Ryoichi Kuwano, Professor

Ryoichi Kuwano was born in Nagoya in 1969. He received his Master’s degree in 1994 and Ph. D. in 1998 from Kyoto University (Japan) under the direction of Professor Masaya Sawamura and Professor Yoshihiko Ito. 

He was appointed as an Assistant Professor in Professor Ito’s group at Kyoto University in 1995.  In 2001–2002, he joined the research group of Professor John F. Hartwig at Yale University as a researcher with a MEXT program.  He moved to Kyushu University as an associate professor in 2002, and was promoted to a full professor in 2009. 

 He has received Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award of Encouragement (2005), Incentive Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (2005), the Commendation for Science and Technology by MEXT, The Young Scientists’ Prize (2008).

CV [日本語] [English]

Publications from Kuwnao group
Publications at Kyoto and Yale Universities and others
    1. “Unsymmetric Indolylmaleimides: Synthesis, Photophysical Properties and Amyloid Detection”  Manabu Nakazono, Konen Obayashi, Yuji Oshikawa, Kazushi Tani, Genki Suenaga, Yukio Ando, Shinkoh Nanbu, and Ryoichi Kuwano, J. Photochem. Photobiol. A: Chem. 289, 39–46 (2014). [link to journal article]
    2. “Fluorescence and Chemiluminescence Properties of Indolylmaleimides: Experimental and Theoretical Studies”  Manabu Nakazono, Ai Jinguji, Shinkoh Nanbu, Ryoichi Kuwano, Zilong Zheng, Kenichiro Saita, Yuji Oshikawa, Yuta Mikuni, Tatsuhiro Murakami, Yi Zhao, Shigeki Sasaki, and Kiyoshi Zaitsu, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12 (33), 9783–9793 (2010). [link to journal article]
    3. “A Trans-Chelating Bisphosphine Possessing Only Planar Chirality and its Application to Catalytic Asymmetric Reactions”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Takashi Uemura, Makoto Saitoh, and Yoshihiko Ito, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry15 (14), 2263–2271 (2004). [link to journal article] (invited)
    4. “Asymmetric Allylation of Unsymmetrical 1,3-Diketones Using a BINAP−Palladium Catalyst”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Kei-ichi Uchida, and Yoshihiko Ito, Org. Lett.5 (12), 2177–2179 (2003). [link to journal article]
    5. “Rhodium-Catalyzed Anti-Markovnikov Hydroamination of Vinylarenes”  Masaru Utsunomiya, Ryoichi Kuwano, Motoi Kawatsura, and John F. Hartwig, J. Am. Chem. Soc.125 (19), 5608–5609 (2003). [link to journal article]
    6. “Unparalleled Rates for the Activation of Aryl Chlorides and Bromides: Coupling with Amines and Boronic Acids in Minutes at Room Temperature”  James P. Stambuli, Ryoichi Kuwano, and John F. Hartwig, Angew. Chem.114 (24), 4940–4942 (2002) [link to journal article]Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.41 (24), 4746–4748 (2002). [link to journal article]
    7. “Aqueous Hydroxide as a Base for Palladium-Catalyzed Amination of Aryl Chlorides and Bromides”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Masaru Utsunomiya, and John F. Hartwig, J. Org. Chem.67 (18), 6479–6486 (2002). [link to journal article]
    8. “Catalytic Asymmetric Hydrogenation of α-(Acetamido)acrylates Using TRAP Trans-Chelating Chiral Bisphosphine Ligands: Remarkable Effects of Ligand P-Substituent and Hydrogen Pressure on Enantioselectivity”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Masaya Sawamura, and Yoshihiko Ito, Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn.73 (11), 2571–2578 (2000). [link to journal article]
    9. “Catalytic Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Heteroaromatic Compounds, Indoles”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Koji Sato, Takashi Kurokawa, Daisuke Karube, and Yoshihiko Ito, J. Am. Chem. Soc.122 (31), 7614–7615 (2000). [link to journal article]
    10. “Asymmetric Aldol Reaction of 2-Cyanopropionates Catalyzed by a Trans-Chelating Chiral Diphosphine–Rhodium(I) Complex: Highly Enantioselective Construction of Quaternary Chiral Carbon Centers at α-Positions of Nitriles”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Hiroshi Miyazaki, and Yoshihiko Ito, J. Organomet. Chem.603 (1), 18–29 (2000). [link to journal article]
    11. “Hydrogenation of Five-Membered Heteroaromatic Compounds Catalyzed by a Rhodium–Phosphine Complex”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Koji Sato, and Yoshihiko Ito, Chem. Lett.29 (4), 428–429 (2000). [link to journal article]
    12. “Asymmetric Hydrosilylation of Ketones Using Trans-Chelating Chiral Peralkylbisphosphine Ligands Bearing Primary Alkyl Substituents on Phosphorus Atoms”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Masaya Sawamura, Junya Shirai, Masatoshi Takahashi, and Yoshihiko Ito, Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn.73(2), 485–496 (2000). [link to journal article]
    13. “Catalytic Asymmetric Hydrogenation of 1-Aza-2-cycloalkene-2-carboxylates Catalyzed by a Trans-Chelating Chiral Diphosphine PhTRAP–Rhodium Complex.”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Daisuke Karube, and Yoshihiko Ito, Tetrahedron Lett. 40 (51), 9045–9049 (1999). [link to journal article]
