Chemical Environment Engineering

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Chemical Environment Engineering

Overview

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Examples of compact-disk-type microfluidic platform (left),
and organic light emitting diode as the light source
for fluorometric micro-total analysis system (right).

Recent years now rank "The environment", "Nano", and "Bio" as the primary priority in scientific researches and also industrial activities. With the conceptual frameworks we have been studying about high-performance analysis methods, e.g., biomedical sensors based on surface plasmon resonance phenomena, magnetic-nanoparticle-based high-throughput flow analysis system for environmental monitoring, and so on. Moreover, there have been growing demands of minimization/downsizing of environmental loads associated with routine analysis, ultrahigh-sensitive analysis method capable of single-atom or single-molecule detection, and in-situ analysis methods that allow in-vivo operation. Currently we are endeavoring to achieve these developing technical challenges posed by doing researches on microfluidic- and chip-based analysis devices, single-molecule imaging using scanning probe microscopes, and fluorometric molecular probes that respond selectively toward small-molecule transmitters.

Staff

Professor Toshihiko Imato
Associate Professor Koji Nakano
Assistant Professor Ryoichi Ishimatsu

The Main Research Topics

  • Development of high-performance biosensor for environmental and biomedical applications
  • Microfluidic analysis device chip equipped with organic light-emitting diode
  • Nanobiosensing of DNA and DNA-binding molecules based on single-molecule strategy
  • Molecular probe for small-molecule transmitters for fluorometric bioimaging
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