Yoshikai Group

Synthetic Chemistry and Catalysis, NTU Singapore

Our group is committed to the development and mechanistic study of novel molecular transformations for organic synthesis. Our research programs are driven by a desire to uncover and understand unprecedented chemical reactivities and to exploit such reactivities in the design and development of efficient and selective organic reactions.


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2020.6.2 Circuit breaker has been lifted. We are partially back in the lab!


Earth-Abundant Metal Catalysis

C–H activations, cycloadditions, asymmetric catalysis

Heterocyclic Chemistry

Novel synthetic methods for heterocycles relevant to pharmaceuticals and materials

Hypervalent Iodine Chemistry

Novel reactivity and synthetic applications

Recent Publications

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Site-selective aromatic C-H λ3-iodanation with cyclic iodine(III) electrophile in solution and solid phases

Ding, W.; Wang, C.; Tan, J. R.; Ho, C. C.; León, F.; García, F.; Yoshikai, N. Chem. Sci. 2020, accepted.

Cobalt‐Catalyzed Intramolecular Hydroacylation Involving Cyclopropane Cleavage

Yang, J.; Mori, Y.; Yamanaka, M.; Yoshikai, N. Chem. Eur. J. 2020, published online.

Cobalt/Lewis Acid Catalysis for Hydrocarbofunctionalization of Alkynes via Cooperative C–H Activation

Wang, C.-S.; Di Monaco, S.; Thai, A. N.; Wang, C.; Yoshikai, N. ChemRxiv. 2020, DOI 10.26434/chemrxiv.11760519.v1.


Yoshikai, N.; Rayner, C. M.; Graham, M. A. In Science of Synthesis, in revision.
Naohiko Yoshikai

Naohiko Yoshikai

Associate Professor

Professional Appointment

2016-Present: Associate Professor (tenured), NTU Singapore

2009-2016: Assistant Professor, NTU Singapore

2009-2014: NRF Research Fellow, National Research Foundation (Singapore)

2005-2009: Assistant Professor, The University of Tokyo


2005 Ph.D. in Chemistry, The University of Tokyo (Prof. E. Nakamura)

2002 M.Sc. in Chemistry, The University of Tokyo (Prof. E. Nakamura)

2000 B.Sc. in Chemistry, The University of Tokyo (Prof. E. Nakamura)

2002-2005: JSPS Fellow

2002: Visiting Student, Stockholm University (Prof. Jan Bäckvall)


2020: TCI-SNIC Industry Award in Synthetic Chemistry

2015: Asian Core Program (ACP) Lectureship (from Thailand)

2014: Asian Core Program (ACP) Lectureship (from China and Korea)

2014: The 63rd Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists

2014: SPMS Young Researcher Awards

2011: Asian Core Program Lectureship (from Japan)

2011: Thieme Chemistry Journals Award

2008: Takasago Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry in Japan

2007: Inoue Research Award for Young Scientists, Inoue Research Foundation

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Naohiko Yoshikai

Associate Professor


Chang-Sheng Wang

Postdoctoral Fellow


Jinkui Chai

Visiting Student


Ploypailin Tan Siew Ling

Graduate Student


Roshayed Ali Laskar

Graduate Student


Wei Ding

Postdoctoral Fellow


Yongqi Yu

Visiting Student


Yoshiya Sekiguchi

Graduate Student


Naohiko Yoshikai

Division of Chemistry and Biological Chemistry

School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences

Nanyang Technological University

21 Nanyang Link, Singapore 637371, Singapore

E-mail: nyoshikai@ntu.edu.sg; Tel: +65 6592 7768