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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.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).
  • 2.Luo, Y., Teng, H., Nishiura, M. and Hou, Z.:
    "Asymmetric Yttrium-Catalyzed C(sp3)−H Addition of 2-Methyl Azaarenes to Cyclopropenes"
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 56, 9207-9210 (2017).
  • 3.Teng, H., Luo, Y., Wang,B., Zhang, L., Nishiura, M. and Hou, Z.:
    "Synthesis of Chiral Aminocyclopropanes by Rare-Earth-Metal-Catalyzed Cyclopropene Hydroamination"
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55, 15406-15410 (2016).
  • 4.Shi, X., Nishiura, M. and Hou, Z.:
    "Simultaneous Chain-Growth and Step-Growth Polymerization of Methoxystyrenes by Rare Earth Catalysts"
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55, 14812-14817 (2016).
  • 5.Kang, X., Luo, G., Luo, L., Hu, S., Luo, Y. and Hou, Z.:
    "Mechanistic Insights into Ring Cleavage and Contraction of Benzene over a Titanium Hydride Cluster"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 11550-11559 (2016).
  • 6.Shi, X., Nishiura, M. and Hou, Z.:
    "C−H Polyaddition of Dimethoxyarenes to Unconjugated Dienes by Rare Earth Catalysts"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc.138, 6147-6150 (2016).
  • 7.Ma, Y., Wang, B., Zhang, L. and Hou, Z.:
    "Boron-Catalyzed Aromatic C–H Bond Silylation with Hydrosilanes"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 3663-3666 (2016).
  • 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
Baoli Wang
Postdoctoral Researcher
Yuanhong Ma
Postdoctoral Researcher
Gu Zhan
Postdoctoral Researcher
Yong Luo
Postdoctoral Researcher
Wei Zhou
Postdoctoral Researcher
Yi Luo
Visiting Scientist
Sayoko Nagashima
Visiting Scientist
Kei Nishii
Visiting Scientist
Munetaka Akita
Visiting Scientist
Wei Gao
Visiting Scientist
Shixuan Xin
Visiting Scientist
Wenxuan Xu
Student Trainee
Xia Wu
Student Trainee
Akiko Karube
Part-time Worker
Yuka Cowart

Contact Information

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