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KITAGAWA Integrated Pores
Research Director: Dr. Susumu Kitagawa
The Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University
Research Term 2007-2012
Research Director: Omar M. Yaghi
Los Angeles chemistry / biochemistry course, University of California
Outline of Research

  Recently, remarkable progress has been made in the synthesis of coordination compounds with infinite structures, and in particular compounds with backbones constructed from metal ions as connectors and ligands as linkers, so-called coordination polymers (CPs). The pores of porous CPs (PCP) can exhibit a versatile array of functions, such as storage, exchange, separation, and catalysis. To date PCPs are found in fledgling, ‘Phase I’ developments, in which pore functions are explored individually. Our aim of this project is to establish a symbiotic integration of porous materials and porous functions; hence, to develop PCPs with “controllable and flexible performance responsive to target environments”, that is ‘Phase II’ developments. These environments range in size from the intermolecular or interatomic distances of the pores of materials (0.1-10 nm) up to the space inside biological cells (100 nm). Nonlinear, cooperative events taking place in mesospace present challenging problems and may hold the key to the technologies of tomorrow.

Research Director
Dr. Susumu Kitagawa
Research Groups
Pluripotent Pores Research
Group Leader:
 Ryotaro Matsuda
 Hiroshi Sato
 Raita Hirose
 Charlotte Bonneau
 Satoshi Horike
 Kosaka Wataru
 George Akiyama
 Sareeya Bureekaew
 Ayumi Tanimura  Junichi Hataoka Hybrid Pores Research
Group Leader:
 Shuhei Furukawa
 Stephane Diring
 Hiromitsu Uehara
 Julien Reboul
 Kiyo Yamashita
 Nao Horike

Project Office
Kyoto Research Park Bldg 3, 93, Chudouji-awata, Shimogyo-ku,
Kyoto 600-8815, JAPAN
Research Manager:
 George Akiyama
Administrative Manager:
 Shuhei Noda
Phone: +81 (0) 75 325 3571
FAX: +81 (0) 75 325 3572


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