Silicon Chemistry Team is mainly working on the development of efficient and selective catalysis for organosilicon materials in the national project "Development of Innovative Catalytic Processes for Organosilicon Functional Materials" from the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). The main targets of this project are (1) development of Manufacturing Process Technology for Organosilicon Raw Materials from Sand, and (2) development of Manufacturing Process Technology for Organosilicon Functional Materials from Organosilicon Raw Materials. Our team is also working on heteroelement chemistry as well as the development of base metals catalysts.

Team Leader

Dr. Yumiko Nakajima(Ph. D)


  • Development of catalysis technology for organosilicon functional materials
  • Development of 3d-transition-metal catalysts

Development of catalysis technology for organosilicon functional materials

Organosilicon materials have excellent properties such as high heat-resistance, high light-stability and light transparency and are widely used as irreplaceable materials. However, current manufacturing processes have a number of problems such as a lack of reliable method for structure control, low selectivity and high costs. We are trying to solve these problems and to develop novel manufacturing processes for high-performance organosilicon materials through the national project.

Development of 3d-transition-metal catalysts3d

3d metals such as Fe, Co and Ni are much cheaper than precious metals such as Pt, Pd, and Rh, which are commonly used for catalysis. 3d metal complexes often exhibit high reactivity towards organic transformations and these complexes have high potential as efficient catalysts. We are trying to develop novel catalytic reactions by using 3d-transition-metals through the activation of unreactive chemical bonds.


  • Team Leader

    Yumiko NAKAJIMA

  • Senior Researcher

    Tetsuo YATABE

  • Senior Researcher

    Yasunori Minami

  • Senior Researcher


  • Senior Researcher

    Shinji TANAKA

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

    Koya INOMATA

  • Postdoctoral Fellow

    Siby MATHEW

  • Graduate Student

    Monika GAUTAM

  • Graduate Student

    Nai-Yuan JEHNG

  • Invited Researcher


  • Fellow

    Kazushi MASHIMA

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*Original Papers*



Polypropylene-Based Nanocomposite with Enhanced Aging Stability by Surface Grafting of Silica Nanofiller with Silane Coupling Agent Containing Antioxidant

*Watanabe, R.; Sugahara, A.; Hagihara, H.; Sakamoto, K.; Nakajima. Y.; *Naganawa, Y.

ACS Omega in press


Oxidative Addition of C–X Bonds and H–H Activation Using PNNP-Iron Complexes

Gautam, M.; Yatabe, T.; Tanaka, S.; Sato, N.; Takeshita, T.; Yamaguchi, K; *Nakajima. Y.

ChemistrySelect 2020, 5, 15-17. (link)



Ruthenium-Catalyzed Selective Hydrosilylation Reaction of Allyl-functionalized PEG derivatives

Inomata, K.; Naganawa, Y.; Guo, H.; Sato, K.; *Nakajima, Y.

Tetrahedron Lett. 2019, 60, 151086. (link)


Nickel-Catalyzed Selective Cross-Coupling of Chlorosilanes with Organoaluminium Reagents

*Naganawa, Y.; Guo, H.; Sakamoto, K.; *Nakajima, Y.

ChemCatChem 2019, 11, 3756-3759. (link) [Selected as Cover Picture]


Synthesis of Hydrosilanes via Lewis-Base-Catalysed Reduction of Alkoxy Silanes with NaBH4

Aoyagi, K.; Ohmori, Y.; Inomata, K.; Matsumoto, K.; Shimada, S.; Sato, K., *Nakajima, Y.

Chem. Commun. 2019, 55, 5859-5862. (link) [Selected as Inside Cover Picture]


Heterogenous Hydrosilylation Reaction Catalysed by Platinum Complexes Immobilized on Bipyridine-Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas

Naganawa, Y.; Maegawa, Y.; Guo, H.; Gholap, S. S.; Tanaka, S.; Sato, S.; *Inagaki, S.; *Nakajima, Y.

Dalton Trans. 2019, 48, 5534-5540. (link)  [Selected as Cover Picture]


Synthesis and Characterization of Silyl-Bridged Dinuclear Cobalt Complexes Supported by an N-heterocyclic Carbene

Ishizaka, Y.; *Nakajima, Y.

Organometallics 2019, 38, 888-893. (link)


Deprotonation of a PNNP-Iron Complex: Expanding the Concept of Metal-Ligand Cooperation to the PNNP-Iron System

Takeshita, T.; *Nakajima, Y.

Chem. Lett. 2019, 48, 364-366. (link)



Catalytic Reduction of Alkoxysilanes with Borane Using a Metallocene-Type Yttrium Complex

Aoyagi, K.; Matsumoto, K.; Shimada, S.; Sato, K.; *Nakajima, Y.

Organometallics, 2018, 38, 210-212. (link)


Selective Hydrosiloxane Synthesis via Dehydrogenative Coupling of Silanols with Hydrosilanes Catalysed by Fe Complex Bearing a Tetradentate PNNP Ligand

Takeshita, T; Sato, K; *Nakajima, Y.

Dalton Trans. 2018, 47, 17004-17010. (link)


Direct Silyl-Heck Reaction of Chlorosilanes

Matsumoto, K.; Huang, J.; Naganawa, Y.; Guo, H.; Beppu, T.; Sato, K.; *Shimada, S.; *Nakajima, Y.

Org. Lett. 2018, 20, 2481-2484. (link)


One-Pot Sequence-Controlled Synthesis of Oligosiloxanes

*Matsumoto, K.; Oba, Y.; Nakajima, Y.; *Shimada, S.; *Sato, K.

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2018, 57, 4637-4641. (link) [Selected as Cover Picture]


Hydrosilane Synthesis via Catalytic Hydrogenolysis of Halosilanes Using a Metal-Ligand Bifunctional Iridium Catalyst

Beppu, T.; Sakamoto, K.; *Nakajima,Y.; Matsumoto, K.; Sato, K.; *Shimada, S.

J. Organomet. Chem. 2018, 869, 75-80. (link)



Iridium-Catalyzed Hydrosilylation of Sulfur-Containing Olefins

Srinivas, V.; *Nakajima, Y.; Sato, K.; *Shimada, S.

Org. Lett. 2017, 20, 12-15. (link)


Nitrile Hydroboration Reactions Catalyzed by Simple Nickel Salts, Bis(acetylacetonato)nickel(II) and Its Derivatives

Nakamura, G.; *Nakajima, Y.; Matsumoto, K.; Srinivas, V.; *Shimada, S.

Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, 7, 3196-3199. (link)


Synthesis and Structure of Metallocene-Type Ti(III) Complexes, and Their Catalytic Activity Towards Olefin Hydrosilylation Reactions

Eguchi, K.; Aoyagi, K.; *Nakajima, Y.; Ando, W.; Sato, K.; *Shimada, S.

Chem. Lett. 2017, 46, 1262-1264. (link)


Tris(pentafluorophenyl)borane-Catalyzed Reactions of Siloxanes: A Combined Experimental and Computational Study

Eguchi, K.; Nakajima, Y.; Sato, K.; *Shimada, S.; *Choe, Y.-K.

Eur. J. Org. Chem. 2017, 4922-4927. (link)


*Other Publications*

Hydrosilylation Reaction of Functionalized Alkenes

Naganawa, Y.; Inomata, K.; Sato, K.; *Nakajima, Y.

Tetrahedron Lett. 2020, 61, 151513. (link)




化学 2018, 73, 72-73.




塗装工学 2018, 53, 1-7.