Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Chemistry Course, School of Engineering
We design and synthesize new molecular materials, and explore how their properties relate to their molecular structures. This molecular engineering enables us to develop the next generation of functional π-materials based on artificial molecular evolutions of natural tetrapyrrolic pigments, known as porphyrins. Through our original synthetic methodologies, namely, “N-confusion” approach, a various classes of functional porphyrin analogues have been developed toward the specific applications as, e.g., highly active and robust catalysts, high-performance opt-materials, agents for bio-sensing and photodynamic therapy (PDT) etc. Likewise, we are pursuing in the another research area on artificial functional phthalocyanine-based materials and BODIPY dyes as tools for material sciences.
Doubly N-Confused Hexaphyrin that can sense Zn2+ ions in water.