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Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University

Zhaomin Hou (Professor)

Field of Expertise:
Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis
Research Interest:
  1. Organo rare-earth catalysts for precision polymerization and organic synthesis
  2. Activation and efficient use of dinitrogen
  3. Use of carbon dioxide as a feedstock for organic synthesis
  4. Polynuclear metal hydride complexes for novel chemical transformations
Recent Papers:
  1. Y. Ma, B. Wang, L. Zhang, and Z. Hou,
    “Boron-Catalyzed Aromatic C–H Bond Silylation with Hydrosilanes”
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 138, 3663-3666 (2016).
  2. M. Nishiura, F. Guo, and Z. Hou
    “Half-Sandwich Rare-Earth-Catalyzed Olefin Polymerization, Carbometalation, and Hydroarylation”
    Acc. Chem. Res. 48, 2209-2220 (2015).
  3. S. Hu, T. Shima, and Z. Hou,
    “Carbon-Carbon Bond Cleavage and Rearrangement of Benzene by a Trinuclear Titanium Hydride”
    Nature 512, 413-415 (2014).
  4. G. Song, W. W. N. O, and Z. Hou,
    “Enantioselective C−H Bond Addition of Pyridines to Alkenes Catalyzed by Chiral Half-Sandwich Rare-Earth Complexes”
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 12209−12212 (2014).
  5. T. Shima, S. Hu, G. Luo, X. Kang, Y. Luo, Z. Hou,
    "Dinitrogen Cleavage and Hydrogenation by a Trinuclear Titanium Polyhydride Complex"
    Science 340, 1549-1552 (2013).
  6. J. Oyamada and Z. Hou,
    "Regioselective C-H Alkylation of Anisoles with Olefins Catalyzed by Cationic Half-Sandwich Rare Earth Alkyl Complexes"
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 51, 12828-12832 (2012).
  7. L. Zhang, J. Cheng, B. Carry and Z. Hou,
    "Catalytic Boracarboxylation of Alkynes with Diborane and Carbon Dioxide by an N-Heterocyclic Carbene Copper Catalyst"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 134, 14314-14317 (2012).
  8. B. Guan, Z. Hou,
    "Rare-Earth-Catalyzed C-H Bond Addition of Pyridine to Olefins"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 133, 18086-18089 (2011).
  9. T. Shima, Y. Luo, T. Stewart, R. Bau, G. J. Mclntyre, S. A. Mason and Z. Hou,
    "Molecular Heterometallic Hydride Clusters Composed of Rare-Earth and d-Transition Metals"
    Nature Chem. 3, 814-820 (2011).
  10. M. Nishiura and Z. Hou,
    "Novel Polymerization Catalysts and Hydride Clusters from Rare-Earth Metal Dialkyls"
    Nature Chem. 2, 257-268 (2010).
Contact Information:
Phone: 048-467-9393
FAX: 048-462-4665
E-mail: houz + @riken.jp
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