Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Rei Kinjo
Professor, School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences - Division of Chemistry & Biological Chemistry
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Rei KINJO was born in Okinawa, Japan in 1979. He received B.S. (2002), M.S. (2004), and Ph.D. (2007) degrees from Department of Chemistry, University of Tsukuba. From 2007 until 2011, he has served as a research fellow at the University of California, Riverside. During that time (2008-2010), he was a JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad. In 2011, he joined Nanyang Technological University as a Nanyang Assistant Professor. In 2017, he promoted to an Associate Professor with tenure. Three years later, he promoted to a Full Professor. His research interests are in main group chemistry and catalysis.
Our research principally focuses on the design and development of novel p-block element-containing molecules, and their application in catalysis.

Cleavage and formation of bonds are essential in chemistry. Development of new types of bonding and structural paradigms allows for construction of novel synthetic building blocks, which may lead to new molecules and materials previously inaccessible by conventional methods.

Reactive intermediates play a central role in fundamental research. Isolation of such species may provide significant knowledge to understand and control the complicated reactions. We develop bottleable molecules that are supposed to be only transient, and utilize some of them for application.

Establishment of metal-free main group-based catalytic systems for the synthesis of industrially important chemicals from simple abundant molecule may address current world-wide issues such as energy conservation and environmental impact.
  • Development of Low-Valent Organoboranes for Nitrogen Fixation and Transformation
  • Metal-free Activation and Valorization of Small Molecules by p-Block Molecules
  • Nippon Shokubai Professor in Chemistry
  • Precise Chemical Construction of Two-Dimensional Boron Materials
  • Transition Metal-free Cross-Coupling Reactions Catalyzed by Aluminyl Anions