Yoshimitsu Itoh Associate Professor
An interface is a boundary where materials touch each other. The type and arrangement of functional groups in the small world of protein and molecular interactions have a great impact on macroscopic materials properties and functions. The molecular interface is a very small area in the overall material, but there are many examples that you can feel the power of interface, such as fluorine-coated surfaces that strongly repel water. In other words, if we can control the interface properly, we can freely manipulate the properties of materials. In our group, we are working on the creation of new materials based on interfacial phenomena by making full use of synthetic organic chemistry, polymer science, supramolecular science, and electrochemistry.
Electrode Interface as a Platform for Environmentally Friendly Materials Synthesis :
Electricity is a representative clean energy that has been known for a long time. In our group, we are exploring the method to synthesize innovative materials that will contribute to the realization of a sustainable society using the power of electricity. In addition to the well-known redox-based electrochemistry, we take advantage of various intriguing features of electricity, such as migration and polarization, to develop new synthetic methods for innovative materials and to realize new physical properties.
Exploration of Interfacial Phenomena based on Molecular Chemistry :
“God made solids, but surfaces were the work of the devil” is a famous quote by Pauli. Even more than half a century later, the importance of surface and interface phenomena is increasingly recognized, but still many areas remain unexplored. This is because the interface is only a minute part of the whole material and is very difficult to obtain information from there. In our group, by taking advantage of the molecular chemistry approach that we have developed, we aim to elucidate and explore the interfacial phenomena.