Akira Suzuki

Akira Suzuki

2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Japanese chemist who first published the Suzuki reaction, the organic reaction of an aryl- or vinyl-boronic acid with an aryl- or vinyl-halide catalyzed by a palladium complex, in 1979. He was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis".

Education and Work Experience

  • 1954, B.S., Department of Chemistry, School of Science, Hokkaido University
  • 1956, M.S., Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University
  • 1960, Ph.D. in Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University
  • 1961-1994, Associate Professor and then Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University
  • 2006, Distinguished Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University
  • 2015, University Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan
Honors and Awards
    • 2005, Honorary Member, The Chemical Society of Japan 
    • 2009, Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry
    • 2010, The Order of Culture (Government of Japan)
    • 2010, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
    • 2015, Honorary Member of Science Council of Japan

Major Academic Achievements

“Suzuki Cross-coupling Reaction” of organic boron compounds in the presence of palladium as a catalyst and base presented in 1979- had a profound impact on a wide range of research.“Suzuki Cross-coupling Reactions” has applications in various fields(e.g., medicine, agricultural chemicals, liquid crystals used in IT equipment, and organic EL as a new generation of luminescent materials), and represents a major contribution to the development and commercial manufacture of products commonly seen in today’s world.