Frontier Molecules Group

2023.04.01 Update

Frontier Molecules Group focuses on synthesis of frontier molecules possessing advanced functions and unique phenomena towards applications in security, sensing as well as bio- and medical usage. Our research contains methodologies of molecular design, synthesis, self-assembly, molecular recognition and hybridization with nanomaterials. we are aiming at development of world-top-level functional molecular materials with our original molecular design.

Specialized Research Field

Development of Novel Functions and Phenomena Based on Our Original Frontier Molecules

The common and requisite core scientific technique in the Frontier Molecules Group is development of functional molecular materials by means of organic synthesis. We aim to advance sensor and environmental power generation functions by utilizing newly synthesized pi-conjugated molecules, dimensionally regulated molecular/polymeric materials that change dynamically in response to external stimuli, such as small molecules, light, heat, presurre, etc. In this regard, we elucidate their structure, physical properties, and dynamics, and achieve selective transport and strage of specific ions and small molecules, and stability\shape control of droplets. We also explore novel physical properties that emerge in response to two-dimensional geometrical structures consisting of dynamic bonding and dynamic higher-order structural transformations.

Potential applications from those uniquely developed molecular materials would be towards:
  • security,
  • photo-memory,
  • electret-based mechanoelectric generators towards bio- and medical applications,
  • sensors and adsorbents (gases, alcohols, water content) for industry and safety,
  • not limited above examples.


Concurrent Group Member

Michio MATSUMOTO(Open in a new window)


Mizuki TENJIMBAYASHI(Open in a new window)


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Frontier Molecules Group
1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047, Japan
TEL: 029-860-4740
E-Mail: NAKANISHI.Takashi=nims.go.jp(Please change "=" to "@")