Keiji Maruoka

Keiji Maruoka



Keiji Maruoka


Primary department

Org1 Org2 Org3 Job title
Graduate School of Science Chemistry   Professor

Research Topics

Development of Organocatalytic Chemistry


Overview of your research

The environmentally-benign organocatalysis has recently emerged as a field of research providing practical alternative or complementary technologies to the more traditional transition metal catalyzed systems. Accordingly, Maruoka has rationally designed various environmentally-benign chiral organocatalysts, and some of them are found to be quite useful in a practical manner for the development of environmentally-benign asymmetric organic transformations. For example, Nagase Co. Ltd. utilizes Simplified Maruoka CatalystR for the large-scale production (up to several hundred kilograms) of artificial amino acids for preparing pharmaceutically important starting materials and intermediates.


Fields of research (key words)

Organocatalyst; Green Chemistry; Maruoka CatalystR; artificial amino acid