2010 Nobel Prize Winner Ei-ichi Negishi to Deliver CSULB’s 35th Nobel Laureate Lecture

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2010 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ei-ichi Negishi

2010 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Ei-ichi Negishi

Purdue University Professor Ei-ichi Negishi, co-winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry, will present California State University, Long Beach’s (CSULB) 35th Nobel Laureate Lecture on Tuesday, April 8. The lecture is free and open to the public.

From 11 a.m. to noon, Negishi will give a general lecture on the “Magical Power of d-Block Transition Metals—Past, Present and Future,” followed by a technical lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. on “General and Highly Enantioselective (≥ 99% ee) Catalytic C-C Bond Formation via ZACA Reaction.” Both take place in the ballrooms of the campus’ University Student Union.

Negishi is the H. C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Purdue, where he did postdoctoral studies after earning his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania and bachelor’s degree from the University of Tokyo.

In 2010, he shared the Nobel Prize with Richard F. Heck of the University of Delaware and Akira Suzuki from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan. According to his website, “By creating a more precise method for coupling two different (or same) carbon groups, Dr. Negishi created a powerful tool for synthesizing a wide range of useful chemicals used in medicine, agriculture, and electronics.”

The three scientists’ work led to new methods of synthesizing complex organic compounds that have a variety of medical and commercial applications ranging from antibiotics to light-emitting diodes. Negishi focused on developing metal-based reactions called palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling to allow easy synthesis.

The event is sponsored by CSULB’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM) Student Council and co-sponsored by the CNSM Dean’s Office, Office of the President and Associated Students Inc.

The 35th Nobel Laureate Lecture is open free to the university. Members of the public may attend on a space-available basis and must purchase a guest parking permit at parking lot kiosks.

For more information about the event, contact Linda Sherwood at linda.sherwood@csulb.edu or by phone at 562/985-2716.

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