Department of Applied Chemistry Laboratories

Synthetic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry Laboratory (Professor Toshi Nagata)

Quinone pool molecules inspired by photosynthesis. Can accumulate up to 28 electrons using light energy.

Promoting development of new photochemical and electrochemical reactions using organic molecules, with the goal of achieving artificial photosynthesis.

Graduate Research Themes

  • Development of optical photosynthesis reaction using organic dyes
  • Reduction of carbon dioxide by photo- and electro-chemistry

Polymer Chemistry/Supramolecular Chemistry Laboratory
(Associate Professor Norifumi Fujita)

Aiming at the design and synthesis of molecules that exhibit the ability to spontaneously form aggregates (self-organization), and the development of novel polymeric materials.

Graduate Research Themes

  • Building new one-dimensional molecular assemblies
  • Building self-assembling polymers

Materials Chemistry

Nano-Structures and Physical Properties Laboratory (Professor Shunji Bando)

Electron microscopy image and model diagram of single-strand DNA trapped inside a nanotube

Major research themes include fabrication of nano-carbon materials and nano-oxide materials having a porous structure, and exploring and evaluating their structure and optical, electronic, and magnetic properties.

Graduate Research Themes

  • Fabricating heteroatom-doped graphene films and improving electrical conductivity
  • Fabricating various types of nanotubes (ferric oxide, titanium oxide, zinc oxide, etc.) and complexation with guest molecules with the aim of band gap engineering
  • Fabrication of wavelength-selective optical absorbers by controlling the length of a carbon nanotube (antenna effect)

Surface Chemistry Laboratory (Professor Takahiro Maruyama)

Scanning tunneling microscope image showing the observed atomic arrangement of a carbon nanotube tip

Objective is to elucidate various chemical phenomena involved in solid surfaces by making full use of surface analysis techniques, and to create new nano-materials by means of surface chemical reactions.

Graduate Research Themes

  • Chirality control and crystal growth of single-walled carbon nanotubes
  • Research on carbon nanotube/semiconductor heterojunctions

Nanostructure Fabrication Laboratory (Associate Professor Masaki Ozawa)

Mucous material formed by coagulation of nano diamonds in polymer solution (1,000,000 times smaller than a diamond on a typical engagement ring)

Working on synthesis of novel nano-size carbon materials, as well as assembling nanomaterials into structures similar to high-performance living tissues.

Graduate Research Themes

  • Synthesis of novel 1D nanodiamonds and elucidating their growth mechanism
  • Fabrication of bio-inspired materials by assembling nano particles

Environmental and Energy Materials

Functional Ceramic Materials Laboratory (Professor Eriko Ban)

Conceptual diagram of electrochemical permeation of hydrogen in a proton-conductive electrolyte

Students will explore and evaluate physical properties of functional metal oxides capable of responding to environmental and energy problems through the creation of oxide high-temperature superconductors and functional ceramics.

Graduate Research Themes

  • Fabrication and evaluation of high-temperature superconducting filaments
  • Improvement in electrical conductivity of proton-conductive ceramics

Electronic Ceramic Materials Laboratory (Assistant Professor Yumiko Ikebe)

Fracture surface of a (Nd, Sm, Gd) 123 superconducting filament prepared using a solution spinning method

Students explore non-stoichiometric functional metal oxides, in particular, high-temperature superconductors, and expand research on evaluating their low-temperature properties.

Graduate Research Themes

  • Fabrication and evaluation of superconducting filaments with an artificial pinning center
  • Establishment of superconducting wire manufacturing technology using a suspension spinning method

Surface Electrochemistry Laboratory (Assistant Professor Takahiro Saida)

Oxygen reduction reaction occurring on the Pt electro catalyst.

We evaluate phenomena such as catalysis or ionic adsorption on solid surfaces, and starting from the molecular level, we design and create new materials for electrode catalysts in fuel cells and electrode materials in capacitors and secondary batteries.