Kazuaki Ishihara is a Professor in Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Japan. He received his Doctorate of Engineering degree from Nagoya University in 1991 with Professor Hisashi Yamamoto.  After completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University with Professor E. J. Corey, he moved back to Japan in 1992 and worked his way up from Assistant Professor (1992–1997) to Associate Professor (1997–2002) and now his current position (2002–) at Nagoya University.  Professor Ishihara has received numerous awards and honors for his work.  His representative awards include:  Green & Sustainable Chemistry Award from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 2003, the Synthetic Organic Chemistry Award 2016, and the Chemical Society of Japan Award 2017.  Professor Ishihara has served on numerous editorial advisory boards, including: “Letters in Organic Chemistry,” “European Journal of Organic Chemistry,” “Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry,” and “Topics in Current Chemistry.”  His principle areas of research have evolved over time from the design of Diels-Alder catalysts to the design of superacids to design of recoverable and reusable catalysts to the design of supramolecular acid-base combined catalysts and environmentally benign iodine(I, III, V) catalysts for stereoselective oxidative reactions.  His current research is in developing catalytic, organic reactions and processes directed toward green chemistry.