Seiji Shinkai

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Seiji Shinkai
新海 征治
Seiji Shinkai.jpg
BornJuly 5, 1944
Fukuoka Prefecture
Alma materKyushu University
AwardsChemical Society of Japan Award(2003)
Daiwa Adrian Prize (2013)
Clarivate Citation Laureates (2013)
Order of the Sacred Treasure (2017)
Person of Cultural Merit (2018)

Seiji Shinkai (新海 征治, Shinkai Seiji, born July 5, 1944) is a Japanese chemist and professor of Kyushu University,[1][2] and emeritus professor.

Early life[edit]

Shinkai was born in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan, in 1944. He completed his B.S. in 1967 and Ph.D. in 1972 from Kyushu University.

Career and research[edit]

He is known for his pioneering research in molecular self-assembly. Molecular self-assembly is the assembly of molecules without guidance or management from an outside source.

His main field of expertise and research interests are Host Guest Chemistry, Molecular Recognition, Liquid Crystals/Organic Gelators, Sugar Sensing/Sugar-Based Combinatorial Chemistry, Boronic-acids, Polysaccharide-Polynucleotide Interactions, Sol-Gel Transcription and Inorganic Combinatorial Chemistry. His most recent research is related to chiral discrimination using AIE.

In 1979 he published the first light driven molecular machine in Tetrahedron Letters.[3]

To date (July 2019) he has published over 1024 original paper and 219 reviews and books.



  1. ^ 九州大学・高等研究院・組織・メンバー(written in Japanese)
  2. ^ "新海征治 Seiji Shinkai".
  3. ^ Shinkai, Seiji; Ogawa, Toshiyuki; Nakaji, Takahiro; Kusano, Yumiko; Nanabe, Osamu (1979). "Photocontrolled extraction ability of azobenzene-bridged azacrown ether". Tetrahedron Letters. 20 (47): 4569–4572. doi:10.1016/S0040-4039(01)86651-X.
  4. ^ "Izatt-Christensen Award Recipients".
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Shinkai Tamaru Lab".
  6. ^ "Daiwa Adrian Prizes 2013".
  7. ^ "Kyushu University Members".
  8. ^ "Office of the President - New Years Greeting".

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