Research Fields

New Funcational 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 / ionic / 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 has 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.