Interview with Prof. Keiji Hirose

Reaxys in chemistry education: Preparing students to be researchers

Teaching is a passion for Professor Keiji Hirose. He insists on having the best chemistry informatics tools for his students. Since every researcher must be proficient with such tools, he believes an early introduction is essential to prepare them for their careers. Elsevier interviewed him to learn more about why he uses Reaxys with his students.

Interview with Prof. Keiji Hirose, Osaka University

Challenge

All students, especially those who have a major in synthetic chemistry, need to be proficient with informatics tools. Professor Keiji Hirose, Associate Professor at Osaka University, says that he firmly believes that educators have to ensure that their courses prepare students to be the best researchers they can be. This means having to show them that there may be more than one answer to a question about a chemical property, how to collect and summarize information and how to apply retrieved data in the laboratory.

Solution

Reaxys serves as an excellent way to educate students on the correct use of chemistry research solutions. Professor Hirose finds it particularly important that Reaxys focuses on facts and incorporates the renowned Bellstein data. More importantly, he feels the style of presentation of excerpted data helps ensure that students learn how to take a range of answers into account and work with them—and thus become better future researchers.


Interview with Prof. Keiji Hirose

Reaxys helps students to learn how to apply chemical reaction data.   Prof. Keiji Hirose, Associate Professor at Osaka University


Impact

Professor Hirose states that he sees how Reaxys helps students to learn the importance of chemical reaction data and the importance of historical information. He believes is an excellent way to show students how to collect and summarize chemistry information. Importantly, since it provides chemical information in a form that can be directly used in an experimental setting, Reaxys helps students to learn how to apply chemical reaction data.

It is essential for researchers to be proficient with informatics tools.
They are too important to neglect during education. Prof. Keiji Hirose, Associate Professor at Osaka University


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