Division of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

Division of Applied Chemistry,
Graduate School of Engineering,
Osaka University

Molecular Chemistry Area

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Molecular Reaction Chemistry

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Professor MIURA Masahiro

Associate Professor HIRANO Koji

Assistant Professor NISHII Yuji

We are performing basic and applied studies on transformation of various organic molecules derived from petroleum and coal. The major objectives of our research group are to develop (1) new, efficient strategies for the synthesis of organic fine chemicals including pharmaceutical intermediates and π-conjugated functional materials and (2) high-performance catalysts that enable effective functionalization of organic molecules.

Molecular Design Chemistry

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Professor CHATANI Naoto

Associate Professor FUKUMOTO Yoshiya

Assistant Professor Yusuke ANO

Our research interests involves the invention of new synthetic methodologies, with a particular emphasis on the design and development of novel catalytic system by taking advantage of unique features of transition metal complexes. A particular focus is the development of catalytic technologies for the activation and transformation of unreactive bonds, such as C-H, C-C, C-O, C-N, C-Si, C-P, and C-S Bonds.

Molecular Interaction Chemistry

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Professor KIDA Toshiyuki

Associate Professor MORI Tadashi

Assistant Professor Hajime Shigemitsu

We create functional materials that are useful for environmental protection and medical care and are friendly to humans and the environment, by using an appropriate combination of organic synthesis and molecular interactions. Currently we focus on (i) the development of molecular recognition materials that can efficiently remove harmful substances from water and oil, (ii) the development and application of micro- and nanostructures using self-organization of molecules, and (iii) the control of chiral photoreactions using weak molecular interactions.

Industrial Organic Chemistry

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Professor MATSUSAKI Michiya

Assistant Professor NAKAMOTO Masahiko

In our laboratory, we design and create high performance compounds on the basis of synthetic organic chemistry in consideration of developments at an industrial level. We promote the development of environmentally-benign high performance materials, which are safe for internal and surrounding living environments, by the chemical modification of oligomers, polymers, their assemblies, and synthetic macromolecules derived from biomaterials such as saccharides, amino acids, protein, and lactic acid.

Resources Chemistry

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Professor YASUDA Makoto

Associate Professor NISHIMOTO Yoshihiro

Assistant Professor KONISHI Akihito

Our research is currently focused on designing a methodology for organic synthesis using novel organometallics and catalyst systems. Novel reactive organometallic species have been isolated and characterized based on spectroscopic methodology and X-ray crystallographic analysis. These species have been applied to the synthesis of functionalized organic compounds. Our group also focuses on utilizing characteristic Lewis acids in the conversion of carbon resources to valuable organic compounds. Metal complexes that have cage-shaped organic ligands are synthesized and used for new types of selective reactions for practical organic syntheses. We also target functionalized materials that are based on organic compounds with novel physical properties and special intramolecular interactions. All projects are supported by organic synthetic approaches that extend to various fields of chemistry.

Catalytic Synthetic Chemistry

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Professor MASAOKA Shigeyuki

Associate Professor KONDO Mio

Assistant Professor SAGA Yutaka

Our group studies the development of functional metal complexes toward the realization of artificial photosynthesis. Specific areas of research include (i) creation of cluster catalysts for multi-electron transfer reactions, (ii) development of novel photo-induced electron transfer systems, and (iii) development of framework catalysts for small molecule conversion via the self-assembly of catalyst modules.

Organometallic Chemistry

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Professor OGOSHI Sensuke

Associate Professor HOSHIMOTO Yoichi

Assistant Professor IWAMOTO Hiroaki

One of the major interests of our research is focused on the development of a transition metal-mediated selective transformation of polyfluorinated compounds such as tetrafluoroethylene (TFE). We have also been focusing on nickel-catalyzed transformation reactions via a hetero-nickelacycle intermediate as well as on their reaction mechanisms.

Functional Organic Chemistry

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Professor TOBISU Mamoru

Associate Professor AMAYA Toru

Assistant Professor KODAMA Takuya

Our laboratory focuses on the interdisciplinary researches, which permit the creation of redox systems for synthetic reactions, π-conjugate systems, and bio-inspired systems.

Chemical Biology

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Professor KIKUCHI Kazuya

Associate Professor HORI Yuichiro

Assistant Professor MINOSHIMA Masafumi

Chemical biology is an interdisciplinary research field, which focuses on elucidation of biological phenomena by utilizing "chemical tools". These chemical tools are developed by the combinatorial use of organic chemistry, nanotechnology, and genetic engineering. In our group, we design and synthesize novel fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) probes that are applied to answer various biological questions. The representative examples of our chemical tools are fluorescence probes for detection of protein localization and enzymatic activity and MRI probes for in vivo imaging of cancer and gene expression. We develop new tools to give new findings that are not verified by conventional biological methods. By using these tools, we are currently studying various biological fields such as epigenetics, immunology, and cancer biology.

Biofunctional Chemistry

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Professor ITOH Shinobu

Associate Professor SUGIMOTO Hideki

Assistant Professor MORIMOTO Yuma

Chemical biology is an interdisciplinary research field, which focuses on elucidation of biological phenomena by utilizing "chemical tools". These chemical tools are developed by the combinatorial use of organic chemistry, nanotechnology, and genetic engineering. In our group, we design and synthesize novel fluorescence and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) probes that are applied to answer various biological questions. The representative examples of our chemical tools are fluorescence probes for detection of protein localization and enzymatic activity and MRI probes for in vivo imaging of cancer and gene expression. We develop new tools to give new findings that are not verified by conventional biological methods. By using these tools, we are currently studying various biological fields such as epigenetics, immunology, and cancer biology.

Department of Materials Excitation Chemistry

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Professor FUJITSUKA Mamoru

Associate Professor KAWAI Kiyohiko

Associate Professor OSAKADA Yasuko

Assistant Professor TOJO Sachiko

"Beam-induced molecular chemistry" based on photo- and radiation-induced chemistry of organic compounds has been investigated from both basic and beam-functional points of view. The research topics are underway with respect to developments of new beam-controlled chemistry, new synthetic chemistry, and new molecular devices and functional materials including photofunctional surface and biomolecular systems.

Department of Soft Nanomaterials

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Professor IE Yutaka

Assistant Professor JINNAI Seihou

Assistant Professor YOKOYAMA Souichi

Our main subject is the development of novel molecule-based materials with promising electronic and photoelectronic properties for organic and molecular electronics. The research is based on the elucidation of the relationship between molecular structures and physical properties to control and improve the functions. We conduct integrated research: molecular design/synthesis, physical/chemical properties, and application to electronic devices such as organic field-effect transistor (OFET), organic solar cells (OSC), and single-molecule electronics.

Environmental Chemistry

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Professor SHIBATA Ikuya

Associate Professor TSUNOI Sinji

Assistant Professor SUZUKI Itaru

This center is currently involved in the development of environmental benign method in organic synthesis, and highly selective and sensitive methods for the analysis of hazardous chemical substances.