Munetaka Akita

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Munetaka Akita


Organometallic chemistry, Organic chemistry, Photochemistry


Munetaka Akita, born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1957, is a professor of Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science (CLS) at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He received Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Kyoto University (with Prof. Makoto Kumada) and Osaka University (with Prof. Akira Nakamura), respectively. In 1984 he moved to CLS as a research associate and during 1989-1990 worked with Professor J. Shapley (UIUC) as a postdoc. He was appointed as a professor in 2002 and had been director of CLS for 2012-2018. His research interests involve photoredox catalysis, carbon-rich organometallic molecular devices, and supramolecular systems based on aromatics.

Expectations for WRHI

I would like to develop a new world of organic synthesis through international collaboration, in particular, with India.

Research Projects

  • Organometallic molecular device

  • Photoredox catalysis

  • Supramolecular chemistry based on polyaromatics


Director, Chemistry and Life Science (CLS), Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Professor, Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science (CLS), Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Research Associate, Tokyo Institute of Technology


N. Noto, T. Koike, M. Akita
Visible Light-Triggered Monofluoromethylation of Alkenes by Strongly Reducing 1,4-Bis(diphenylamino)naphthalene Photoredox Catalysis
ACS Catal., 2019, 9, 4382-4387
(DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.9b00473).

Y. Tanaka, Y. Kato, T. Tada, S. Fujii, M. Kiguchi, M. Akita
“Doping” of Polyyne with An Organometallic Fragment Leads to Highly Conductive Metallapolyyne Molecular Wire
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2018, 140, 10080-10084
(DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b04484).

T. Koike, M. Akita
Fine Design of Photoredox Systems for Catalytic Fluoromethylation of Carbon-Carbon Multiple Bonds
Acc. Chem. Res., 2016, 49, 1937-1945
(DOI: 10.1021/acs.accounts.6b00268).


Y. Yasu, T. Koike, M. Akita
Three-component Oxytrifluoromethylation of Alkenes: Highly Efficient and Regioselective Difunctionalization of C=C Bonds Mediated by Photoredox Catalysts
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 9567-9571.