The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2001     

General hydrogenations


Ryoji Noyori
Nagoya University, Chikusa, Nagoya, Japan

Ryoji Noyori realised the need for more selective catalysts with broader applications. Among the catalysts he has developed is Ru-BINAP, which is used for the synthesis of (R)-1,2-propandiol in the production of an antibiotic, levofloxacin. Noyori's catalysts are widely used for the synthesis of fine chemicals and pharmaceutical products as well as new advanced materials.

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