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Chief Scientist Laboratories Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory

Chief Scientist: Zhaomin Hou (D.Eng.)

Research Summary

Zhaomin  Hou(D.Eng.)

"New Catalysts, New Reactions, New Materials" -this is the main research theme at the Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory. The discovery of novel catalysts can lead to the development of unprecedented chemical reactions and the creation of innovative functional materials that cannot be synthesized by traditional methods. Our research interests cover broad areas of organometallic chemistry, which include the synthesis of new organometallic complexes having novel structures, the development of more efficient, selective catalysts for olefin polymerization and organic synthesis, and the activation and efficient utilization of small molecules. Much of our work lies at the interfaces between inorganic, organic, polymer, and materials chemistry, with an emphasis being placed on the development of our original catalysts for applications in efficient, selective chemical synthesis.

Main Research Fields

  • Chemistry

Related Research Fields

  • Environmental Science
  • Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering
  • Medicine, Dentistry & Pharmacy
  • Organic chemistry
  • Synthetic chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry


  • Olefin Polymerization
  • C-H Bond Functionalization
  • Dinitrogen Activation
  • Transformation of Carbon Dioxide to Useful Chemicals
  • Asymmetric Catalysis

Selected Publications

  • 1. Lou, S., Zhuo, Q., Nishiura, M., Luo, G., and Hou, Z.:
    "Enantioselective C–H Alkenylation of Ferrocenes with Alkynes by Half-Sandwich Scandium Catalyst"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 143, 2470-2476 (2021).
  • 2. Mo, Z., Shima, T., Hou, Z.:
    "Synthesis and Diverse Transformations of a Dinitrogen Dititanium Hydride Complex Bearing Rigid Acridane-Based PNP-Pincer Ligands"
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 59, 8635-8644 (2020).
  • 3. Cong, X., Zhan, G., Mo, Z., Nishiura, M., and Hou, Z.:
    "Diastereodivergent [3+2] Annulation of Aromatic Aldimines with Alkenes via C-H Activation by Half-Sandwich Rare-Earth Catalysts"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 142, 5531-5537 (2020).
  • 4. Li, Z., Zhang, L., Nishiura, M., Luo, G., Luo, Y., Hou, Z.:
    "CO2 Activation by Lewis Pairs Generated Under Copper Catalysis Enables Difunctionalization of Imines"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 142, 1966-1974 (2020).
  • 5. Wang, H., Zhao, Y., Nishiura, M., Yang, Y., Luo, G., Luo, Y., Hou, Z.:
    "Scandium-Catalyzed Regio- and Stereoselective Cyclopolymerization of Functionalized α, ω-Dienes and Copolymerization with Ethylene"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141, 12624-12633 (2019).
  • 6. Wang, H., Yang, Y., Nishiura, M., Higaki, Y., Takahara, A., Hou, Z.:
    "Synthesis of Self-Healing Polymers by Scandium-Catalyzed Copolymerization of Ethylene and Anisylpropylenes"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141, 3249-3257 (2019).
  • 7. Wang, C., Luo, G., Nishiura, M., Song, G., Yamamoto, A., Luo, Y., and Hou, Z.:
    "Heteroatom-assisted olefin polymerization by rare-earth metal catalysts"
    Sci. Adv. 3, e170101 (2017).
  • 8. Nishiura, M., Guo, F., and Hou, Z.:
    "Half-Sandwich Rare-Earth-Catalyzed Olefin Polymerization, Carbometalation, and Hydroarylation"
    Acc. Chem. Res. 48, 2209-2220 (2015).
  • 9. Hu, S., Shima, T., and Hou, Z.:
    "Carbon-Carbon Bond Cleavage and Rearrangement of Benzene by a Trinuclear Titanium Hydride"
    Nature, 512, 413-415 (2014).
  • 10. Shima, T., Hu, S., Luo, G., Kang, X., Luo, Y., and Hou, Z.:
    "Dinitrogen Cleavage and Hydrogenation by a Trinuclear Titanium Polyhydride Complex"
    Science, 340, 1549-1552 (2013).

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Zhaomin Hou
Chief Scientist

Core members

Satoshi Kamiguchi
Senior Research Scientist
Masayoshi Nishiura
Senior Research Scientist
Takanori Shima
Senior Research Scientist
Masanori Takimoto
Senior Research Scientist
Liang Zhang
Senior Research Scientist
Qingde Zhuo
Postdoctoral Researcher
Xiaoxi Zhou
Special Postdoctoral Researcher
Kei Nishii
Visiting Scientist
Munetaka Akita
Visiting Scientist
Akiko Karube
Research Part-time Worker II
Yuka Cowart
Keiko Nakamura
Administrative Part-time Worker I

Contact Information

Chemistry and Materials Physics Bldg,
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
Email: houz [at] riken.jp