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    Organic Electronic Materials Science Area

    Professor NAKAYAMA Ken-ichi   Assistant Professor SUENOBU Tomoyoshi
    We have been studying organic electronic materials and their application to electronic devices such as organic light-emitting diodes, organic thin-film transistors and organic solar cells. We intend to develop new concept devices by understanding fundamental properties of organic materials. This interdisciplinary field includes a wide range of academic area from organic chemistry for designing one molecule to physical chemistry for understanding solid state properties, and device physics based on semiconductor engineering for improving performances.

    Supramolecular Recognition Area

    Associate Professor TOHNAI Norimitsu   Assistant Professor HISAKI Ichiro
    Nature has created exotic biological systems with effective and selective functionality by adapting reversible intermolecular interaction such as hydrogen bond. Such systems inspire us to construct artificial functional materials beyond Nature by using well-designed intermolecular interactions. Our research includes the following four phases: (1) Design and synthesis of functional organic compounds capable of self-assembling in desired crystalline state. (2) Structural characterization of the crystals and precise identification of intermolecular interactions. (3) Control of molecular arrangements. (4) Development of new functional materials with significant optical and electrical properties provided by self-assembled architectures.

    Chemical Biology Area

    Professor KIKUCHI Kazuya   Associate Professor HORI Yuichiro   Assistant Professor MINOSHIMA Masafumi
    Chemical biology is an interdisciplinary research field, which focuses on elucidation of biological phenomena by utilizing "chemical tools". These chemical tools are developed by the combinatorial use of organic chemistry, nanotechnology, and genetic engineering. In our group, we design and synthesize novel fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) probes that are applied to answer various biological questions. The representative examples of our chemical tools are fluorescence probes for detection of protein localization and enzymatic activity and MRI probes for in vivo imaging of cancer and gene expression. We develop new tools to give new findings that are not verified by conventional biological methods. By using these tools, we are currently studying various biological fields such as epigenetics, immunology, and cancer biology.

    Biofunctional Chemistry Area

    Professor ITOH Shinobu   Associate Professor SUGIMOTO Hideki   Assistant Professor FUJIEDA Nobutaka
    The general goal of our research is to understand enzymatic catalysis at a molecular level and develop environmentally benign bioinspired catalysts. Particular attention has focused on the redox chemistry of transition-metal reaction centers in biological systems. Our main approach involves synthetic modeling, i.e. biomimetic chemistry, including rational design and syntheses of ligands allowing formation of appropriate active site models for metalloenzymes. Enzymatic studies using advanced molecular biology techniques are also performed to develop metalloenzyme catalysts that can be applied to organic synthesis.

    Molecular Reaction Chemistry Area

    Professor MIURA Masahiro   Associate Professor HIRANO Koji   Assistant Professor NISHII Yuji
    We are performing basic and applied studies on transformation of various organic molecules derived from petroleum and coal. The major objectives of our research group are to develop (1) new, efficient strategies for the synthesis of organic fine chemicals including pharmaceutical intermediates and π-conjugated functional materials and (2) high-performance catalysts that enable effective functionalization of organic molecules.

    Molecular Design Chemistry Area

    Professor CHATANI Naoto   Associate Professor FUKUMOTO Yoshiya   Associate Professor TOBISU Mamoru
    Our research interests involves the invention of new synthetic methodologies, with a particular emphasis on the design and development of novel catalytic system by taking advantage of unique features of transition metal complexes. A particular focus is the development of catalytic technologies for the activation and transformation of unreactive bonds, such as C-H, C-C, C-O, C-N, C-Si, C-P, and C-S Bonds.

    Molecular Interaction Area

    Professor KIDA Toshiyuki   Associate Professor MORI Tadashi   Assistant Professor FUKUHARA Gaku
    With three main keywords of chirality, photon, and entropy, we pursue the photochirogenesis, or the photochemical induction of molecular chirality, with the aid of experiment and theory. We focus on (1) asymmetric photoreaction with chiral catalysts or sensitizers, (2) supramolecular asymmetric photochemistry using chiral hosts such as modified zeolite, cyclodextrin, and proteins, and (3) the relevant thermodynamics on supramolecular systems, where supramolecular interactions, i.e., hydrogen bonding, dipole-dipole, van der Waals, charge-transfer, and hydrophobic interactions, play vital roles.

    Industrial Organic Chemistry Area

    Associate Professor MATSUSAKI Michiya
    In our laboratory, we design and create high performance compounds on the basis of synthetic organic chemistry in consideration of developments at an industrial level. We promote the development of environmentally-benign high performance materials, which are safe for internal and surrounding living environments, by the chemical modification of oligomers, polymers, their assemblies, and synthetic macromolecules derived from biomaterials such as saccharides, amino acids, protein, and lactic acid.

