Nobel laureate Negishi to be featured in documentary series airing on Big Ten Network

May 9, 2012

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Nobel laureate Ei-ichi Negishi, Purdue's H.C. Brown Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, will be the subject of a documentary appearing on the Big Ten Network highlighting his life and research.

The documentary will debut at 5 p.m. May 17. It's part of the Big Ten Network's ongoing "The Boilermakers" series, which has previously featured notable alumni such as astronaut Gus Grissom, popcorn mogul Orville Redenbacher and iconic basketball coach John Wooden.

Negishi won the 2010 Nobel Prize for chemistry and is a pioneer in developing metal-based reactions, called palladium-catalyzed cross-coupling, that allow for easy and efficient synthesis of complex organic compounds.

The documentary, produced by Information Technology at Purdue's (ITaP) video and multimedia production services, will feature interviews with Negishi and his family, along with many colleagues.

Negishi had worked with Brown, Purdue's first Nobel Prize winner, as a postdoctoral associate and then as an assistant. He returned to Purdue in 1979, where he continues his work.
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