Artificial Photosythesis, Organic Photovoltaics
What I like about my science
Photoinduced electron transfer is one of the most fundamental processes in physics, chemistry, and biology. In the reaction center of natural photosynthesis, photoinduced electron transfer generates a long-lived charge-separated state with ~100% efficiency, leading to light-to-chemical energy conversion. In contrast, photoinduced charge separation at the interfaces of organic photovoltaics generates an electron-hole pair, eventually achieving light-to-electricity conversion. We have been working towards elucidating the underlying fundamental principles, which could be very useful for the rational design of highly efficient artificial photosynthesis and solar energy conversion.
Researcher Q & A
Where are you from?
Why did you become a researcher?
I was born and raised in Shimogamo, Kyoto, which was very close to Kyoto University. That intellectually stimulating environment inspired me very much. Thus, I was motivated to become a researcher.
What is your favorite experiment, theory, device, reagent, lab equipment? Why do you like it?
I like the Marcus theory for electron transfer. This theory really explains the unusual behavior of electron transfer, e.g., slow electron transfer occurring in the inverted region of Marcus parabola.
What is your hobby?
I used to listen to jazz and classical music. For instance, I love Kind of Blues by Miles Davis. I am not sure why I love it, but the album attracts me naturally.