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Professor Lei Aiwen: the second Chinese winner of the Yoshida Prize
Author:Lu Qingquan  Date:2020-02-21  Clicks:

The 4th Yoshida Prize Symposium was recently held in Kyoto, Japan, and Professor Lei Aiwen was awarded the Yoshida Prize for his great contributions to green catalytic synthesis.

Professor Yoshida(right) giving the Prize to Professor Lei Aiwen(left)

The committee of the Symposium placed high value on Lei’s academic achievements, commenting that “Through his newly developed catalytic system, his contributions to organic chemistry have greatly influenced various fields of organic chemistry. He has been devoting himself to developing a green catalytic system. For example, he has developed a series of hydrogen desorption cross-coupling reactions without external oxidants, and he has achieved more environmentally friendly chemical conversion by photocatalysis and electrocatalysis. These contributions are significant for humanity’s strive to protect the earth through organic synthesis.”

At the Symposium, Lei Aiwen was invited to give an award lecture entitled Oxidation-Induced Formal C-H Activation and Oxidative Cross-Coupling with H2 Evolution.

The Yoshida Prize is supported by the International Organic Chemistry Foundation (IOCF) and named after Professor Yoshida. It aims at awarding Asian chemists who have made great contributions to organic chemistry with one award each year. There have so far been four recipients of this prize. The three previous winners were: Academician Ding Kuiling from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Academician Sukbok Chang from Hanlin Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea) and Luo Deping, academician of the National Academy of Sciences (Singapore) and the Academy of Sciences (Malaysia).

Lei Aiwen’s field of research is organic synthetic chemistry and physical organic chemistry. He has proposed to build new patterns of oxidative cross-coupling reactions of organic molecules based on two nucleophiles. And he is dedicated to developing new and greener oxidative cross-coupling systems, which have evolved into the 4th generation and transferred from using organometallic reagents to directly using cheap and easily available hydrocarbons to oxidate. He developed a series of bulk industrial raw materials as nucleophiles of chemical reactions, which have converted simple molecules into high value-added fine chemicals and complex organic molecules. Moreover, he has long been using large-scale scientific facilities including in situ FTIR and synchrotron radiation. He obtained quantitative kinetic data of elementary reactions under actual reaction conditions and systematically studied the XANES, EXAFS spectral information of intermediate products in solution, and thus provided new identification methods for problems of reaction mechanism. Lei Aiwen is the corresponding author of more than 360 papers,and more than 100 of them have an IF>12.0. Total citations of the papers are over 20,000 and the H index is 78. Lei Aiwen was selected into the list of Global “Highly Cited Scientists” of Thomson Reuters and Elsevier from 2016 to 2019, and he was funded by The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, Key Programs, the Chang Jiang Scholars Program and the 973 Program.


Rewritten by: Liu Xinfan

Edited by: Cao Siyi, Shen Yuxi and Hu Sijia


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