Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2010 Eiichi Negishi died at 86 years old. It is reported by the agency Kyodo, with reference to the administration of Purdue University in the U.S. state of Indiana, where he worked as a Japanese scientist.
Negishi was a professor in the Department of Chemistry since 1979. He has authored more than 400 publications and has received numerous awards, including the Chemical Society of Japan Award and the Order of Culture of Japan.
In 1972, Negishi began research on organometallic reactions catalyzed by transition metals. During 1976-1978, he published about ten papers describing cross-coupling reactions involving various organometallic substances containing magnesium, zinc, boron, aluminum, strontium, and zirconium catalyzed by palladium or nickel. Today, reactions that contain zinc, aluminum, or zirconium are called Negishi reactions. The scientist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010 for these discoveries.