Professor / PI / Deputy Director

Aiko Fukazawa Aiko Fukazawa

Research Interest

Physical Organic Chemistry, Organic Synthesis

One of the biggest excitement and mission of chemist is the manufacturing of novel substances, which have a potential for solving several issues underlying for human beings. In particular, optical and/or electronic functions, such as luminescence, charge-carrier transport, and light (or heat)-energy conversion, are crucial to realizing next-generation technologies for sustainable society. Among a broad chemical space. We are particularly focusing our attention on molecular materials based on organic pi-conjugated systems, and is trying to propose rational molecular design of organic optoelectronic materials which have been yet difficult to be achieved by conventional way.

What I like about my science

The characteristics of our research is that (1) we design novel molecules with unusual structures and electronic states of which nobody has ever seen, rather than slightly modifying or combining molecular scaffolds that we have seen elsewhere, and (2) we indeed produce them at the first time in the world by taking advantage of the state-of-the-art synthetic technology. Moreover, our aim is to contribute to the development and deepening of both fundamental organic chemistry and materials science by providing rational molecular design of optoelectronic functional materials throughout the studies on the properties and functions of the novel compounds thus we produced.

Researcher Q & A

Where are you from?

Nara, Japan

Why did you become a researcher?

I started thinking about majoring in chemistry when I was a high school student, but I didn’t really want to become a researcher in academia until I joined a research group at university. As I work on my research, I have been deep into the beauty of academic research, and I come to the present.

What is your favorite experiment, theory, device, reagent, lab equipment? Why do you like it?

My favorite experimental procedure is recrystallization. This is one of the most basic operations in chemical experiments, yet it is very profound technique that significantly depends on the researcher’s power of observation and skills.

What is your hobby?

I like listening to music, collecting stationery with good design and functions, and handcrafting (i.e., making fashion accessories such as bags, earrings, bracelets, etc.).


Aiko Fukazawa  Professor / PI / Deputy Director
Kosuke Yasui  Program-Specific Assistant Professor




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