    Resources Chemistry Area

    Professor YASUDA Makoto   Assistant Professor NISHIMOTO Yoshihiro   Assistant Professor KONISHI Akihito
    Our research is currently focused on designing a methodology for organic synthesis using novel organometallics and catalyst systems. Novel reactive organometallic species have been isolated and characterized based on spectroscopic methodology and X-ray crystallographic analysis. These species have been applied to the synthesis of functionalized organic compounds. Our group also focuses on utilizing characteristic Lewis acids in the conversion of carbon resources to valuable organic compounds. Metal complexes that have cage-shaped organic ligands are synthesized and used for new types of selective reactions for practical organic syntheses. We also target functionalized materials that are based on organic compounds with novel physical properties and special intramolecular interactions. All projects are supported by organic synthetic approaches that extend to various fields of chemistry.

    Catalytic Synthetic Chemistry Area

    Professor KAMBE Nobuaki   Associate Professor KUNIYASU Hitoshi   Assistant Professor IWASAKI Takanori
    Our research programs are focused on the development of new synthetic methods constructing carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bonds by unique transition metal catalysts. We have developed anionic transition metal complexes and found their unique catalytic activities toward carbon-carbon bond formation through cleavage of unreactive chemical bonds. In addition, we are investigating on new synthetic methods to construct carbon-chalcogen and –fluorine bonds with the concomitant formation of a carbon-carbon bond and transformation of abundant carbon resources.

    Organometallic Chemistry Area

    Professor OGOSHI Sensuke   Associate Professor OHASHI Masato   Assistant Professor HOSHIMOTO Yoichi
    One of the major interests of our research is focused on the development of a transition metal-mediated selective transformation of polyfluorinated compounds such as tetrafluoroethylene (TFE). We have also been focusing on nickel-catalyzed transformation reactions via a hetero-nickelacycle intermediate as well as on their reaction mechanisms.

    Condensed Matter Physical Chemistry Area

    Associate Professor SAEKI Akinori
    Our research targets are mainly (1) formation of hierarchical nanostructure of soft materials such as polymer, molecule, and organic-inorganic hybrid materials, (2) development of novel measurement technique, and (3) design and synthesis of conjugated materials having optical, electrical, and magnetic response towards application such as organic photovoltaics and transistors. These materials are utilized in nano-structuring and functionalization, which are characterized at single molecular level.

    Applied Electrochemistry Area

    Professor KUWABATA Susumu   Associate Professor TSUDA Tetsuya   Assistant Professor UEMATSU Taro
    We are developing new materials by manipulating surfaces and interfaces with electrochemical methods. Among them, we focus on ionic liquid that consists of salts and has nonvolatile nature. New analytical techniques for surfaces are developed in combination with electron microscopes, and they are utilized in the development of new types of batteries. Another material of interest is semiconductor nanoparticles that are recently known as fluorophores. Efforts to recognize the nature of nanomaterials are made by looking closely at electrons and photons.

    Structural Physical Chemistry Area

    Professor INOUE Tsuyoshi   Associate Professor MIZOHATA Eiichi   Assistant Professor FUKUDA Yohta
    Our aim is to understand structure/function relationships of proteins. We visualize their three-dimensional structures at an atomic level by X-ray crystallography. To do this, we crystallize proteins and collect X-ray diffraction data from the crystals at SPring-8 or SACLA, and process the data with computers to reveal the electron-density maps. We then speculate the structure/function relationship and design novel molecules that control its function. Development of small-molecule medicines, the 3rd generation antibody drugs, and improvement of global environment and crop productivity are now in study.

    Physical Organic Chemistry Area

    Professor SAKURAI Hidehiro   Associate Professor KOKUBO Ken   Associate Professor YAKIYAMA Yumi   Assistant Professor IKUMA Naohiko
    RESEARCH OBJECTIVES
    We deal with various types of the topics on nanoscience through the physical organic chemistry approach based on the synthetic chemistry.
    1) Chemistry of Curved π-Aromatic Molecules
    Bowl-shaped π-conjugated compounds including partial structures of the fullerenes, which are called ""buckybowls"", are of importance not only as model compounds of fullerenes but also as their own chemical and physical properties.Very few buckybowls has been achieved for preparation mainly due to their strained structure. We develop the rational route to the various
    buckybowls with perfect chirality control using
    the organic synthesis approach, and investigate their physical properties.
    2) Chemistry of Metal Nanocluster Catalyst
    We also investigate to develop novel catalytic properties of metal
    nanoclusters. We focus on the following projects: Preparation of size-selective gold and gold-based alloy nanoclusters supported by hydrophilic polymers and its catalytic activity: Development of designer metal nanocluster catalyst using the highly-functionalized protective polymers.

