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Molecular Design and Functional Expression: Organic Material Chemistry and Process Engineering

We have been studying new technologies for organic synthesis and their application to highly functionalized organic materials. For example, synthesis and use of optically active molecules and organometallic compounds, and the development of liquid crystalline materials, liquid crystalline charge transporting materials, and functional dyes responding to external stimuli such as chemical materials and electromagnetic waves are now in progress. Also, our attention is focused on process simulations of material production supporting for the design of droplet formation systems, plastics molding, nuclear reprocessing plants, and so on.


Development of Novel Methodology for Analytical Chemistry and Physical Chemistry

Our research aims at innovations of new strategies not only for measuring amounts or concentrations of compounds but also for acquiring information on the structures and physicochemical properties of chemical species and the states of separation and reaction fields. The basic thesis underlying our research efforts is to explore the chemistry of the separation and detection. We are examining issues related, for example, to creating highly selective chromatographic methods and electrophoresis such as surface-bubble-modulated liquid chromatography (SBMLC) and polymer-enhanced capillary transient isotachophoresis (PectI) by using specific chemical reactions and/or interfaces. Our research focuses also on spectroscopic physical chemistry. Especially, we are trying to originally develop advanced spectroscopies for interfacial molecules and biomolecules. We have already developed Single-Channel Heterodyne-Detected Sum Frequency Generation Spectroscopy that has the best spectral resolution with interface selectivity and phase sensitivity. We are also making efforts on the development of novel fluorescence correlation spectroscopy that can be a powerful tool for elucidating the complex dynamics of biomolecules such as proteins.