    14. “Enantioselective Construction of Quaternary α-Carbon Centers on α-Amino Phosphonates via Catalytic Asymmetric Allylation”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Ryo Nishio, and Yoshihiko Ito, Org. Lett.1 (6), 837–839 (1999). [link to journal article]
    15. “Catalytic Asymmetric Allylation of Prochiral Nucleophiles, α-Acetamido-β-ketoesters”  Ryoichi Kuwano and Yoshihiko Ito, J. Am. Chem. Soc.121 (13), 3236–3237 (1999). [link to journal article]
    16. “Synthesis of a Trans-Chelating Chiral Diphosphine Ligand with Only Planar Chirality and its Application to Asymmetric Hydrosilylation of Ketones”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Takashi Uemura, Makoto Saitoh, and Yoshihiko Ito, Tetrahedron Lett.40 (7), 1327–1330 (1999). [link to journal article]
    17. “Asymmetric Hydrogenation of 1,4,5,6-Tetrahydropyrazine-2-(Ntert-butyl)carboxamide Catalyzed by Trans-Chelating Chiral Diphosphine−Rhodium Complexes”  Ryoichi Kuwano and Yoshihiko Ito, J. Org. Chem.64 (4), 1232–1237 (1999). [link to journal article]
    18. “Asymmetric Hydrogenation of (E)-α,β-Bis(N-acylamino)acrylates Catalyzed by a Rhodium Complex with Trans-Chelating Chiral Diphosphine Ligand”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Satoshi Okuda, and Yoshihiko Ito, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry9 (16), 2773–2775 (1998). [link to journal article]
    19. “Catalytic Asymmetric Synthesis of β-Hydroxy-α-amino Acids:  Highly Enantioselective Hydrogenation of β-Oxy-α-acetamidoacrylates”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Satoshi Okuda, and Yoshihiko Ito, J. Org. Chem.63 (10), 3499–3503 (1998). [link to journal article]
    20. “Reduction of Amides to Amines via Catalytic Hydrosilylation by a Rhodium Complex”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Masatoshi Takahashi, and Yoshihiko Ito, Tetrahedron Lett.39 (9), 1017–1020 (1998).[link to journal article]
    21. “Asymmetric Aldol Reaction of 2-Cyanopropionates Catalysed by Trans-Chelating Chiral Diphosphine Ligand TRAP–Rhodium(I) Complex”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Hiroshi Miyazaki, and Yoshihiko Ito, Chem. Commun., (1), 71–72 (1998). [link to journal article]
    22. Trans-Chelating Chiral Peralkyldiphosphine Ligands (R,R)-(S,S)-2,2″-Bis[1-(dialkylphosphino)ethyl]-1,1″-biferrocenes (AlkylTRAPs) and Their Transition Metal Complexes”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Masaya Sawamura, Satoshi Okuda, Tomohito Asai, Yoshihiko Ito, Martine Redon, and Alain Krief, Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn.70 (11), 2807–2822 (1997). [link to journal article]
    23. “Enantioselective Cycloisomerization of 1,6-Enynes Catalyzed by Chiral Diphosphane–Palladium Complexes”  Andreas Goeke, Ryoichi Kuwano, Yoshihiko Ito, and Masaya Sawamura, Angew. Chem.106 (6), 686–687 (1996) [link to journal article]Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl.35 (6), 662–663 (1996). [link to journal article]
    24. “Catalytic Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Dimethyl Itaconate with Trans-Chelating Chiral Diphosphine Ligands TRAP–Rhodium Complexes”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Masaya Sawamura, and Yoshihiko Ito, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry6 (10), 2521–2526 (1995). [link to journal article](invited).
    25. “Synthesis and Structures of Trans-Chelating Chiral Diphosphine Ligands Bearing Aromatic P-Substituents, (S,S)-(R,R)- and (R,R)-(S,S)-2,2”-Bis[1-(diarylphosphino)ethyl]-1,1”-biferrocene (ArylTRAPs) and Their Transition Metal Complexes”  Masaya Sawamura, Hitoshi Hamashima, Masanobu Sugawara, Ryoichi Kuwano, and Yoshihiko Ito, Organometallics14 (10), 4549–4558 (1995). [link to journal article]
    26. “Enantioselective Hydrogenation of β-Disubstituted α-Acetamidoacrylates Catalyzed by Rhodium Complexes with TRAP Trans-Chelating Chiral Phosphine Ligands.”  Masaya Sawamura, Ryoichi Kuwano, and Yoshihiko Ito, J. Am. Chem. Soc.117 (37), 9602–9603 (1995). [link to journal article]
    27. “Asymmetric Hydrosilylation of Symmetrical Diketones Catalyzed by a Rhodium Complex with Trans-Chelating Chiral Diphosphine EtTRAP”  Ryoichi Kuwano, Masaya Sawamura, Junya Shirai, Masatoshi Takahashi, and Yoshihiko Ito, Tetrahedron: Asymmetry36 (29), 5239–5242 (1995). [link to journal article]
    28. “Asymmetric Hydrosilylation of Keto Esters Catalyzed by a Rhodium Complex with Trans-Chelating Chiral Diphosphine EtTRAP”  Masaya Sawamura, Ryoichi Kuwano, Junya Shirai, and Yoshihiko Ito, Synlett, (4), 347–348 (1995). [link to journal article]
    29. trans-Chelating Chiral Diphosphane Ligands Bearing Flexible P-Alkyl Substituents (AlkylTRAPs) and their Application to the Rhodium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Hydrosilylation of Simple Ketones”  Masaya Sawamura, Ryoichi Kuwano, and Yoshihiko Ito, Angew. Chem.106(1), 92–93 (1994) [link to journal article]Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl.33 (1), 111–113 (1994).[link to journal article]
    30. “Dipped Adcluster Model and SAC-CI Method Applied to Harpooning, Chemiluminescence and Electron Emission in Halogen Chemisorption on Alkali Metal Surface”  Hiroshi Nakatsuji, Ryoichi Kuwano, Hiroshi Morita, and Hiromi Nakai, J. Mol. Cat.82 (2–3), 211–228 (1993). [link to journal article]