Innovative Molecular Structure Analysis based on Self-Assembly Technology

Research Director

Makoto Fujita

Makoto Fujita

(Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)

Program Manager

Atsuo Ezaki

Atsuo Ezaki

(ACCEL Program Manager, Japan Science and Technology Agency)

R&D Term

2014 Apr - 2019 Mar

Outline of R&D Project

Over the period of CREST program, we have developed a series of metal coordination networks with controlled nano-sized pores and introduced and demonstrated a novel concept of X-ray structural analysis, named the “crystalline sponge method”.
This methodology enables X-ray structural analysis of small molecules without preparing its single crystal, instead, by simply absorbing molecules of interest into a porous crystalline material.
We plan to boost up the “crystalline sponge method” to the practical stage and make it widely accessible through ACCEL.


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