Faculty and Researchers

Chemistry Course, Department of Science

An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the Chemistry Course, Department of Science.
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.

Takashi OKUBO

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Coordination Chemistry Laboratory
Coordination Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Organic Opto-Electronic Devices

Metal complexes, which are composite inorganic/organic compounds, can be expected to exhibit unique physical properties due to their distinct structure and electronic states. We synthesize new metal complexes having a polymer structure, and after clarifying their structure, electronic states, and electrical conductivity, apply them in organic photoelectronic devices such as solar cells.

Tadashi KAMIYAMA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Biophysical Chemistry, Solution Chemistry

Research on elucidating the so-called “blueprint” and “operating manual” of proteins by understanding the nature of proteins under a variety of conditions (temperature, pressure, solvents, additives, etc.).

Takayoshi KURODA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Coordination Chemistry Laboratory
Coordination Chemistry

Researching nano-scale molecular quantum magnets typified by single-molecule magnets. In addition, research on a variety of functional metal complexes expected to serve as semiconductor materials for switching elements and solar cells.

Yoshitaka SAGA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Biological Chemistry Laboratory
Photobiological Chemistry

Elucidating the mechanisms underlying biological phenomena that involve light, such as photosynthesis, at the molecular level. Also, contributing to the advancement of the chemistry of living processes, whose practical application is anticipated in developing nanomaterials that will solve energy and environmental issues.

Yusaku SUENAGA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Polymer Science Laboratory
Poly-Nuclear Metal Complex, Polymer Particles

Polymers are used in synthetic fibers, resins, and rubbers. We research the synthesis of functional polymer particles that can assume a variety of characteristics by chemically modifying the polymer particle surface where the particles have a uniform size.

Yuzuru NAKAGUCHI

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Geochemical Laboratory
Biogeochemistry

A wide variety of substances are present on Earth, and among them are elements essential to living organisms. We elucidate the circulation mechanism for these elements on Earth.

Yoshihiro YAMAGUCHI

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Synthetic Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Chemistry of Functional Molecules

Broad-based research on the synthesis of organic compounds having a variety of functions, including their applications such as organic transistors and organic solar cells. In particular, synthesis of fluorescent organic materials with potential application as organic EL materials.

Tomonari WAKABAYASHI

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Molecular Physics and Quantum Chemistry
Physical Chemistry and Chemistry of Nanostructures

Laser ablated polyenes and fullerenes are studied by molecular spectroscopy and quantum chemistry. With experimental and theoretical knowledges on stability and structures of carbon molecules, microscopic views of high-temperature molecular processes are discussed.

Kouichi MATSUMOTO

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Electro Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Synthetic Chemistry, Development of New Organic Reaction

Yusuke MORISAWA

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Applied Spectrsocopy Laboratory
Physical Chemistry, Molecular Science, Spectroscopic Analysis, Molecular Spectroscopy

Researching photo-physics based on fundamental spectroscopy research. Also developing analytical methods by observing spectra to extract information such as the attributes and amounts of a substance based on the interaction of the substance with light.

Yoshiro YAMAGIWA

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Organic Chemistry, Bioactive Natural Products, Organic Synthesis

Developing methods to synthesize compounds that inhibit infection and replication of HIV (AIDS virus) and influenza viruses, and compounds that scavenge radicals (such as reactive oxygen species) that have been attracting attention in connection with aging, cancer, etc.

Hal Suzuki

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
Laboratory of condensed matter physical chemistry
Condensed Matter Physical Chemistry, Thermodynamics

Thermodynamics and dynamics of various molecular condensed materials are investigated by calorimetry and spectroscopy, in order to reveal their physical characters in the aggregate.

Kengo HYODO

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
Laboratory of Organic Reaction
Organic Chemistry, Catalytic Reaction