Researcher Information

Tomohiro Iwai

Assistant Professor

Catalyst Desing for Organic Synthsis

Department of Chemistry, Organic and Biological Chemistry


Design and synthesis of highly active metal catalysts

FieldOrganometallic Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, Catalyst Chemistry
KeywordTransition metal catalyst, Ligand, Phosphine compounds

Introduction of Research

We are developing highly active metal catalysts based on design of tertiary phosphine ligands. The use of characteristics of specified fields created by precisely designed molecules or solids can open up new catalysis that allow efficient organic synthesis.

Our designed catalysts

Representative Achievements

A Polystyrene-Cross-Linking Bisphosphine: Controlled Metal Monochelation and Ligand-Enabled First-Row Transition Metal Catalysis, T. Iwai, T. Harada, H. Shimada, K. Asano and M. Sawamura, ACS Catal. 2017, 7, 1681–1692.
Synthesis, Coordination Properties, and Catalytic Application of Triarylmethane-Monophosphines, T. Iwai, R. Tanaka and M. Sawamura, Organometallics, 2016, 35, 3959-3969.
Silica-supported Triptycene-type Phosphine. Synthesis, Characterization, and Application to Pd-Catalyzed Suzuki–Miyaura Cross-coupling of Chloroarenes, T. Iwai, S. Konishi, T. Miyazaki, S. Kawamorita, N. Yokokawa, H. Ohmiya, M. Sawamura, ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 7254–7264.
Threefold Cross-Linked Polystyrene-Triphenylphosphane Hybrids: Mono-P-Ligating Behaviors and Catalytic Applications for Aryl Chloride Cross-Coupling and C(sp3)–H Borylation, T. Iwai, T. Harada, K. Hara and M. Sawamura, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 12322–12326.
Construction of Eight-Membered Carbocycles via Gold Catalysis with Acetylene-Tethered Silyl Enol Ethers, T. Iwai, H. Okochi, H. Ito and M. Sawamura, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 4239-4242.

Related industries

Chemical products, Organic electronic materials, Pharmaceuticals
Academic degreePh.D.
Academic background2006 B.S. Hokkaido University
2008 M.S. Hokkaido University
2011 Ph.D. Kyoto University
2011- Assistant Professor, Hokkaido University
Affiliated academic societyThe Chemical Society of Japan, The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan, Catalysis Society of Japan, KINKA Chemistry Society, The Society of Silicon Chemistry JAPAN
Room addressScience Building 6 06-08