RESEARCH

Research Units

Bio-inspired Functional Molecular System

Inspired by controlling of chemical reaction and molecular function by chiral structures on Nature, the fabrication of artificial chiral materials has attracted scientists. In this research unit, we develop bio-inspired multi-functional systems with chiral molecular structures for controlling of their function. For photonic, electronic, magnetic and catalytic applications, we will fabricate supramolecular systems with chirality by using foldamer and glutamide derivatives developed by Dr. Ferrand et al. and us, respectively. Induction of new properties and/or improvement in functional performance will be useful for several application fields like bio-sensor, chiroptical memory and security devices, electronic and spintronic devices, and catalytic reaction acceleration for carbon dioxide reduction.

Unit members

  • Japan
    Unit Coordinator
    Yutaka KUWAHARA
    Assistant Professor, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Kumamoto University
    Japan
  • USA
    Tomoyasu MANI Website
    Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut
    USA
  • France
    Yann FERRAND Website
    Research Director, University of Bordeaux, CNRS
    France
  • France
    Céline OLIVIER
    Research Associate, University of Bordeaux, CNRS
    France
  • USA
    Etsuko FUJITA
    Senior Chemist, Brookhaven National Laboratory
    USA