Catalysis and Integrated Research Group

Group Director

Mikiko Sodeoka

D.Pharm.

Mikiko Sodeoka

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1986
Research Associate, Hokkaido University
1989
D.Pharm., Chiba University
1992
Research Associate, University of Tokyo
1996
Vice Chief Scientist/Chief Scientist, Sagami Chemical Research Center
1999
Associate Professor, University of Tokyo
2000
Professor, Tohoku University
2004
Chief Scientist, Synthetic Organic Chemistry Laboratory, RIKEN (-current)
2013
Group Director, Catalysis and Integrated Research Group, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (-current)

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sodeoka

Catalysis and Integrated Research Group,
RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

#S601 6F Chemistry and Materials Physics Building,
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan
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Outline

Catalysis and Integrated Research Group
Our group focuses on the development of new transition metal-catalyzed reactions, and on conducting integrated research of plant science and chemistry with emphasis on sustainable resource science. In particular, we aim at developing methodologies for manipulation and/or modulation of structures and functions of organic molecules by catalytic oxidation reactions utilizing molecular oxygen, which will contribute to the effective utilization of carbon- and metal-based resources. In addition, investigation on the transformations of readily accessible natural organic molecules into valuable materials based on fine synthetic organic chemistry, as well as on the effective utilization of materials synthesized by newly developed reactions or from secondary metabolites of plants are of interest. In particular, we are studying various aspects of secondary metabolites of plants, whose effects on plants and animals have not been well clarified. Furthermore, this group will also contribute to enhance the collaboration between plant/microbiology research and chemical research activities inside CSRS.

Subjects

  1. Development of catalytic transformations aiming at effective utilization of carbons, oxygens, and metals
  2. Functional analysis of secondary metabolites and investigation on the use of them
  3. Integrated Researches in CSRS