Tsuyoshi Minami Associate Professor
Yui Sasaki Research Associate
My group is interested in “applied” supramolecular chemistry. While previous work in the field of supramolecular chemistry centered mostly on fundamental research, current developments suggest that such chemistry is well poised to make significant contributions to various research fields. In particular, supramolecular sensors for biologically important species or pollutants are some of the most promising applications of molecular recognition materials. To be harnessed for rigorous analytical assignments, my research centers on the molecular design and synthesis of materials as well as the fabrication of devices.
Chemical Sensors based on Organic Thin Film Transistors Functionalized with Molecular Recognition Materials:
In the realm of electronics, organic thin film transistors (OTFTs) are some of the most interesting devices owing to their flexibility, solution processability and ultra small thickness. Recently, interest in OTFTs and their advantages have extended beyond rollable information displays to sensor applications. OTFT-based physical sensors are being studied extensively, whereas chemical sensors are still in their early stages. In this regard, we are developing OTFT-based chemical sensors functionalized with supramolecular artificial receptors.
High Throughput Analysis based on Supramolecular Sensor Arrays:
A significant amount of attention is being devoted to the development of supramolecular sensor arrays, owing to their capability to recognize a number of analytes with high classification accuracy. With this in mind, we particularly focus on the simultaneous analysis of multi-analytes in biological fluids or environmental water. This can contribute to the development of high-throughput analysis in the field of pharmaceutical, medical, and environmental investigations.