ISOBE Degenerate π-Integration

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Research Director: Hiroyuki ISOBE
Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo
Research Term 2013-2018


Fullerenes, carbon nanotubes (CNT) and graphenes. The new form of carbon allotropes, so called “nanocarbons”, was undoubtedly one of the important sources for a large stream of nanoscience and nanotechnology. Discoveries of new phenomena in the field of solid state physics raised expectations of their use as new materials and initiated the materials science of nanocarbons. However, among nanocarbons, fullerenes are the only substances that can be handled as “molecular entities”, whereas the other larger nanocarbons are “chemical species” that can only be handled as a mixture of various molecular structures. This character of the larger nanocarbons as chemical species is one of the reasons why there still lies a wide chasm between solid state physics and materials science of nanocarbons. Thus, although the unique features of nanocarbons, such as π-rich and rigid structures, heighten the expectations especially as electronic materials, the present larger nanocarbons are structurally non-discrete and ambiguous in their sp2-networks, which hampers the development of materials and functions from the unique physical observations.

This project aims to create “degenerate π-integrated solid” to lead the advancement in solid state physics and materials science for functions and materials of the coming generation. With this project, the researchers will take initiative for the interdisciplinary research from chemistry, which is expected to have a high impact both for academia and industry. This project is based on the director’s brief in an emerging era, “post-nanocarbon era”, where chemists create molecular entities possessing the key features of nanocarbons and create functions and materials at will through the design of the molecular building blocks and their assembled structures. The new post-nanocarbon molecular entities with discrete structures may achieve unique functionalities hitherto unreachable with “chemical species”. The target of this project matches well with the strategic objectives of Japanese government (MEXT), especially with the “Molecular Technology” objective.




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#1416, Faculty of Science Bldg. 4,
School of Science, The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, JAPAN
TEL: +81 (0) 3 5841 1473
FAX: +81 (0) 3 5841 8352

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