On 13th April 2018, Shoichi Michihisa Ueda(D2), Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, wins a CSJ Student Presentation Award 2018 in the 98th CSJ Annual Meeting.This award is given to outstanding oral presenters at the 98th CSJ annual meeting.
<About awarded research>
A planar pi-conjugated ring in its photoexcited state is energetically stabilized/destabilized according to the number of its pi-electrons. This stabilizing/destabilizing effect is called as Baird aromaticity/antiaromaticity, and it has been utilized to rationalize lots of photochemical and photophysical phenomena after the theoretical establishment in 1972. In this research, we focused on ring inversion behavior through a planar transition state of a molecule, and by combining experimental and computational chemistry, we have succeeded in substantiation of the stabilizing effect of Baird aromaticity for the first time.
I feel very honored to receive this award. I would like to thank Prof. Takuzo Aida, Dr. Yoshimitsu Itoh and other lab members.