    Structural Organic Chemistry Area

    Professor HAYASHI Takashi   Associate Professor ONODA Akira   Assistant Professor OOHORA Koji
    We focus on unique relationships between structures and reactivities in various kinds of molecules, including organic molecules, metal complexes and biomolecules. Our research subjects are (1) modification of hemoproteins to enhance their catalytic activities; (2) molecular design and construction of new biohybrid catalysts prepared by incorporation of organometallic species into a protein matrices; (3) construction of hemoprotein assemblies to generate new bionanomaterials; (4) attachment of a redox active protein onto metal or carbon material surfaces; and (5) preparation and characterization of new artificial porphyrinoids with a tetrapyrrole framework.

    Synthetic Organic Chemistry Area

    Professor MINAKATA Satoshi   Associate Professor TAKEDA Youhei   Assistant Professor KIYOKAWA Kensuke
    Research in our group seeks to bring the experience and tactics of strategies of organic methodology development based on synthesis of potential molecules. Especially, our interests are focused on efficient, selective, and environmentally benign methodologies for synthesis of valuable molecules. The new methods have been developed for the synthesis of useful molecules as building blocks for organic synthesis, fullerene derivatives directing toward functional materials, and natural products.

    Inorganic Materials Chemistry Area

    Professor IMANAKA Nobuhito   Associate Professor TAMURA Shinji   Assistant Professor NUNOTANI Naoyoshi
    We have been developing various kinds of inorganic materials which can be applicable to the solid electrolytes, gas sensors, environmental catalysts, inorganic pigments, phosphors, etc. Until now, we have succeeded in developing the unique materials such as tri- or tetravalent cation conducting solids, extraordinary low-temperature operative environmental catalysts compared to the conventional ones, environmentally friendly pigments showing high color hue.

    Polymer Materials Chemistry Area

    Professor UYAMA Hiroshi    Associate Professor ASOH Takaaki   Assistant Professor TSUJIMOTO Takashi
    Polymer materials chemistry area deals with new functional polymeric materials on the basis of our original designs and syntheses. We have developed a new fabrication method of nanoporous polymer monoliths and their applications in medical, environmental, and energy fields, a new class of biomass plastics from renewable resources including cellulose and plant oils, and self-assembled prodrug nanoparticles for delivery of bioactive agents, especially bioactive gases.

    Functional Organic Chemistry Area

    Associate Professor MORIUCHI Toshiyuki   Assistant Professor AMAYA Toru
    Our laboratory focuses on the interdisciplinary researches, which permit the creation of redox systems for synthetic reactions, π-conjugate systems, and bio-inspired systems.

    Advanced Materials Chemistry Area

    Professor MACHIDA Ken-ichi   Assistant Professor OKADA Kenji
    Permanent magnets, phosphors, inorganic materials like ceramics, and so on were studied on the basis of inorganic material chemistry.

    Department of Molecular Excitation Chemistry [The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research]

    Professor MAJIMA Tetsuro   Associate Professor FUJITSUKA Mamoru   Associate Professor KAWAI Kiyohiko   Assistant Professor OSAKADA Yasuko   Assistant Professor TOJO Sachiko (Research Laboratory for Quantum Beam Science)
    "Beam-induced molecular chemistry" based on photo- and radiation-induced chemistry of organic compounds has been investigated from both basic and beam-functional points of view. The research topics are underway with respect to developments of new beam-controlled chemistry, new synthetic chemistry, and new molecular devices and functional materials including photofunctional surface and biomolecular systems.

    Department of Soft Nanomaterials[The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research]

    Professor ASO Yoshio   Associate Professor IE Yutaka   Assistant Professor KARAKAWA Makoto   Assistant Professor NITANI Masashi
    Our main subject is the development of novel molecule-based materials with promising electronic and photoelectronic properties for organic and molecular electronics. The research is based on the elucidation of the relationship between molecular structures and physical properties to control and improve the functions. We conduct integrated research: molecular design/synthesis, physical/chemical properties, and application to electronic devices such as organic field-effect transistor (OFET), organic solar cells (OSC), and single-molecule electronics.

    Environmental Chemistry Area [Research Center for Environmental Preservation]

    Professor SHIBATA Ikuya   Associate Professor TSUNOI Sinji   Assistant Professor SUZUKI Itaru
    This center is currently involved in the development of environmental benign method in organic synthesis, and highly selective and sensitive methods for the analysis of hazardous chemical substances.

    Department of Quantum Functional Materials[The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research]

    Department of Beam Materials Science[The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research]

    Professor KOZAWA Takahiro   Associate Professor MUROYA Yusa   Assistant Professor KOBAYASHI Kazuo   Assistant Professor YAMAMOTO Hiroki
    The industrial application of quantum beam will rapidly expand in the field such as high-volume production of semiconductor devices. Cancer therapy using ionizing radiation has also attracted much attention. In Department of Beam Materials Science, the radiation-induced chemical reaction and reaction field have been investigated using state-of-the-art quantum beam (electron, extreme ultraviolet radiation, laser, synchrotron radiation, X-ray, gamma-ray, ion beam). We have studied the chemical reaction system from the energy deposition on materials to the expression of material function. On the basis of these studies, we have designed a noble chemical reaction system.


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