Title: Chemistry Professor
Company: Purdue University
Location: West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Ei-ichi Negishi, Chemistry Professor at Purdue University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in science education.
Interested in science from an early age, Dr. Negishi first earned a Bachelor of Science in organic chemistry at the University of Tokyo in 1958. Upon relocating to the United States, he received a PhD in organic chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. While studying in the United States, he began working as a research chemist for Teijin Ltd. in 1958. After a few years in this venture, he began his career in academia. Since 1999, Dr. Negishi has served in the role of the Herbert C. Brown Distinguished Chemistry Professor position at Purdue University. His work with the institution began in 1966 and he has also taught at Syracuse University, the University of Singapore and the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Dr. Negishi is known for his published work, contributing to many articles and publications. He is the author of the “Handbook of Organopalladium Chemistry for Organic Synthesis.” In addition, he has maintained professional affiliation in his field as a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Chemistry, The Chemical Society of Japan, the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, and Phi Lambda Epsilon.
Dr. Negishi has earned a number of awards and fellowships throughout his career. He has been a Harrison Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. In 2010, he also received the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. Dr. Negishi has also been acknowledged with the Yamada-Koga Prize from the Japan Research Foundation of Optically Active Compounds, a Gold Medal from Charles University, a Sir Edward Frankland Prize Lectureship from the Royal Society of Chemistry and an Organometallic Chemistry Award from the American Chemical Society among many other achievements.
The achievement Dr. Negishi is most proud of in his career is being a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010. Along with Richard F. Heck and Akira Suzuki, the scientists discovered palladium catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis. He is also known for the Negishi coupling, reaction couples organic halides or triflates with organozinc compounds, forming carbon-carbon bonds (c-c) in the process.
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