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    Biochemical Engineering Area

    Professor OMASA Takeshi   Associate Professor KOGA Yuichi
    Biochemical engineers are required to possess an integrated knowledge of governing biological properties and principles of chemical engineering methodology and strategy. We deal with the design, operation and optimization of bioprocesses concerned with the production of biological product by microbial and mammalian cells, including up- and down-stream processing working with industries.
    Current topics are mammalian and microbial cell and cell culture engineering for the production of biologics. Target biologics are enzymes, cytokines, therapeutic antibodies, vaccines and stem cell for cell therapy and drug evaluation.

    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.

    Advanced Engineering Physics Area

    Professor TAKAI Yoshizo   Associate Professor KIMURA Yoshihide
    We are trying to figure out the phenomena occuring in a biological specimen, e.g., biological cell, DNA, chemical reactions like a catalisys, nano devices, etc. through the integration of the biology, chemistry and physics.

    Photonic Information Technology Area

    Associate Professor KONISHI Tsuyoshi
    Multidisciplinary field of photonics based on signal processing and measurement is covered.

    Applied Surface Science Area

    Professor WATANABE Heiji   Associate Professor SHIMURA Takayoshi   Assistant Professor HOSOI Takuji
    Humanity is confronted with many global-scale issues that include depletion of fossil energy and other natural resources, food shortage and population explosion, climate change and natural disaster, and urban development and poverty. Technology has the potential for significant impact to overcome these challenges and build a sustainable society. In response to the hopes, dreams, and wishes that people find through family, friends, and community, we believe that science and technology should be developed to enable humanity to responsibly coexist and thrive with nature in environmental harmony. To realize a sustainable and prosperous future, we aim to facilitate technological innovation by designing new materials, combining dissimilar materials, and introducing new structures with wide-range of capabilities contributing to next-generation of green nanoelectronics.


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