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IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists - 2008
Honorable Mention


Takatsugu Tanaka receives one of four Honorable Mention awards associated with the IUPAC Prize for Young Chemists, for his Ph.D. thesis work entitled entitled "Studies on Organo-functionalized Carbon Clusters."

Current address (at the time of application)

E-mail: takatsugu@chem.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Academic degrees

  • Ph.D. The University of Tokyo, March 2008, Chemistry
  • M.S. The University of Tokyo, March, 2005, Chemistry
  • B.A. The University of Tokyo, March, 2003, Chemistry

Ph.D. Thesis

Title Studies on Organo-functionalized Carbon Clusters

Adviser Professor Eiichi Nakamura

Thesis Committee Prof. Shu Kobayashi; Prof. Takayuki Kawashima; Prof. Hiroshi Nishihara; Prof. Kaoru Yamanouchi (The University of Tokyo)


The development of the method for functionalization of carbon clusters is one of the important research topics because the functionalized carbon clusters will obtain much potential for application. As described in my thesis new multiple addition reactions are developed and these reactions are good candidates for supply of useful functionalized carbon clusters in practical scale. The modified carbon clusters are attractive enough that we want to investigate by ourselves. While the functionalization of outer surface is efficient in preparation of material, that of inner space gave the opportunity to “see” single small organic molecule.....[full text; pdf file - 565KB]


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