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Biography

Yuji obtained his BSc (Hons) in 2012 and PhD in 2017 at Monash University under the supervision of Prof. David W. Lupton studying NHC-catalysed enantioselective C–C bond formation reactions. Following these studies, Yuji moved to Princeton University as a Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow investigating biocatalytic oxidoreductase transformations under the guidance of Asst. Prof. Todd K. Hyster from 2017 – 2019. Yuji then returned to Melbourne, Australia as a Postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Jonathan Baell at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Science.

Research interests

  • Novel biocatalytic techniques
  • Innovative approaches to target based organic synthesis
  • Applications of catalysis and synthesis in Green chemical research and waste reduction

External positions

Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Princeton University

1 Aug 20178 May 2019

Keywords

  • Organic chemistry
  • Biocatalysis
  • Organocatalysis
  • Catalysis
  • Synthetic Chemistry

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Research Output 2013 2019

Biocatalytic hydrogen atom transfer: an invigorating approach to free-radical reactions

Nakano, Y., Biegasiewicz, K. F. & Hyster, T. K., 1 Apr 2019, In : Current Opinion in Chemical Biology. 49, p. 16-24 9 p.

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Enantioselective N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalysis that Exploits Imine Umpolung

Fernando, J. E. M., Nakano, Y., Zhang, C. & Lupton, D. W., 1 Jan 2019, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 58, 12, p. 4007-4011 5 p.

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Enantioselective N-Heterocyclic Carbene Catalyzed Cyclopentene Synthesis via the β-Azolium Ylide

Scott, L., Nakano, Y., Zhang, C. & Lupton, D. W., 6 Aug 2018, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 57, 32, p. 10299-10303 5 p.

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Enantioselective N-heterocyclic carbene catalysis by the umpolung of α,β-unsaturated ketones

Nakano, Y. & Lupton, D. W., 24 Feb 2016, In : Angewandte Chemie - International Edition. 55, 9, p. 3135-3139 5 p.

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Lewis base catalysis of three n-pi* mediated reactions with N-heterocyclic carbenes (NHCs), isothioureas, bicyclic tertiary amines, and electron-rich pyridyls

Candish, L., Nakano, Y. & Lupton, D., 2014, In : Synthesis-Stuttgart. 46, 14, p. 1823 - 1835 13 p.

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