Creation of the Metal-Organic Hybrid Protonics and Functional Nano-Layer Integrated System

Hiroshi Kitagawa
Kyoto University
Department of Chemistry ,Graduate School of Science

Dynamics of molecules and ions in metal-organic hybrid nano-layer integrated system are acted by characteristic nano-fields such as intermolecular interaction, coulomb interaction, catalytic action, etc. This project is to establish the metal-organic hybrid protonics, and to create functional nano-layer integrated system, where the energy conversions can be easily operated. In particular, we aim at the construction of functional nano-layer system using coordination polymers which is able to control a series of energy operations such as generation, separation, storage, material conversion of an energy gas, H2, or electron / ion transport.

Ultra-high brilliant synchrotron radiation analysis and control station for functional interfaces

Masaharu Oshima
The University of Tokyo
Department of Applied Chemistry, Chairman School of Engineering

In order to develop nano devices utilizing novel nano interface structures, we aim at developing a ultra-high brilliant synchrotron radiation analysis and control station at a long undulator. We will systematically perform the following four research programs: 1) 3-dimensional profile analysis, 2) nano-spectroscopy, 3) sub-micron soft X-ray emission spectroscopy, and 4) dynamic observation of interfaces by soft X-ray holography.

Interfacial Device Physics for Oxide- and Organic-Electronics

Masashi Kawasaki
Tohoku University
Institute for Materials Research

Two dimensional interfaces created by adjoining oxide semiconductors, correlated electron oxides and organic molecular compounds will be studied to elucidate the ways of efficient injection and/or accumulation of charge carriers. The electronic, magnetic and photonic properties played by thus engineered carriers will be promoted to functional devices.

Catalyst design of gold clusters through junction effect with metal oxides, carbons, and polymers

Masatake Haruta
Tokyo Metropolitan University
Department of Applied Chemistry Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences

Although gold is chemically inert, its reactivity dramatically changes when it becomes smaller than 2 nm in diameter being composed of less than 300 atoms. These gold clusters are deposited on a variety of support materials including base metal oxides, carbons having different nano-structures, and polymers as soft materials in order to tune the catalytic performance in a much wider scope. New catalytic processes are exploited in an attempt to expand the frontiers of green sustainable chemistry.

Creation of functional organosilica hybrid materials with highly ordered nano-structure

Shinji Inagaki
Toyota Central R&D labs., Inc.
Program Manager,Nanospace-utilized Materials Program
Frontier Research Center
Principal Researcher

The object of this research is the creation of new function of organosilica hybrid materials through the control of the molecular arrangement structure and nano-porous structure. The drawbacks of organic materials, the low stability and the difficulty of nano-structure control, will be overcome by hybridization with inorganic materials in molecular level. We have already succeeded in the synthesis of highly ordered and stable mesoporous organosilica materials and aim to apply them to the photo-conversion system and high efficient molecular recognition system.