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|Based on polymer chemistry, research in KAWAKAMI Laboratory involves the synthesis of functional materials and biomaterials and their application in environment-, energy-, and medical-related fields that are significant issues in metropolises. In particular, we focus on the resolution of global-warming, the construction of hydrogen energy society, and the city medicals.
|Associate Professor||Kiyoshi SATO|
|Associate Professor||Masafumi YAMATO|
|Associate Professor||Manabu TANAKA|
|To improve human health and quality of life (QOL), we have designed new biomaterials for drug delivery system (DDS). The resulting carriers for DDS such as nucleic acids (pDNA, siRNA), proteins, and bioactive Zn2+ ions are expected to satisfy unmet medical needs.
Especially, our original concept of mono-ion complex, that is, MIC, is demonstrated for in vivo diffusive pDNA delivery to unexplored space. Moreover, the co-delivery system of Zn2+ and pDNA is designed for the nucleus delivery of pDNA and the enhancement of transcription. And furthermore, we are challenging the high-density grafting-to modification of biomaterial surface with poly(ethylene glycol) for biocompatible materials.
|Associate Professor||Shoichiro ASAYAMA|
|Our laboratory has focused on creating novel functional materials through state-of-the-art synthetic organic and supramolecular chemistry for the design of self-assembled organic materials that are responsive to chemical stimuli and those with catalytic functions. Our interest has also expanded into clean energy research by creating high-absorbing and panchromatic organic photosensitizers for use in dye-sensitized solar cells as well as the materials for photon up-conversion. Through the blend between organic and inorganic materials, our group has designed robust and panchromatic dye-sensitized photo-electrochemical and photo-catalytic devices capable of producing hydrogen fuel from water driven by light energy.
|IHighly functional molecules, such as luminescent materials, would enrich our daily life. In our laboratory, design and synthesis of new environment-friendly compounds with novel structures are investigated and their functions are evaluated. Our interest lies in the design and synthesis of organic molecules with new structures to develop molecules with new functions. In particular, we are studying the relationship between molecular structure and molecular functionalities focusing on compounds that undergo specific molecular motion, such as molecular gyrotops, and silyl-substituted π-electron systems.
|Assitant Professor||Yusuke INAGAKI|
|Kanamura laboratory is focusing on the battery chemistry and materials used for fuel cell, all-solid-state batteries and lithium-ion batteries with the aim of developing innovative rechargeable batteries and fuel cells. To develop batteries with innovative features, comprehensive and integrated research that covers both basic chemistry and practical applications is undertaken.
|Assitant Professor||Hirokazu MUNAKATA|
|We are studying photo-electrofunctional inorganic solids and related materials including ceramics and glasses, which are key materials serving as sustainable urban environment and low-carbon economy. Research interests include development of environment-friendly processes, search and structural-compositional modifications of materials, and their application to functional devices such as phosphors, lasers, and batteries.
|Associate Professor||Takashi TAKEI|
|Associate Professor||Takashi YANAGISHITA|
|"Our group challenges to control photochemical reactions such as electron and energy transfer, by controlling the orientation and alignment of dyes on the inorganic surfaces. Recently, organic/inorganic hybrids composed of porphyrins and layered materials have been the subject of intensive investigations to explore their novel properties and functionalities. The unique emission enhancement effect of clay (“Surface-fixation induced emission (S-FIE)”) has been found. Our goal is finding out a new methodology to control molecular assembly structure and realizing functionalized photochemical reaction systems such as an artificial light harvesting system.
The other research topic is that deposition of Au clusters onto various kinds of support materials and application of Au cluster catalysts into organic reactions, contributing to sustainable chemistry."
|Associate Professor||Tamao ISHIDA|
|Assitant Professor||Tetsuya SHIMADA|
|ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY Laboratory
|We are investigating following issues: 1) Development of new bio-analytical tool for the diagnosis of infectious disease and genetic insufficiency, 2) Studies on atmospheric environment such as photo-chemical oxidant, monitoring Mt Fuji atmosphere, dynamics of hyderogen gas in atmosphere, 3) Regio-selective nano wire fabrication for chemical and biological application, 4) Study on inkjet for ultra-small sample introduction and its' application to capillary electrophoresis, digital PCR, droplet enhaced microanalysis.
|Associate Professor||Hizuru NAKAJIMA|
|Associate Professor||Shungo KATO|
|Assitant Professor||Sifeng MAO|
|Assitant Professor||Hidetaka NORITOMI|
|IWe are investigating the development of high performance catalytic system that can contribute to solve the environmental and energy problems in urban society. Our research are mainly focused on the development of novel catalysts directed toward “environmental conservation and purification”, “highly efficient energy conversion” and “environmentally-benign molecular transformations”. To create innovative catalysts, we are carrying out the design of the catalysts based on the understanding of the catalysis at molecular and atomic level by using a series of spectroscopic and theoretical techniques.
|Associate Professor||Hiroki MIURA|
|The Shudo Laboratory is lead by Prof. Toshio Shudo and focuses on the improvement in energy efficiency of the vehicle power systems such as internal combustion engine and fuel cell. The applied research topics of the Shudo Laboratory include the improvement in power density of the direct methanol type polymer electrolyte fuel cell by applying the porous materials as the flow field for even supply of reactants to the whole area of electrode and the improvement in thermal efficiency of the hydrogen fueled internal combustion engine by reducing the energy loss due to the heat transfer from burning gas to combustion chamber walls.