Organic Materials

TAKEUCHI Masayuki

TAKEUCHI.Masayuki@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research Center for Functional Materials Molecular Design & Function Group Group Leader

Research field

functional materials, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry

Research outline

Creation of new organic nanochemistry thorough the design, synthesis, and characterization of organic, macromolecular, and supramolecular materials with photo- and electro-active components, chemosensing functions, dynamic mechanical characters.

Research Interests

self-assembly, supramolecular chemistry, molecular recognition, molecular machinery

Assigned university/courses

University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences

PhD : Materials Science and Engineering

MSc : Materials Science

Message to prospective students

Let's create new organic and supramolecular materials based on understanding molecular and supramolecular interaction.

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KAWAI Shigeki

KAWAI.Shigeki@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science  Research Center for Advanced Measurement and Characterization Nanoprobe Group Group Leader

Research field

surface chemistry, surface science, nanotechnology

Research outline

Single molecular chemistry with high-resolution atomic force microscopy/scanning tunneling microscopy. Characterization of structures and properties of single molecules at atomic scale. Development of local probe chemistry, and syntheses of novel compounds. Functionalized nano-carbon structures synthesized by on-surface chemical reaction.

Research Interests

single molecule, on-durface reaction, carbon nanostructure, atomic force microscopy, scanning tunneling microscopy

Assigned university/courses

University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences

PhD : Materials Science and Engineering

MSc : Materials Science

Message to prospective students

Recent development in scanning probe microscopy allows us to explore on-surface chemistry with atomic resolution. Since our study covers a wide range of fields (i.e. development of instrument, synthesis of novel compound), you can find your own topics. We wish to study the state-of-the-art science with a highly-motivated student.

KAWAKAMI Kohsaku

KAWAKAMI.Kohsaku@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research Center for Functional Materials Medical Soft Matter Group Group Leader

Research field

pharmaceuticals, softmatter, thermal analysis

Research outline

Potential of drug compounds can be maximized and their side-effect can be minimized by applying sophisticated formulation technologies. We are conducting formulation studies utilizing amorphous state and phospholipid carriers based on physicochemical view for making contribution to both progress in basic science of physical chemistry and practical science to improve drug delivery technologies.

Research Interests

amorphous, crystallization, solid dispersion, phospholipids, particle engineering

Assigned university/courses

University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences

PhD : Materials Science and Engineering

MSc : Materials Science

Message to prospective students

Pharmaceuticals are developed with various science and technology, and even if you look around the world, there are still only a handful of countries that can develop pharmaceutical products. We are conducting research to improve drug value by refining such world-leading technologies. For technological development, we are also challenging the development of basic science with the attitude of even doubting textbooks.

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NAITO Masanobu

NAITO.Masanobu@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research and Services Division of Materials Data and Integrated System Data-driven Polymer Design Group Group Leader

Research field

adhesive, coating, superhydrophobic, biomimetic, machine learning

Research outline

Our research group focuses on development of functional polymeric materials, and its applications for polymer films or adhesives. As the latest attempt, we are working on polymer-informatics which enable us to discover new materials better and faster, with machine learning.

Research Interests

machine learning, biomimetic, adhesive

Assigned university/courses

University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences

PhD : Materials Science and Engineering

MSc : Materials Science

Message to prospective students

Why don’t you try to develop new polymeric materials, with new function, by new idea.

YOSHIKAWA Genki

YOSHIKAWA.Genki@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research Center for Functional Materials Olfactory Sensor Group Group Leader

Research field

sensor, gas, nanomechanics, surface science, machine learning

Research outline

Towards an olfactory sensor, which is the last missing sensor in our five senses, we have been developing the following key technologies: sensor platforms, receptor materials, coating techniques, response property characterization, multi-dimensional data analysis. We are exploring the applicabilities of the sensors in agriculture, medicine, environment, safety, food, cosmetics, etc. through the close collaboration with companies, universities, and hospitals.

Research Interests

olfactory sensor, MSS, receptor layer, pattern recognition, system device

Assigned university/courses

University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences

PhD : Materials Science and Engineering

MSc : Applied Physics

Message to prospective students

Let's create the world's first practical olfactory sensor!

