Masaaki Yoshifuji was born in Tokyo in 1941. He received bachelor degree in 1966, master degree in 1968, and Doctor of Science in 1971 from The University of Tokyo under the supervision of Prof. Naoki Inamoto. He was appointed as Research Associate of Faculty of Science at The University of Tokyo in 1971 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988 at the same university.

During that period at Tokyo, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University for Prof. Martin F. Semmelhack (1974-1975), at Princeton University for Prof. Jeffrey Schwartz (1975-1976) and at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich for Prof. Dieter Seebach (1979-1980). He was Professor of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, from 1989 to 2005. He was also AvH Visiting Professor at Technische Universität Braunschweig, Institute for Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry (1999-2004) and Universität Bonn, Institute for Inorganic Chemistry (2006 and 2011). He is Emeritus Professor of Tohoku University and Adjunct Professor of The University of Alabama, Department of Chemistry, since 2005.

He was awarded Alexander von Humboldt Research Award in 1999 (in addition, 2007 and 2011 extended) and International Arbuzovs Prize in 2005.

Editors: Heteroatom Chemistry, Phosphorus, Sulfur, and Silicon; Ex-editors: Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan, Chemistry Letters.

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[X-ray structure of bis(2,4,6-tri-t-butylphenyl)diphosphene (1.06MB)]

Overview of Research

Recently, modern organic chemistry has been covering broader areas than in the past, and in fact includes chemistry of almost all elements centering on the carbon atom. We have been interested in organic compounds carrying the heavier main group elements (or heteroatoms) such as sulfur, phosphorus, and selenium, stabilized by sterically bulky protecting groups. Thus, we have been involved in studies on synthesis, structure, reactivity, and physical properties of such unusual organic molecules. Since our target compounds are completely novel, most believed not to have existed as stable species unless kinetically or thermodynamically protected, we expect unusual properties or reactivities beyond our classical knowledge of organic chemistry, and those species are of interest in terms of both practical and theoretical science. New organic materials endowed with novel properties as conductors, magnets, liquid crystals, or hydrogen storage reservoirs can be expected to emerge from these studies on heteroatom chemistry as well as novel aromatic or π-electron systems.

Modeling the Direct Activation of Dihydrogen by a P2C2-Cyclic Biradical

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