Akira Suzuki
  • 2010 Nobel Prize in Chemistry


Japanese chemist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010 for the “for palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis” with Richard Heck and Ei-ichi Negishi.

Education and Work Experience

1960, Ph.D. in Chemistry, Hokkaido University
1961-2010, Associate Professor, Professor, Emeritus Professor, Hokkaido University
2014, Emeritus Professor, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Honors and Awards

2005, Honorary Member, The Chemical Society of Japan
2009, Fellow of the Royal Society
2010, The Order of Culture (Government of Japan)
2010, Nobel Prize in Chemistry
2015, Honorary Member of Science Council of Japan

Major Academic Achievements

“Suzuki Cross-coupling Reaction” of organic boron compounds in the presence of palladium as a catalyst and base presented in 1979 - had a profound impact on a wide range of research. “Suzuki Cross-coupling Reactions” has applications in various fields (e.g. medicine, agricultural chemicals, liquid crystals used in IT equipment, and organic EL as a new generation of luminescent materials), and represents a major contribution to the development and commercial manufacture of products commonly seen in today’s world.