About HN

Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Naka 中 寛史 

Associate Professor
Department of Organic Chemistry, Graduated School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University

Past research interests

Solving problems related to organic/organometallic chemistry and catalysis. In particular,

  1. Homogeneous/heterogeneous catalysis using simple substances (H2, H2O and CO2) for selective organic synthesis.

  2. Photocatalytic conversion of alcohols for fine chemical synthesis.

  3. Chemical biology based on transition metal complexes.


  • 2020– Associate Professor, Graduated School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kyoto University, Japan

  • 2008–2020 Assistant Professor, Research Center for Materials Science, Nagoya University, Japan

  • 2006–2008 Research Associate, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tohoku University, Japan


  • 2008 Ph.D. in Chemistry, Nagoya University, Japan (Profs. Masanobu Uchiyama and Shigehiro Yamaguchi)

  • 2005 Visiting Student at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands (Prof. Koop Lammertsma)

  • 2005 M.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacy, the University of Tokyo, Japan

  • 2003 B.S. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Japan

External appointments

  • 2020-2023 Head Investigator of Grant-in-Aid for Transformative Research Area (B) "Deuterium Science"

  • 2012– Visiting Research Fellow at Tokyo University fo Science, Japan

  • 2008–2010 Visitng Research Fellow at Hokuriku University, Japan

  • 2006–2020 Visiting Research Fellow at RIKEN, Japan

Awards and honors

  • 2020 Incentive Award of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan 2019FY

  • 2018 Toyota Riken Scholar

  • 2015 Asian Core Program/Advanced Research Network Lectureship Award (Singapore)

  • 2014 Chemical Society of Japan Presentation Award

  • 2005 JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (DC1)

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