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Professor / PI

Research Interest

Chemistry of Molecular Assemblies
We try to understand the principle of molecular assembling process and transform the knowledge into a new fabrication protocol of novel materials. In particular, our research interest is in coordination chemistry and focuses on materials at the mesoscale and their applications in cell biology and electronics.

What I like about my science

Just like a group of people from different disciplines often shows high creativity, we try to form assemblage of heterogeneous molecules for implementing a new function. It is like sociology of molecules.

Researcher Q & A

Where are you from?


Why did you become a researcher?

I love the process of research, hypothesis–empirical trials–evaluation–revision of hypothesis and finally report a result. It requires logic and creativity.

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

My favorite instrument is scanning probe microscopy that allows us to directly see molecules and their assembly.

What is your hobby?

I started playing squash during my stay in Belgium as a postdoc. Though very much exhausting, it is really fun to simultaneously train physical strength and brain.

I sometimes go for a run in mountains in Kyoto to feel refreshed

Porous gels assembled from metal-organic polyhedra, a polyhedral molecule with permanent porosity