Akai Group, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osaka University


What’s New

Oct. 25, 2022 Associate Prof Sawama, Miyu Mae (M1) and colleagues’ paper ‘Oxidative Two-way Regiocontrolled Coupling of 3-Methoxycarbonylcatechol and Indoles to Arylindoles’ was published in Chemical Communication. Click here for details.
Oct. 20, 2022 Satoshi Horino (D1) and his colleagues’ paper “Enantiodivergent Chemoenzymatic Dynamic Kinetic Resolution: Conversion of Racemic Propargyl Alcohols into Both Enantiomers” has been published in Chemistry – A European Journal and was accepted as a cover picture. It was also introduced on the website of the Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University.
Oct. 12, 2022 Special Lecture by Prof Kei Okubo (Osaka University, Faculty of Advanced Co-creative Studies). Photo
Sep. 20 – Oct. 11, 2022 Prof Harald Gröger (Bielefeld University, Germany) stayed at the University as a visiting professor by cross-appointment with support from the University’s International Collaborative Research Promotion Programme, where he held joint research meetings, gave lectures and provided research guidance to students. Photo
Oct. 6, 2022 A joint research paper by Assistant Professor Kanamata has been published in Cellulose Chemistry and Technology. Click here for details.
Oct. 3, 2022 Assistant Professor Kanomata’s joint research project has been selected for the Osaka University Datability Frontier Organisation (IDS) Interdisciplinary Co-Creation Project.
Sep. 26, 2022 Satoshi Horino (D1) received the Best Presentation Award at the Mini-Symposium on Organic Chemistry.
Sep. 21 and 26, 2022 Mini-Symposium on Organic Chemistry. Click here for details.
Aug.10, 2022 Nineteen high school students experienced experiments in our laboratory.
July. 7, 2022 Prof Dominique Cahard special lecture.
Jun. 30, 2022 Prof Sawama’s article appeared in Production and Technology vol. 74, No. 3 Summer issue.
May. 6, 2022: Naoki Oka (D3) and his colleagues’ paper has been published in Organic letters and accepted for cover art. Click here for details.
May. 1, 2022: Kengo Kasama et al.’s paper was published in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin and was also selected as Highlighted Paper selected by Editor-in-Chief.
Apr. 21, 2022: Shogo Moriyama (D2) and Keisuke Imai (M1) received the Best Student Presentation Award (Poster) at the 142nd Annual Meeting of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan.
Apr. 1, 2022: Kazuho Ban (D1) has been selected to receive a scholarship grant from the Chugai Foundation for Drug Discovery and Science for the fiscal year 2022.
Apr. 1, 2022: With new members, our research activities for the new fiscal year have started.

Mar. 24, 2022: Keisuke Imai (B4) and Jihoon Moon (B4) received Start-up Award, Tomoya Nishio (M2) and Yuto Masuda (M2) received Young Scientist Encouragement Award, and Kengo Kasama (D4) received Encouragement Award at Osaka University Sawai Memorial Pharmaceutical Society Award.
Mar. 24, 2022: Graduation ceremony was held.
Mar. 17, 2022: Assistant Professor Kanomata and Professor Akai’s research results entitled “Synthetic Organic Chemistry Utilizing Solid Catalysts with Nanosized Pores” was introduced in “Osaka University Research Seeds 2022”. Click here for details
Mar. 7, 2022: Assistant Prof. Kyohei Kanamata was selected for a FY2022 experimental research grant from the Kansai Foundation for Promotion of Energy and Recycling Science.
Mar. 5, 2022: Assistant Prof. Kyohei Kanomata’s joint paper has been accepted for publication in Organic Chemistry Frontiers.Click here for details
Feb. 16, 2022: Kengo Kasama (4th-year PhD student) presented his results at the doctoral dissertation public hearing.
Jan. 20, 2022: Assistant Professor Kyohei Kanamata was selected for the 42nd (FY2021) Research Grant from the Pharmaceutical Research Promotion Foundation.
Feb. 1, 2022: A review article entitled “Toward a Comprehensive Synthesis of Deuterium-Labeled Functional Materials” summarizing Associate Professor Sawama’s recent research results has been published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Click here for details
Nov. 29, 2021: Neha Dhiman, a student from India, joined our group. Click here for the latest group photo.
Nov. 9, 2021: Naoki Oka (2nd-year PhD student) won the Best Presentation Award for his presentation on “Development of aromatic boronic esters with sterically protected boron vacant orbitals” at the 119th Symposium on Organic Synthesis. It was also introduced in the “Research Topics” section of the Osaka University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences website,.
Oct. 29, 2021: Kengo Kasama (4th-year PhD student) and Shogo Moriyama (1st-year PhD student) have been selected for the Next Generation Challenging Researcher Training Project at Osaka University.
Sep. 15-17, 2021: Shuji Akai chaired the 63rd Symposium on the Chemistry of Natural Products which was held at the Osaka City Central Public Hall and online as a hybrid style.
Aug. 31, 2021: Recent Trends in Flow Microsynthesis, a book written by Shuji Akai et al. and edited by Koichi Fukase and Aiichiro Nagaki, has been published by CMC Publishing. Click here for details
Aug. 4, 2021: Naoki Oka (2nd-year PhD student) won the Excellence Award for his presentation on “Development of Aromatic Boronic Acid Esters with Both Stability and Reactivity” at the 41st Young Scientists’ Seminar on Organic Synthesis “For Tomorrow’s Leaders in Organic Synthesis”.
July 8, 2021: The paper by Tomoya Nishio and Assistant Professor Kyohei Kanomata on “Direct nucleophilic substitution of alcohols using an immobilized oxovanadium catalyst” was selected as the cover art of European Journal of Organic Chemistry and also introduced in Chemistry Views.
July 1, 2021: Takashi Ikawa, former Associate Professor of Chemistry, and Akito Heguri et al. published a paper titled “Could London Dispersion Force Control Regioselective (2 + 2) Cyclodimerizations of Benzynes?” in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, and it was selected as the cover art of the journal. It was also introduced in the “Research Topics” section of the Osaka University Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences website.
May 1, 2021: Prof. Shuji Akai gave an online lecture titled “Challenging New Dream Drugs: Aiming for Zero Side Effects” at the 2021 Osaka University Icho Festival.
Apr. 7, 2021: An article written by Kengo Kasama (4th-year PhD student) has been published in the “Review de Debut” section of the Journal of the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan.
Apr. 1, 2021: Dr. Yoshinari Sawama has joined our group as an Associate Professor.
Apr. 1, 2021: With new members, our research activities for the new fiscal year have started.