Nagoya Medals of Organic Chemistry 2014

Nagoya Medals of Organic Chemistry 2014

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The Nagoya Medals of Organic Chemistry 2014 have been awarded to John F. Hartwig, University of California, Berkeley, USA (Gold Medal), and Itaru Hamachi, Kyoto University, Japan (Silver Medal). The medals were presented at the Nagoya Medal Seminar 2014 on October 27, 2014, at the Noyori Conference Hall, Nagoya University, Japan.

The Gold Award is presented annually to a chemist who has made a significant and original contribution to the field of organic chemistry, the Silver Award goes to a young Japanese scientist whose research has had an impact in the field of synthetic organic chemistry.



John F. Hartwig studied at Princeton University, NJ, USA. He received his PhD in 1990 under the supervision of Robert G. Bergman at the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. After postdoctoral research with Stephen J. Lippard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, he started his independent career at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA, in 1992. He moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, in 2006, and was made Henry Rapoport Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley in 2011.

Hartwig’s research includes organic and organometallic synthesis as well as mechanistic analysis of transition-metal catalysis. He is a member of the International Advisory Boards of Angewandte Chemie and ChemCatChem.


Itaru Hamachi studied at Kyoto University, Japan, and received his PhD in 1988. He was appointed assistant professor and subsequently associate professor. He became full professor at the Institute of Fundamental Organic Chemistry of Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan, in 2001. In 2005, Hamachi moved to the Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry at Kyoto University, Japan.

His research focuses on chemical biology and protein chemistry as well as supramolecular biomaterials. Hamachi is on the International Advisory Boards of ChemBioChem and Chemistry – An Asian Journal.


Selected Publications of John F. Hartwig:


Selected Publications of Itaru Hamachi:


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