Researcher Information


Specially Appointed Assistant Professor

Exploring new reactions by designing functional catalysts

Department of Chemistry, Organic and Biological Chemistry


Development of highly active homogeneous catalysts

FieldOrganometallic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
KeywordHomogeneous Catalyst, Organometallic Complex, Asymmetric Reaction

Introduction of Research

The development of highly active catalysts is an important research field in organic chemistry, which requires energy saving and high atomic efficiency in terms of environmental issues and resource depletion. In particular, transition metal catalysts are a very interesting research theme, since they realize unusual organic reactions. My research topic is design of highly active catalysts and realization of novel organic reactions.

Representative Achievements

Monohydride‐dichloro Rhodium(III) Complexes with Chiral Diphosphine Ligands as Catalysts for Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Olefinic Substrates, Higashida, K.; Brüning, F.; Tsujimoto, N.; Higashihara, K.; Nagae, H.; Togni, A.; Mashima, K., Chem. Eur. J. 2020.
Iridium-catalyzed Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Tosylamido-Substituted Pyrazines for Constructing Chiral Tetrahydropyrazines with an Amidine Skelton, Higashida, K.; Nagae, H.; Mashima, K., Adv. Synth. Catal. 2016, 358, 3949-3954.
E-Selective Semi-hydrogenation of Alkynes with Dinuclear Iridium Complexes under Atmospheric Pressure of Hydrogen, Higashida, K.; Mashima, K., Chem. Lett. 2016, 45, 866-868.
Enhancing Effects of Salt Formation on Catalytic Activity and Enantioselectivity for Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Isoquinolinium Salts by Dinuclear Halide-Bridged Iridium Complexes Bearing Chiral Diphosphine Ligands, Kita, K.; Yamaji, K.; Higashida, K.; Kandula, S.; Iimuro, A.; Mashima, K., Chem. Eur. J. 2015, 21, 1915-1927.
Academic degreePh.D. (Science)
Self Introduction

I am from Nara. I have been involved in the development of asymmetric reactions using late transition metals and the elucidation of their reaction mechanisms. My hobbies are sports, and I am looking forward to sport events.

Academic background2014年 B. Eng. Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
2016年 M. Eng. Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
2019年 Ph.D. Sci. Graduate School of Engineering Science, Osaka University
2019年- Hokkaido University Specially appointed assistant professor
Affiliated academic societyCSJ, SSOCJ