Functional Organic Materials Laboratory Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Masahito Murai

Phone: +81-52-789-5019

  • Publication List
  • Masahito Murai graduated from Kyoto University in 2005, and received his Ph.D degree from the same university under the supervision of Prof. Kouichi Ohe in 2010. He also joined Prof. David J. Procter group at the University of Manchester for three months in 2008. Following the postdoctoral work as a JSPS research fellow at Tokyo Institute of Technology with Prof. Munetaka Akita in 2010 and at the University of California, Santa Barbara with Prof. Craig J. Hawker in 2011, he worked with Prof. Kazuhiko Takai at Okayama University as an Assistant Professor from 2012. He has been an associate professor at Nagoya University since 2019. His research has focused on the design, and development of novel catalytic transformations of unsaturated hydrocarbons, and their applications to the synthesis of carbon-based advanced functional materials.


    • The Adeka Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (2013)
    • The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists (2018)
    • Chemist Award BCA (2021)
    • Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (2022)

    Representative publications

    1. Iridium-Catalyzed Sequential Silylation and Borylation of Heteroarenes Based on the Regioselective C-H Bond Activation
      M. Murai, N. Nishinaka, K. Takai
      Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 57, 5843-5847 (2018).
    2. Structural Characterization and Unique Catalytic Performance of Reactive Silyl-Substituted Geminal Dichromiomethane Complexes Stabilized with Diamine Ligand
      M. Murai, R. Taniguchi, N. Hosokawa, Y. Nishida, H. Mimachi, T. Oshiki, K. Takai
      J. Am. Chem. Soc., 139, 13184-13192 (2017).
    3. Rhenium-Catalyzed 1,1-Difunctionalization of 1,n-Diynes with Carbon Nucleophiles Followed by Sequential Cyclization Leading to Tetrahydroindenone Derivatives
      M. Murai, E. Uemura, S. Hori, K. Takai
      Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56, 5862-5866 (2017).
    4. Rhenium-Catalyzed anti-Markovnikov Addition Reaction of Methanetricarboxylates to Unactivated Terminal Acetylenes
      S. Hori, M. Murai, K. Takai
      J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 1452-1457 (2015).
    5. Isolation and Structural Characterization of gem-Di(iodozincio)methane Complexes Stabilized with Nitrogen Ligands
      Y. Nishida, N. Hosokawa, M. Murai, K. Takai
      J. Am. Chem. Soc., 137, 114-117 (2015).