribosome-Expressed De Novo Library,
Yusuke Yamagishi, Ikuo Shoji, Shoji Miyagawa, Takashi Kawakami, Takayuki Katoh, Yuki Goto, Hiroaki Suga,
Chem. Biol. 2011, 18, 1562–1570.
- Flexizymes for genetic code reprogramming,
Yuki Goto, Takayuki Katoh, Hiroaki Suga,
Nat. Protoc. 2011, 6, 779–790.
- Messenger RNA-Programmed Incorporation of Multiple N-Methyl-Amino Acids into Linear and Cyclic Peptides,
Takashi Kawakami, Hiroshi Murakami, Hiroaki Suga,
Chem. Biol. 2008, 15, 32–42.
- Structural basis of specific tRNA aminoacylation by a small in vitro selected ribozyme,
Hong Xiao, Hiroshi Murakami, Hiroaki Suga, Adrian R. Ferré-D’Amaré,
Nature 2008, 454, 358–361.
- Synthesis of Polyester by Means of Genetic Code Reprogramming,
Atsushi Ohta, Hiroshi Murakami, Eri Higashimura, Hiroaki Suga,
Chem. Biol. 2007, 14, 1315–1322.
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