Kenichiro ItamiProfessor

CV of Prof. Itami (PDF)

Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University

WPI-ITbM, Nagoya University

JST, ERATO, Itami Molecular Nanocarbon Project

Address: Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8602, Japan

Phone/Fax: +81-52-788-6098



1990.4~1994.3   Undergraduate Student
Department of Synthetic Chemistry, Kyoto University (Prof. Hisanobu Ogoshi)

1994.4~1996.3   Graduate Student (Master Course)
Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University (Prof. Yoshihiko Ito)

1996.4~1998.7   Graduate Student (Doctor Course)
Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University (Prof. Yoshihiko Ito)

1996.4~1998.7   JSPS Research Fellow (DC1)

1997.4~1998.3   Exchange Student (Uppsala Univ, Sweden: Prof. Jan-E. Backvall)

1998.8~1998.9   JSPS Research Fellow (PD)

1998.10~2005.1   Assistant Professor
Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University (Prof. Jun-ichi Yoshida)

2005.2~2008.5   Associate Professor
Research Center for Materials Science, Nagoya University (Prof. Ryoji Noyori)

2005.10~2009.3  PRESTO Researcher
Japan Science and Technology Agency, PRESTO Program

2008.6~present   Professor
Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University

2012.12~present  Director
WPI-ITbM, Nagoya University

2013.10~present  Research Director
JST, ERATO, Itami Molecular Nanocarbon Project


2017 ICI Distinguished Lecturer, University of Calgary, Canada
2017 The Chunichi Cultural Award
2017 The Bristol-Myers Squibb Lecture, University of California, Berkeley
2017 The Yomiuri Techno Forum Gold Medal Prize
2017 The SYNLETT Best Paper Award 2016, Thieme
2016 The Holger Erdtman Lecture, KTH, Sweden
2016 The Nagase Prize
2016 Treat B. Johnson Lecture, Yale University
2016 Ta-Shue Chou Lectureship Award, Academia Sinica
2015 R. C. Fuson Visiting Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2015 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, American Chemical Society
2015 Swiss Chemical Society Lectureship Award
2015 Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, American Chemical Society
2015 Swiss Chemical Society Lectureship Award
2014 Nankai University Lectureship Award
2014 The Aldrich Lecture, Emory University
2014 The JSPS Prize
2013 Novartis Chemistry Lectureship Award
2013 Mukaiyama award
2013 Asian Rising Star Award, Asian Chemical Congress
2012 Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK
2012 German Innovation Award 2012
2012 Novartis-MIT Lecturer in Organic Chemistry
2011 ACP Lectureship Award, China
2011 ACP Lectureship Award, Malaysia
2011 Nozoe Memorial Award for Young Organic Chemists
2011 Overseas Distinguished Professor of Wuhan University, China
2008 Merck-Banyu Lectureship Award
2007 Banyu Young Chemist Award
2006 Minister Award for Distinguished Young Scientists
2005 Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encourangement
2005 The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists
2004 Thieme Journal Award
2000 Nissan Chemical Industries Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan 


2008~present Canadian Journal of Chemistry (Advisory Board)
2011~present Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, RSC (Editorial Board)
2012~present Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry (Associate Editor)
2012~present ChemCatChem (International Advisory Board)
2013~present Chemistry – An Asian Journal (International Advisory Board)
2013-present Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan (Senior Editor)
2014~present Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis (Academic Advisory Board)
2015~present The Chemical Record (Editorial Board)
2015~present Tetrahedron/Tetrahedron Letters (Consulting Board of Editors)
2016~present Accounts of Chemical Research (Editorial Advisory Board)
2016~present Chem, Cell Press (Editorial Board)
2017~present Angewandte Chemie (International Advisory Board)


Organic Chemistry, Organic Synthesis, Molecular Catalysis Chemistry


The main emphasis of his research is on the development of new synthetic methods, strategies, and concepts to solve challenging synthetic problems for realizing ideal chemical synthesis and for generating as-yet unexplored molecules of significant interest. Representative projects include (1) ideal chemical synthesis through C-H bond transformation, (2) rapid synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant molecules and natural products, (3) synthesis and properties of optoelectronic materials, and (4) controlled bottom-up synthesis of structurally uniform nanocarbons such as carbon nanotubes, graphenes, and fullerenes. During the last four years, he has delivered 70 invited lectures. The accomplishments of his research group have been highlighted more than 60 times in various newspapers, media, and journals during the last five years.

Our Member

  1. Greco Gonzalez Miera
  2. Genki Mori
  3. Duong Nguyen Dinh
  4. Kwan Yin Cheung
  5. David Robert Levine
  6. Mizuho Uriu


  7. Yugo Aoki


  8. Mai Nagase
  9. Eri Makino
  10. Kaho Matsushima
  11. Bumpei Maeda
  12. Hiroki Shudo
  13. Maciej Krzeszewski
  14. Chaolumen
  15. Yuanming Li
  16. Sakura Miyauchi


  17. Satoshi Matsubara

    Nice to meet you!

  18. Shusei Fujiki

    Nice to meet you!

  19. Kou Kawahara

    Nice to meet you!

  20. Rika M. Kato

    Call me Monica!

  21. Ayaka Ueda

    Ueda rice Ayaka

  22. Ryo Okude

    Nice to meet you!

  23. Akiko Yagi

    I love Ramen.

  24. Yota Sakakibara

    Fine young man

  25. Ayana Mashimo

    Angle in ITbM F3

  26. Kazuya Kawai


  27. Taito Hiraga

    Yes falling love! ❤️

  28. Michihisa Toya

    Love Sports

  29. Yip Shu Jan (Alicia)

    1st Year PhD. Malaysian.

  30. Wataru Matsuoka

    AgO, AgO, AgO, AgO!!!

  31. Ryotaro Yamada


  32. Yuuta Yano

    Graphene Yanoribbon

  33. Shuya Yamada

    D2 ITbM5F

  34. Takehisa Maekawa
  35. Kei Murakami

    (日本語) 特任准教授になりました 

  36. Shun Yamashita


  37. Kenta Kato

    I'm a good soup-maker!

  38. Oshima Tsuyoshi

    D3 時計ぐーるぐーるぐーる

  39. Hideto Ito

    Assoc. Prof. I Love Alkyne and Camera.

  40. Kenichiro Itami