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Electronic Functional Macromolecules Group

Based on organic synthesis, inorganic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, polymer science, electrochemistry, and photochemistry, our group aims to develop novel functional macromolecules with electronic / optical properties and to apply them to energy-related, environmental, medical, and display applications.

Objective

New Functional Macromolecules

Macromolecules such as plastics and rubbers have made our daily lives convenient and comfortable. In addition, recent developments in organic synthesis and nanotechnology have enabled us to prepare a novel type of macromolecules and to characterize the structure precisely. Our group has created novel macromolecules including metallo-supramolecular polymers, topological polymers, and inorganic-organic hybrid polymers, by utilizing weak bonds like coordination bonds and hydrogen bonds.


Device Fabrication

The obtained macromolecules exhibit novel electronic / optical properties unlike the conventional organic macromolecules. We have fabricated electrochemical and photochemical devices with the new macromolecules. Device-friendly properties of macromolecules including easy film formation and processing help the device fabrication.


From Fundamental to Application

So called "death valley" prevents the applications of fundamental research. By mutual approach between basic polymer science and device application, our group have challenged to visualize our scientific findings as energy-related, environmental, and display devices. For example, we have recently developed “cuttable display sheets” using metallo-supramolecular polymer bearing electrochromic properties. 


Group Leader

"Masayoshi HIGUCHI" Image

Masayoshi HIGUCHI


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Electronic Functional Macromolecules Group
1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0044 JAPAN
TEL: +81-29-860-4721
E-Mail: HIGUCHI.Masayoshi=nims.go.jp(Please change "=" to "@")
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047, JAPAN
TEL.+81-(0)-29-859-2000
FAX.+81-(0)-29-859-2029