A Career in Catalysis: Masakatsu Shibasaki

Naoya Kumagai, Motomu Kanai, Hiroaki Sasai

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Professor Masakatsu Shibasaki's distinguished scientific accomplishments in the field of asymmetric catalysis are compiled here with particular emphasis on multimetallic cooperative catalysis. In 1992, he discovered revolutionary multimetallic chiral complexes composed of a rare earth metal, alkaline metals, and 1,1′-binaphthyl-2-binaphthols (BINOLs) that promoted a number of enantioselective reactions in a highly efficient and stereoselective manner. This finding resulted in chiral multimetallic catalysts that have significantly advanced the field of enantioselective catalysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4699-4709
Number of pages11
JournalACS Catalysis
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jul 1
Externally publishedYes


  • asymmetric catalysis
  • C-C bond formation
  • cooperative catalysis
  • multimetallic complexes
  • rare earth metals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)


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