Interview with Laurean Ilies

This Young Career Focus presents Laurean Ilies (The University of Tokyo, Japan). Laurean Ilies studied chemistry at Babes-Bolyai University (Romania) and The University of Tokyo (Japan) where he graduated in 2004 and received his PhD in 2009. In 2006, he spent several months as a visiting researcher at The University of Chicago (USA) in the group of Professor Rustem Ismagilov. In 2009, he was appointed assistant professor at The University of Tokyo, where he continued his collaboration with Professor Ei-ichi Nakamura and was promoted to associate professor in 2014. His main research interest is the development of sustainable catalysis using base metals such as iron, cobalt, manganese, etc., with a focus on step-efficient reactions such as C–H activation, annulation, etc. This research earned him several prizes, among them the Banyu Chemist Award (2014), Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (2015), and the Incentive Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry (2015).

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