In Brown's lab, Yamamoto says, he learned organic synthesis, organoborane chemistry, and organometallic chemistry. "I realized that organic synthesis, rather than physical organic chemistry, fit me well," Yamamoto recalls. "I had the impression that organic synthesis would be more important and pragmatic than physical organic chemistry." He adds that he learned many other things from Brown, such as the skills for handling organoboranes and organometallic compounds and, more important, how to conduct research systematically, summarize results, and write research papers. Yamamoto, 64, received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Osaka.
by Maureen Rouhi |
February 12, 2007