“Extraordinary function by extraordinary molecular design; this is how we can change the world.” We are all trying to discover solutions to important societal concerns, such as energy storage, as well as medical and environmental problems by utilizing state of the art “Supramolecular Science” and “Material Science”.
“Aquamaterial” for Low-Carbon Sustainable Society :
We have designed a “molecular glue”, which could bind inorganic nanosheets to form a 3D network. We were then able to use this “glue” to engineer “water” to create “Aquamaterial” with mechanical properties comparable to plastic or rubber. We aim to further develop this research toward new environmentally friendly functional material.
Drug Delivery/Nanoremedy by Molecular Glue/ Biomolecular Machine :
Our “molecular glue” could also bind to proteins, nucleic acids, and biomembranes. We hope that this, coupled with our “stimuli-responsive bio-nanotubes” (composed of protein chaperones) may be a part of the next generation of drug delivery and “nanoremedy” systems.
Supramolecular Polymers/Functional Soft Materials :
We have developed a new strategy for the precise control of supramolecular polymerizations. We are also developing new materials and devices by the strategic molecular-level design of semiconducting organic materials, such as liquid crystalline materials which can be aligned in response to an electric field.
Energy Conversion by Soft Nanocarbon :
We have developed new soft carbon-based nanomaterials such as "graphite nanotubes" and “nanocarbon (carbon nanotube, graphene)/ionic liquid hybrid soft materials", for the construction of new energy conversion systems.
Molecular Transformation and Transport by Crystalline Nanoporous Materials :
We are developing new crystalline nanoporous materials for groundbreaking molecular transformations and transportation.