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Main Research Field

Nano Chemistry

We use various methods to synthesis nanostructured materials and try to understand their formation mechanism, physical properties, both experimentally and theoretically. We investigate the reactivity and modification of nanotubes and nanostructured materials for application purposes, such as field emission display, fuel cell, LED, etc.

Particular Research

Particular Research
  • Functional nanomaterials
    • Research interests of our group, the Functional Materials Laboratory, are various aspects of science and technology, ranging from fundamental research to possible industrial applications. Our researches are focused on design and synthesis of noble nanoporous materials, especially mesoporous materials, and nanostructured materials such as nanoparticles and nanowires. The nanoporous materials have attracted much attention in the fields of nanochemistry, nanotechnology, and supramolecular chemistry due to their ordered nanoporocity (1 - 30 nm). Generally, the nanoporous materials are synthesized by self-assembly and polymerization between organic pore generator and inorganic framework precursors. We have been developing new synthetic strategies for the materials in order to give new structures and functionalities. Applications of the nanoporous materials as the catalytic and electronic materials are also our main interests
  • Bio-Nanomaterials Z-DNA Binding Mechanism
    • Structural analysis of Z-DNA and Z-DNA binding domains in complex
    • Mutation studies of Z-DNA binding domains and their activity
  • Mineralization of Nanoparticle in the Caged Proteins
    • CdSe mineralization in the sHSP16.5 cage
    • CdSe mineralization in the ClpP cage
    • CdSe mineralization in the pep A cage
  • Protein Quality Control
    • Structural and biochemical studies about ClpX/P complex
    • Biological function of HtrA and their structural characteristic of activation mechanisms
    • Structural properties and biological activation mechanisms of small heat shock proteins
  • Nano-inorganic Materials
    Hemispherical Micro-lens Array
    • Microspheres was obtained by spin-casting, which developed hemispherical photo
    • polymer micro-lens arrays on glass by two-step replica holding.
    • Hemispherical micro-lens with conformal surface was constructed by sequential replica olding without applying coupling agents and complicated photolithographic techniques.
  • Ordered Monolayer Array of Gold Nanoparticles
    • Well-ordered Au nanoparticles was obtained using molecular linker and interparticle linker.
    • Vapor deposition of molecular linker forms uniform and thinner molecular layer comparing to solution deposition method
  • Molecular magnets : crystal structure and physical properties.
    • Molecular designing by using molecular building-block enable us to rationalize molecular hybrid consisting of organic and inorganic species.
    • Synthesis and magnetic properties of cluster compounds such as Mn12 were under investigation.
  • Nanochemistry & Nanoscience
    Electrochemistry : The Application of Nanorod
    • The synthesis of nanorod by electrochemical deposition
    • Ultra thin Pt-Ru-Pt layer by layer coating on vertical Au nanorod array for electrocatalysis Au Nanoparticle Array and Applications
    • Assembly of hignly ordered Au nanoparticle monolayers at a water/haxane inrterface
    • 3-D Pt-coated Au nanoparticle array : application for eletrocatalysis and Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS)
  • Synthesis of Superhydrophobic and Water Slipping Perpendicular Nanorod Arrays with Hierarchy Architecture
    • Synthesis of vertically aliened smooth Au nanorod arrays without and with nanoporous tips
    • Superhydrophobic metallic surfaces of nanorod forests and water slipping nanorod forest
  • Mesoporous Thin Films
    • Synthesis
    • Characterization
    • Exploration of fundamental physicochemical properties in the nanochannels
    • As templates for arrays of nanomaterials
  • Metal carbide nanoparticles
    • Synthesis
    • As novel hydrogenation catalysts
    • Application to fuel cell electrocatalysts
  • Others
    • Nanocomposites for hydrogen storage
    • Novel synthesis of oxide nanoparticles
    • Nanocomposite materials for antibacterial materials