Masahito Murai

Post Doc
Masahito Murai
Bio: 

Masahito was born in Aichi prefecture, Japan in 1981.    He pursued his research at Kyoto University under the direction of Prof. Kouichi Ohe.  His doctoral study was focused on the development of atom-economical synthetic methods for nitrogen-containing heterocycles based on transition metal-catalyzed cycloisomerization reactions of nitriles having multifunctionalities.  During that he also worked on the total synthesis of Stolonidiol using SmI2-mediated regio and stereoselective spirocyclization in the group of Prof. David J. Procter in University of Manchester, UK in August 2008.  After he received his Ph.D. in March 2010, he moved to Tokyo and studied the supramolecular chemistry of stimuli-responsive zinc porphyrin-FeCp*(dppe) conjugates with Prof. Munetaka Akita at Tokyo Institute of Technology as a postdoctoral fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).  He has started his research in the Hawker group since June 2011. His current research concerns about the design and synthesis of novel azulene-based materials for organic field-effect transistors and organic photovoltaic devices.