Teijin representatives visit the College of Science



Teijin representatives (from left) Dr. Hiroaki Kuwahara, Mr. Koji Ishiyama and Mr. Takashi Takahashi visit with dean Jeff Roberts and associate dean Joe Francisco.


Before he was a Nobel Prize winner and a Purdue Chemistry professor, Dr. Ei-Ichi Negishi worked at Teijin Limited, a chemical company in Japan. Negishi’s time at Teijin began as a research chemist immediately after graduating from the University of Tokyo. Shortly thereafter Teijin awarded Negishi with the Fulbright Smith-Mund Scholarship which provide Negishi a leave of absence and covered all costs to study abroad in the United States. Dr. Negishi returned to Teijin in 1963 after completing his PhD.

That link has remained through Dr. Negishi’s illustrious career, including his 2010 Nobel Prize win in Chemistry. The bond was further strengthened by Teijin’s recent monetary pledge to the Negishi-Brown Institute. The gift provides resources to the Negishi-Brown Institute along with a limited term naming opportunity for the Negishi-Brown Institute directorship.

To show its appreciation, the College of Science hosted and welcomed three representatives from Teijin during their Oct. 10 visit to Purdue. The representatives were Mr. Takashi Takahashi, Teijin Group Senior Executive Officer and Chief Science and Technology Officer, and Mr. Koji Ishiyama and Dr. Hiroaki Kuwahara, senior managers in Teijin’s Corporate Strategic Technology Office.

After a research and development review with visiting scholars from Teijin and a tour of the Negishi laboratory, the Teijin representatives met with Jeff Roberts, Frederick L. Hovde Dean of Science, and Joe Francisco, professor and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Education. The scientists sat down for a meeting and exchanged gifts before the Teijin trio departed.

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