Sustainability Report 2018;
Takeshi OHKUMA, Professor, Faculty of Engineering / Director, Frontier Chemistry Center
Attracting attention as one of the world’s best catalysts for the asymmetric hydrogenation of ketones is a novel molecular catalyst developed by Professor Ohkuma and m embers of his lab, the Synthetic Organic Chemistry Laboratory. Add this catalyst, which consists of ruthenium and organic molecules, to ketones and hydrogen, and you’ll see a single molecule of catalyst produce 100,000 molecules of optically active alcohol at a high reaction rate̶580 reactions per second. Professor Ohkuma and other lab staff are working to efficiently supply medicines and functional materials in an environmentally benign manner.