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RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science Green Nanocatalysis Research Team

Team Leader: Yoichi Yamada (D.Phar.)

Research Summary

Yoichi  Yamada(D.Phar.)

“Can we show the general methodology for development of highly active & reusable catalysts?”, “If we can develop ultimately highly active catalysts, can they promote unrealized reactions?”, “If we cover catalysts with light, what reactions will be promoted?”, and “Can we develop suitable catalysts towards green sustainable chemistry?” It is our mission in this new team (established in FY2018) to show our answers against the above-mentioned questions. For this purpose, we will develop self-organized catalysts of polymer ligands and metal species, spatial catalysts where micro/nano space materials and catalytic molecules/clusters are merged, and photo-exited catalysts, on the basis of inspiration from enzymes, as well as living orgasms and materials that conduct photoelectric conversion.

Main Research Fields

  • Chemistry

Related Research Fields

  • Complex Systems
  • Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Medicine, Dentistry & Pharmacy


  • Polymer-metal catalysts
  • Supported catalysts
  • Highly active & reusable catalysts
  • Green sustainable chemistry
  • Photo catalysts

Selected Publications

  • 1.R. Hudson,* H. R. Zhang, A. LoTemplio, G. Bennedetto, G. Hamasaka, Y. M. A. Yamada,* J. L. Katz,* and Y. Uozumi,*.:
    "Tunable poly(meta-phenylene oxides) for the design of an efficient, reusable, metalloribozyme-mimetic catalytic platform"
    Chem. Commun. in press (2018) (DOI: 10.1039/C8CC00774H)
  • 2.T. S. Symeonidis, A. Athanasoulis, R. Ishii, Y. Uozumi, Y. M. A. Yamada,* and I. N. Lykakis*.:
    "Photocatalytic Aerobic Oxidation of Alkenes into Epoxides or Chlorohydrins Promoted by a Polymer-Supported Decatungstate Catalyst"
    ChemPhotoChem. 1, 479-484 (2017) (DOI: 10.1002/cptc.201700079)
  • 3.F. K.-C. Leung, F. Ishiwari, Y. Shoji, T. Nishikawa, R. Takeda, Y. Nagata, M. Suginome, Y. Uozumi, Y. M. A. Yamada,* and T. Fukushima*.:
    "Synthesis and Catalytic Applications of a Triptycene-Based Monophosphine Ligand for Palladium-Mediated Organic Transformations"
    ACS Omega, 2, 1930-1937 (2017) (DOI: 10.1021/acsomega.7b00200)
  • 4.Y. M. A. Yamada, * H. Yoshida, A. Ohno, T. Sato, T. Mase, and Yasuhiro Uozumi*.:
    "Huisgen Cycloaddition with Acetylene Gas by Using an Amphiphilic Self-Assembled Polymeric Copper Catalyst"
    Heterocycles, 95, 715-721 (2017) (DOI: 10.3987/COM-16-S(S)57), for Special Issue in honor of Professor Dr. Masakatsu Shibasaki on 70th Birthday
  • 5.F. K.-C. Leung, F. Ishiwari, T. Kajitani, Y. Shoji, T. Hikima, M. Takata, A. Saeki, S. Seki, Y. M. A. Yamada, and T. Fukushima.:
    "Supramolecular Scaffold for Tailoring the Two-Dimensional Assembly of Functional Molecular Units into Organic Thin Films"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 11727−11733 (2016).
  • 6.H. Baek, M. Minakawa, Y. M. A. Yamada,* J. Han and Y. Uozumi*.:
    "In-Water and Neat Batch and Continuous-Flow Direct Esterification and Transesterification by a Porous Polymeric Acid Catalyst"
    Sci. Rep. 6, 25925 (2016)
  • 7.Y. M. A. Yamada,* A. Ohno, T. Sato, and Y. Uozumi*.:
    "Instantaneous Click Chemistry by a Copper-Containing Polymeric-Membrane-Installed Microflow Catalytic Reactor"
    Chem. Eur. J. 21, 17269-17273 (2015). [Highlighted in ChemistryViews on November 1, 2015.
  • 8.T. Sato, A. Ohno, S. M. Sarkar, Y. Uozumi,* and Y. M. A. Yamada*.:
    "A Convoluted Polymeric Imidazole Palladium Catalyst: Structural Elucidation and Investigation of Driving Force for Efficient Mizoroki-Heck Reaction"
    ChemCatChem 7, 2141-2148 (2015)
  • 9.Y. M. A. Yamada,* Y. Yuyama, T. Sato, S. Fujikawa, Y. Uozumi.:
    "Hybrid of Palladium Nanoparticles and Silicon Nanowire Ar-ray: A Platform for Catalytic Heterogeneous Reactions"
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 53, 127-131 (2014)

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Yoichi Yamada
Team Leader

Core members

Takuma Sato
Research Scientist
Heeyoel Baek
Research Scientist
Zhenzhong Zhang
Research Scientist
Abhijit Sen
Postdoctoral Researcher
Valerii Bukhanko
Visiting Researcher
Aya Ohno
Technical Staff II

Contact Information

Chemistry and Materials Physics Building
2-1 Hirosawa,
Wako, Saitama
351-0198, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)48-467-9404
Fax: +81-(0)48-467-1423

Email: ymayamada [at] riken.jp