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    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.


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