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Prof. Dr. Shigeyoshi Inoue


Silicon Chemistry



Academic Career and Research Areas

The research interests of Professor Shigeyoshi Inoue (b. 1980) include the synthesis, characterization and reactivity investigation of compounds containing low-valent main group elements (Group 13, 14 and 15 elements) with unusual structures and unique electronic properties, in an effort to find novel applications. His research places particular emphasis on low-coordinate silicon compounds.
Professor Inoue studied at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, and carried out his doctoral studies under the supervision of Professor Akira Sekiguchi, obtaining his PhD in 2008. After working as a Humboldt postdoctoral research fellow and a JSPS postdoctoral fellow with Professor Matthias Drieß at TU Berlin, in 2010 he established an independent research group there as part of the Sofja Kovalevskaja program. In 2015, he was appointed to the professorship of silicon chemistry at TUM.


  • Carl-Duisberg-Memorial Award (2017)
  • The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Chemists (2015)
  • ERC Starting Grant (2014)
  • ADUC-Award  (2011)
  • Sofja Kovalevskaja Award (2010)

Key Publications (all publications)

Nesterov V, Reiter D, Bag P, Frisch P, Holzner R, Porzelt A, Inoue S: „NHCs in Main Group Chemistry“. Chem. Rev. 2018; 118(19): 9678-9842.


Bag P, Porzelt A, Altmann PJ, Inoue S: „ A Stable Neutral Compound with an Aluminum-Aluminum Double Bond“. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2017; 139(41): 14384-14387.


• Ochiai T, Franz D, Inoue S: “Applications of N-heterocyclic imines in main group chemistry“. Chem. Soc. Rev. 2016; 45: 5828-5836


Franz D, Szilvási T, Irran E, Inoue S: "A monotopic aluminum telluride with an Al=Te double bond stabilized by N-heterocyclic carbenes". Nature Commun. 2015; 6: 10037-10042.


Ahmad SU, Szilvási T, Irran E, Inoue S: “An NHC-Stabilized Silicon Analogue of Acylium Ion: Synthesis, Structure, Reactivity, and Theoretical Studies“. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015; 137(17): 5828-5836.