Laureates of the Japan Prize


Yoshio Okamoto Ph.D.

2019 (35th) Japan Prize Laureate

Materials and Production
Leading contributions to precision synthesis of helical polymers and development of practical chiral materials for separating chiral drugs
Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: January 10, 1941
Nagoya University
Graduate School of Engineering
Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya, 464-8603, Japan
1964 B.S. degree (Department of Polymer Science, Faculty of Science, Osaka University (Prof. Shunsuke Murahashi))
1966 M.S. degree (Department of Macromolecular Science, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University (Prof. Heimei Yuki))
1969 Dr. degree (Same Department (Prof. H. Yuki))
Professional History:
1969-1983 Assistant Professor (Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University)
1983-1990 Associate Professor (Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering Science, Osaka University)
1990-1997 Professor (Nagoya University, School of Engineering)
1997-2004 Professor (Nagoya University, Graduate School of Engineering)
2004-2009 Guest Professor (Nagoya University, EcoTopia Science Institute)
2004- Emeritus Professor (Nagoya University)
2007-present Chair Professor (Harbin Engineering University, China)
2009-present Distinguished Invited University Professor (Nagoya University) 
2019- University Professor of Nagoya University 
Award and Honor:
1982 Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan
1987 Award of the Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan for Technical Development
1991 The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Technical Development
1996 Loui Vuitton, “Vinci of Excellence”
1999 Award of The Chemical Society of Japan
1999 Molecular Chirality Award
2001 Chirality Medal
2002 Medal with Purple Ribbon (Japanese Government)
2005 Fujiwara Prize
2007 Thomson Scientific Research Front Award 2007
2009 SPSJ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Polymer Science and Technology
2010 Ryoji Noyori Prize sponsored by Takasago International Corporation and administered by the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
2011 Charles G. Overberger International Award
2014 Molecular Chirality Distinguished Service Award
2014 Japan Academy Prize
Key Publications:
  1. Y. Okamoto, K. Suzuki, K. Ohta, K. Hatada, and H. Yuki, "Optically Active Poly(triphenylmethyl methacrylate) with One-Handed Helical Conformation", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 101, 4763-4765 (1979).
  2. Y. Okamoto, I. Okamoto, H. Yuki, S. Murata, R. Noyori, and H. Takaya, "Novel Packing Material for Optical Resolution: (+)-Poly(triphenylmethyl methacrylate) Coated on Macroporous Silica Gel", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 103, 6971-6973 (1981).
  3. Y. Okamoto, M. Kawashima, and K. Hatada, "Useful Chiral Packing Materials for High-Performance Liquid Chromatographic Resolution of Enantiomers: Phenylcarbamates of Polysaccharides Coated on Silica Gel", J. Am. Chem. Soc., 106, 5357-5359 (1984).

(As of February 2019)

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