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Eiichi Nakamura (中村 栄一, Nakamura Eiichi, born 24 February 1951) is a Japanese chemist and professor of chemistry at University of Tokyo in Japan.

Eiichi Nakamura
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Eiichi in 2014
Alma materTokyo Institute of Technology
Known forIron catalyst and fullerene chemistry
AwardsMedal with Purple Ribbon
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Tokyo
Doctoral advisorIsao Kuwajima



  • 1973 BS Faculty of Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Professor Teruaki Mukaiyama)
  • 1978 PhD in chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology (Professor Isao Kuwajima)
  • 1978-1980 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, New York (Professor Gilbert Stork)

Major research interestsEdit

Academic experienceEdit

  • 1980-1984 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • 1984-1993 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • 1989-1991 Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Applied Molecular Science, Institute for Molecular Science
  • 1993-1995 Professor, Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • 1995–present Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo
  • 2004-2010 ERATO Nakamura Functional Carbon Cluster program research director, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)
  • 2007- The University of Tokyo, Chemistry Innovation Gobal COE Program Leader
  • 2008-2009 Chairman, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo

Professional functionsEdit

  • 2003-2006 Senior Program Officer in Chemistry, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Research Center for Science Systems
  • 2006-2008 Corresponding Member of the Science Council of Japan
  • 2006-2007 Senior Program Officer (on funding scheme study), The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
  • 2011- Program Director and Chair, Japan Agency for Science and Technology (JST)
  • 2009-2011 Kaiteki Institute Co. Advisory board member
  • 2012 Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists, ICCAS, Beijing, China
  • May 21, 2015 Visiting Professorship for Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
  • May 23, 2015 Visiting Professorship for Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing, China

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Young Chemists Award (Chemical Society of Japan, 1984)
  • Yamanouchi Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (1991)
  • Tejima Memorial Award (Tokyo Institute of Technology, 1992)
  • The Japan IBM Science Prize (1993)
  • Nagoya Silver Medal for Organic Chemistry (2001)
  • The Chemical Society of Japan Award (2003)
  • Humboldt Research Award (2006)
  • The Medal with Purple Ribbon (Shiju Hosho) (His Majesty of Japan, 2009)
  • the Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of ACS (2010)
  • Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998)
  • Elected Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (U. K., 2005)
  • Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2008)
  • Honorary Member of the Israel Chemical Society (2009)

Special lectureshipsEdit

  • R. C. Fuson Visiting Professor, University of Illinois (1990)
  • Syntex Distinguished Lectureship. Colorado State University (1996)
  • Parke Davis-Warner Lambert Distinguished Lectureship, Ohio State University (1997)
  • Troisieme Cycle Lectureship, Switzerland (2000)
  • Van der Kerk Lectureship, University of Utrecht (2001)
  • Lady Davis Fellowship, Technion, Israel (2002-3)
  • Alfred Blomquist Lectureship, Cornell (2003)
  • Rhodia Lecturer, French Chemical Society (2004)
  • Chinese Academy of Science Lectureship, (Beijing, 2004)
  • Gilbert Stork Lecture, Columbia University (2006)
  • William Dauben Memorial Lectureship, University of California, Berkeley (2006)
  • Novartis Chemistry Lectureship (2006-7)
  • Wyeth Lectureship, University of Pennsylvania (2007)
  • Campus Lecturer, Institut Catala d’Investigacle Quimica (Tarragona, 2007)
  • H. C. Brown Lecture, Purdue University (2008)
  • W. S. Johnson Lecture, Stanford University (2008)

Editorial serviceEdit

Associate editorEdit

  • Journal of Synthetic Organic Chemistry Japan (1986–88 and 1998-2000)
  • Chemistry Letters (1992–98)
  • Organic Letters (2000-2005)
  • Journal of the American Chemical Society (2009-)

Editorial boardEdit

  • Journal of Molecular Catalysis (1994-2003)
  • Ultrasonics Sonochemistry (1994-2003)
  • Topics in Stereochemistry (1996-2006)
  • Journal of Organometallic Chemistry (2002-2005)
  • Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry (2003-2012)
  • Organic Letters (2006-2008)
  • Accounts of Chemical Research (2006-2008)
  • Chemistry-An Asian Journal (2006-2009)
  • Angewandte Chemie (International Advisory Board: 2006-2009)
  • Chemistry-An Asian Journal (International Advisory Board: 2009-)


  • Chairman/Founder, Tateshina Conference on Organic Chemistry (2000-2010)
  • Advisory Committee, Institute of Chemistry, Academia Sinica, Taiwan (2001-2007)
  • International Advisory Board, The Sixteenth International Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry (2002)


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