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YOSHIO Masafumi

YOSHIO.Masafumi@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research Center for Functional Materials Molecular Mechatronics Group Group Leader

Research field

organic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, polymer chemistry, electrochemistry, surface science

Research outline

By using hierarchical ordered structures and dynamic structural changes of newly designed liquid crystals and supramolecular polymers, we explore new functions including fast and selective charge- and mass-transport and switching of optical and mechanical functions and their device applications such as sensors and actuators.

Research Interests

liquid-crystalline materials, ionic and electronic conductors, luminescent materials, polymer actuators, self-healing materials

Assigned university/courses

Hokkaido University Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering

Materials Chemistry and Engineering Course

Message to prospective students

Biomolecules like proteins can exhibit prominent functions of catalysis and mass transport by the formation of dynamically ordered structures. Let’s make it happen through the design of bio-inspired functional supramolecular materials.

NAKANISHI Takashi

NAKANISHI.Takashi@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics Frontier Molecules Group Group Leader

Research field

liquid materials, luminescent materials, soft materials, organic chemistry

Research outline

Design, synthesis and investigation of nonvolatile, viscous, and optoelectronically-active, functional molecular liquids are the first priority in my research. Those liquids would be promising soft matters towards wearable-, stretchable- sensor and actuator applications.

Research Interests

functional liquids, electret, vibration sensor, acoustic actuator, luminescent dyes

Assigned university/courses

Hokkaido University Graduate School of Life Science

Functional Soft Matter

Message to prospective students

Shall we develop novel Functional Liquid Materials? It will open up a new avenue in Science and Technology useful in our life.

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UEKI Takeshi

UEKI.Takeshi@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research Center for Functional Materials Mechanobiology Group Seniour Researcher

Research field

supermolecular chemistry, functional materials, soft materials

Research outline

Our group develops material platform that brings out the mechanical function of polymer gel by tailoring polymer network design based on precise synthesis of polymers (ATRP, RAFT polymerization etc.) and solvent engineering. We aim at realizing a new class of scaffold material that leads to the fate of cell, by desingning structure and dynamics in nano-scale synchronized with macroscopic mechanical properties of soft matter.

Research Interests

polymer gels, block copolymers, RAFT Polymerization, ionic liduids, mechanobiology

Assigned university/courses

Hokkaido University Graduate School of Life Science

Functional Soft Matter

Message to prospective students

The actors who stand on the stage of "polymer gel" are "polymer network" and "liquid" that swells it. On this stage, “polymer network” has been the leading role for a long time. However, when we spotlight the "liquid" that is always devoted to bi-players, I expect that the new world of soft matter immediately opens up. Why don't we change the world with our soft matter?

ICHINOSE Izumi

ICHINOSE.Izumi@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research Center for Functional Materials Deputy Director

Research field

functional materials, structural materials

Research outline

Research Interests

polymer chemistry, nanomaterials, gas separation membranes, water treatment membranes, adsorbents

Assigned university/courses

Kyushu University Graduate School of Engineering

Department of Applied Chemistry

SAMITSU Sadaki

SAMITSU.Sadaki@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research and Services Division of Materials Data and Integrated System Data-driven Polymer Design Group Principal Researcher

Research field

polymers, porous materials, characterization methods for polymers, data science, soft materials

Research outline

We develop porous materials, which are widely used in society: for example, daily necessities (sponge, puff) and materials for advanced equipment (medical apparatus, separation membranes, rechargeable batteries). We create new porous materials, develop material processing methods, characterize them by advanced instrumentations, and open their promising applications.

Research Interests

porous polymers, nanofiber, membranes, machine learning, X-ray CT

Assigned university/courses

Waseda University Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering

Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Message to prospective students

Let's develop new porous materials for future society based on scientific knowledge, our idea, your approach, and advanced instrumentations.

HIGUCHI Masayoshi

HIGUCHI.Masayoshi@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Center for Functional Materials Electronic Functional Macromolecules Group Group Leader

Research field

polymer chemistry, coordination chemistry, electrochemistry, organic synthesis

Research outline

Materials informatics is expected to bring innovation to conventional material research. I aim to discover unknown electronic and optical functions by introducing data science such as statistical mathematical methods in the development of materials and devices that cross organic synthetic chemistry, complex chemistry, polymer chemistry, and electrochemistry.

Research Interests

coordination polymer, electrochromism, electrochemical solid-state device, display, smart window

Assigned university/courses

Osaka University Graduate School of Information Science and Technology

Department of Information Systems Engineering

Message to prospective students

Those who are interested in chemistry and informatics are welcome. The main research location will be NIMS (Tsukuba).

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