Tetrahedron Prize 2014 Awarded to Prof. Barry Trost and Jiro Tsuji


Professor Barry Trost
Stanford University, USA


Professor Jiro Tsuji
Honorary Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

Award and Ceremony

The award consists of a medal, a certificate, and a monetary amount. Professor Barry Trost received his Tetrahedron Award at the ACS meeting in Boston on 17 August 2015.


Professor Jiro Tsuji picked up his Tetrahedron Award at the Chemical Society of Japan meeting in Chiba, Japan on the 27th March 2015. A big thank you to all who attended this special event.

The Editors of the Tetrahedron Journals are pleased to announce that the Tetrahedron Prize 2014 for creativity in Organic & Biomedicinal Chemistry has been awarded to Professor Barry Trost, Stanford University, USA and Jiro Tsuji, Honorary professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan for their outstanding contributions to organic chemistry.

Professor Stephen Martin, Chairman of the Editorial Board of Tetrahedron Journals remarked: "The Tetrahedron Prize for 2014 honors Professors Barry Trost and Jiro Tsuji, two of the most creative and influential synthetic organic chemists of our time. Both of these remarkable individuals have made numerous contributions to the general area of developing and applying transition metal-catalyzed reactions, especially those that produce new carbon-carbon bonds. For example, since its discovery in 1965, the renowned Tsuji-Trost reaction has been widely exploited in synthetic organic chemistry for the diastereoselective and enantioselective transfer of allyl groups to various carbon and heteroatom nucleophiles. The importance of this transformation is underscored by its numerous applications in the synthesis of complex molecules. Each of these individuals have made numerous other creative contributions to the field of organic synthesis. For example, Trost has masterfully developed and applied a variety of ring-forming and other reactions catalyzed by transition metals such as rhodium and molybdenum, and Tsuji pioneered the discovery and development of many palladium-catalyzed reactions that are now routinely used in synthesis. The importance of these many conversions is reflected by their widespread adoption in academic laboratories and their use in industrial processes."

The prize consists of a monetary award of $10,000 and will be presented during the 2015 Fall National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, in Boston, USA (16-20 August 2015).