Faculty and Researchers

Molecular and Material Engineering

An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the Molecular and Material Engineering.
Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2019 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2020 academic year.

Mitsunobu IWASAKI

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry
Inorganic Materials Chemistry

We make full use of environmentally friendly methods to fabricate artificial bone that enables fracture patients to live their lives as comfortably as possible. We are also actively involved in creating markers that enable the detection of even single cancer cells and colorants that change hue depending on the viewing angle.

Hiroshi KOMINAMI

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Surface Design Chemistry Laboratory
Physical Chemistry, Catalytic Chemistry

Catalysts are what control chemical reactions. This laboratory develops intelligent catalysts to enable more effective resource utilization and allow full use of natural energy sources and waste materials. In addition, we also conduct research on earth-friendly chemical reactions such as energy conversion and environmental cleanup.

Atsushi SUDO

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Polymer Synthesis Laboratory
Polymer Chemistry, Synthetic Organic Chemistry

The research focuses are 1) designs of new polymers with rigid frameworks, 2) precise syntheses of those polymers as designed based on organic synthesis, and 3) clarification of the properties of the polymer materials.

Hiroaki TADA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Applied Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Photoelectrochemistry

This laboratory synthesizes novel hybrid visible-light-responsive photocatalysts. Our research goal is to apply these in chemical material conversion (decomposition of harmful substances + synthesis of useful substances) that makes effective use of solar energy.

Manabu ISHIFUNE

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Organic and Macromolecular Synthetic Chemistry Laboratory
Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Organic Electrochemistry

We synthesize organic macromolecules that offer various functions such as temperature-based changes in physical properties and applications to optical storage. We are working to develop environmentally friendly catalysts and functional electrodes by modifying the surface of platinum and carbon fibers with these molecules.

Yoshitane IMAI

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Organic Structural Chemistry Laboratory
Circularly polarized luminescence, CPL, Supramolecular Chemistry, Chiral Photochemistry

This laboratory is engaged in research based on structural organic chemistry (electronic structures, conjugate electron systems, unique molecular structures, molecular self-assemblies, etc.), and is focused on creating organic functional materials through the ingenious use and design of molecular mechanisms, structures, and reactivity.

Mizuki KITAMATSU

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Bio-Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Chemical Biology, Peptide Chemistry

This laboratory specializes in peptide chemistry and bio-organic chemistry. Our research efforts revolve around creating non-naturally occurring peptides and nucleic acids having new functions that are unavailable in natural peptides/proteins and nucleic acids.

Hidetaka NAKAI

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Organic Materials Laboratory
Organic chemistry, Organometallics, Coordination chemistry

On the basis of organic synthesis, we have been developing (i) the "Advanced Materials" showing outstanding performance or new functions, (ii) the "Stimulus Responsive Molecules" for sensing or biological applications, and (iii) the "Molecular Catalysts" for solving energy or environmental problems.

Tsukasa NAKAHODO

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Laboratory of Nano Functional Molecular Chemistry
Organic/Inorganic Composite Nano Chemistry

Our research focuses on the use of nanotechnology to create polymer nanotubes having nano-sized pore diameters and metal nanoclusters for which organic molecules serve as protective groups.

Hideo MATSUI

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Applied Organic Synthetic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic/Inorganic Composite Materials, Photocatalysts, Electrochemistry

This lab develops new photocatalysts to produce hydrogen, a clean energy source, from sunlight and water. We are taking up the challenge of developing photocatalysts with higher efficiencies with the goal of solving the problems of global warming and energy.

Tsukasa MATSUO

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Applied Elements Chemistry Laboratory
Main-Group Element Chemistry, Organometallic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry

We develop materials that exhibit exceptional functionality by freely combining various elements in the periodic table. We anticipate that this will not only contribute to a better understanding of fundamental chemistry, but also lead to innovations in electronics and energy-efficient technologies.

Kengo OKA

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
Laboratory of Inorganic Materials Chemistry
Solid state chemistry

Research interests in the Oka group are in the synthesis of novel inorganic compounds by mixing hetero anions and investigation of their physical properties such as magnetism and negative thermal expansion. Accurate crystallographic information is indispensable for the interpretation of physical properties. Thus, we often perform synchrotron X-ray diffraction study at SPring-8 and collaborate with other groups for integrating experimental and theoretical studies.

Tetsuro SOEJIMA

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
Applied Inorganic Synthesis Laboratory
Inorganic Chemistry, Solid-State Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Photocatalyst

This laboratory is guided by the concepts of comfort in daily living and environmental cleanup. Our research is centered on the use of nanotechnologies to develop new synthesis methods for inorganic compounds as well as to derive new functionalities from a wide range of materials.