Materials and Bioscience

Program Contents

In order to confront the complicated problems that contemporary society faces, the integration of science and technology in harmony with a broad range of fields has become increasingly important. The disciplines of chemistry and biology have contributed in this endeavor and it is certain that synergy between these branches of science will produce further breakthroughs by combining their common perspectives of “molecular transformation” and “functional organization of interactions.”

To promote these developments, a new department was established in 2007 that fused chemistry and chemical biology, which has grown into the Division of Molecular Science. We are home to more than 30 research groups in major research areas of Molecular Science, Material Science and Chemical Biology. Each research group pursues its own research mission as well as collaborating on joint research projects with other groups.

Faculty Members and Fields of Specialization

Faculty Members Fields of Specialization
professor
Naoki Asakawa
Bio-inspired devices using emergent property found in polymers
professor
Motoko S. Asano
Photophysics and design of photofunctional composite molecular systems including coordination compounds
professor
Hideki Amii
Development of synthetic organic reactions and their applications
professor
Hiroki Uehara
Development of property and functionality of nano-structured polymeric materials
professor
Masafumi Unno
Organosilicon and organic heteroatom chemistry: molecular design, synthesis, and application
professor
Kenji Oosawa
Structural and functional analyses of bacterial flagella and chemotaxis receptors, and genome informatics
professor
Tetsuo Okutsu
Physical chemistry, photochemistry and crystal growth
professor
Hiroaki Ozaki
Development of modified nucleic acids and its application
professor
Ken-ichi Kasuya
Structure and function of polyester-degrading enzymes, screening of microorganisms involved in the environmental cleanup
professor
Soichiro Kyushin
Structures and properties of organosilicon compounds
professor
Toru Kyomen
Solid state chemistry and design of functional oxides
professor
Takako Kudo
Molecular orbital study of silicon or transition metal compounds
professor
Soshi Shiraishi
Development of carbon-based nanoporous materials and electrochemical capacitors
professor
Yoshihiro Sumiyoshi
Studies on molecular structures of transient species and complexes consisting of radicals
professor
Masashi Sonoyama
Biomolecular science, Biophysical chemistry of proteins, Biospectroscopy, Bioinformatics
professor
Hiroshi Takahashi
Structural analysis and thermal study of model biomembranes
professor
Shigeki Takeda
Functional analysis of receptors, characterization and application of protein self-assembly
professor
Seiji Tobita
Photochemical and photophysical processes of aromatic compounds
professor
Yosuke Nakamura
Construction and properties of novel π -conjugated systems including fullerene chemistry and supramolecular chemistry
professor
Minoru Hanaya
Development and characterization of functional solid-state materials
professor
Ichiro Matsuo
Glycoscience, Glycotechnology, Synthetic study of glycoconjugates
professor
Takeshi Yamanobe
Structure of polymers and solid state NMR
professor
Takao Yamamoto
Statistical physics
professor
Kaori Wakamatsu
Structural biology of proteins involved in signal transduction, prevention of protein aggregation, and development of epileptic rat
Associate Professor
Yusuke Inoue
Functional analysis of the liver-enriched nuclear receptors using gene-targeted mice
Associate Professor
Shinji Iwamoto
Solvothermal synthesis of inorganic materials and their performance as catalysts
Associate Professor
Atsushi Enomoto
Suppression of antibody and T cell responses against allergens and autoantigens, advanced functional foods for prevention of diseases
Associate Professor
Md. Zakir Hossain
Chemical modification of epitaxial graphene on SiC substrate
Associate Professor
Hiroyuki Oku
Malaria vaccine and diagnosis material; biofunctional chemistry; biomedical and functional polymers
Associate Professor
Ken-ichiro Kanno
Synthesis and properties of novel organosilicon compounds using transition-metal complexes
Associate Professor
Kiichi Sato
Development of micro bioanalysis systems
Associate Professor
Hiroshi Sano
Exploration of new synthetic methods based on organometallic chemistry, particularly for asymmetric synthesis and natural product synthesis
Associate Professor
Tsuyoshi Takahashi
Construction and application of functional molecules using peptide and protein engineering
Associate Professor
Nobuhiro Takeda
Synthesis of metal complexes bearing new ligands for the purpose of activating small molecules
Associate Professor
Hiroyuki Takeno
Self-assembling structure and dynamics of multicomponent polymer systems
Associate Professor
Yoshiharu Toyama
Blood rheology, blood coagulation, and effects of high pressure on living organisms and biomaterials
Associate Professor
Nobukazu Nameki
Analyses of novel translation regulation mechanisms, and structural bioinformatics
Associate Professor
Jun-ichi Fujisawa
Studies of organic-inorganic hybrid materials for light energy conversions
Associate Professor
Hiroaki Horiuchi
Study of photofunctional materials based on photo-physical chemistry
Associate Professor
Takako Muraoka
Studies on unique ligands with heavier typical elements and their transition metal complexes
Associate Professor
Tomohisa Moriguchi
Development of functional oligonucleotides, chemistry of natural products
Associate Professor
Minoru Yamaji
Photophysics and photochemistry of organic and organometallic compounds
Associate Professor
Keiichi Yamada
Development of novel bioactive peptides utilizing molecular imaging technique
Associate Professor
Toshitada Yoshihara
Photophysical and photochemical studies of aromatic compounds and its application for bioimaging
Associate Professor
Masaru Yoneyama
Transition metal-catalyzed polymerization, Synthesis of polymers from unutilized resources
Visiting Professor
Hideki Abe
Studies on molecular and material design of polymers from biomass organic chemicals
Visiting Professor
Takayuki Kawashima
Creation of new functional molecules utilizing main group elements
Visiting Professor
Takeshi Saito
Preparation and evaluation of organic standard reference materials
Visiting Professor
Toshiyuki Suzawa
Process development of biopharmaceuticals
Visiting Professor
Noriaki Seko
R & D of the polymer modification technique by radiation processing
Visiting Professor
Nobuaki Takahashi
Development of antibody drug and novel antibody based technology
Visiting Professor
Mitumasa Taguchi
Reactions of radiation-induced reactive species and their applications in water environment conservation
Visiting Professor
Naoko Nonose
Chemical standards for inorganic materials and plasma spectrometry
Visiting Professor
Masahiko Numata
Preparation and evaluation of organic standard reference materials
Visiting Professor
Yasunari Maekawa
Synthesis of thermally stable polymeric functional materials
Visiting Professor
Tetsuya Yamaki
Nanotechnology Research and Material Development for Applications to Next-Generation Energy Devices
Visiting
Associate Professor
Ryoji Tanaka
Exploration of new synthesis methods in organosilicon chemistry
Visiting
Associate Professor
Keiji Numata
Studies on structure-function relationship of spider dragline silk and artificial silk materials
Visiting
Associate Professor
Akihiro Hiroki
Radiation modification technologies for environment-friendly polymer materials
Visiting
Associate Professor
Hiroki Yamamoto
Study on Ultra-finefabrication Matterials Based on Reaction Induced by Quantum Beam