[Hyper Nano-space Design] Hyper-nano-space design toward Innovative Functionality

※ Affiliations and titles are as of the end of the research activity.

Strategic Objects

Creation of new functional materials by means of technology for controlling spaces and gaps in advanced materials in order to realize selective material storage, transport, chemical separation, and conversion, etc.

Research Supervisor

Kazuyuki Kuroda(Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University)


This research area aims to create novel, epoch-making materials that address societal needs in areas such as the environment, energy, medicine, and health. To achieve this, we aim to establish a hyper-nano-space design technology that comprises high-level design and control of spaces and gaps within materials and achieves an innovative functionality that transcends the functionality obtained with conventional porous materials.

Research themes promoted in this research area are expected to be pioneering and original, and to probe how hyper-nano-space design and control can lead to novel innovative functions. Some expected functional properties are energy conversion, chemical conversion, chemicals transfer and separation, molecular recognition, medical use, structural materials, electronic devices, etc.

In addition, this research area aims to promote challenging approaches that contemplate future processing and industrialization. The approaches must be based on a wide viewpoint and must combine chemical synthesis with cutting-edge measuring techniques and calculations in order to clear the functional properties of the hyper-nano-spaces.

This research area will promote challenging and enthusiastic research aiming to lead the world toward new frontiers in materials research and development.

Research Area Advisors

・Takahisa Arima
University of Tokyo, Professor

・Hiroshi Kageyama
Professor, Kyoto University

・Katsumi Kaneko
Professor, Shinshu University

・Susumu Kitagawa
Director/Professor, Kyoto University

・Motoko Kotani
Professor / Director, Tohoku University

・Tohru Setoyama
Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation/
General Manager, Yokohama R&D Center Setoyama Laboratory

・Tomonari Dotera
Professor, Kinki University

・Tomohiro Nakayama
Director, JST/CRDS

・Ayumi Hirano-Iwata
Principal Investigator/Professor, Tohoku University

enior Researcher, Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Applied Chemistry, The University of Toky

・ Atsushi Fukuoka
Hokkaido University, Professor

・Makoto Fujita
Professor, Tokyo University

・Hirokatsu Miyata
Senior Scientist, Canon Inc.

・Eiji Yashima
Nagoya University, Professor

Year Started : 2013

Yasuhide Inokuma
Associate Professor, Hokkaido University
Visualization of metabolic pathways of trace amount of drugs using porous crystalline hosts.


Sayaka Uchida
Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo
Hierarchically-Assembled Ionic Crystals with Unique Adsorption, Diffusion, and Reaction Properties.


Tomoki Ogoshi
Professor, Kanazawa University
Design and Development of next-genaration chiral hyper-nano-space controlled on the molecular level.


Hyeon-Deuk Kim
Assistant Professor, Kyoto University
Computational design of higher-order super-structured materials focusing on their hyper-nano spaces as essential parameters to search innovative photovoltaic properties.


Yasuhiro Sakamoto
PRESTO Researcher, Japan Science and Technology Agency
Direct Observation of Hereroatoms in Zeolite Frameworks and Control of their Atomic Sites.


Takashi Tachikawa
Associate Professor, Kobe University
Creation of efficient light conversion systems based on highly-ordered nanoparticle superstructures.


Hirotomo Nishihara
Associate Professor, Tohoku University
Synthesis of Graphene-Based Elastic Porous Materials and Their Applications.


Junko Nomura(Kondo)
Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Development of solid acid catalysis in mesospace confined by transition metal oxide thin layers.


Masakazu Higuchi
Assistant Professor, Kyoto University
Creation of Charge-separated Space and Development of its Innovative Functions.


Toshihiko Fujimori
Associate Professor, Shinshu University
Quasi High Pressure Assisted Photoreactions for Creations of Unexplored Conducting Materials inside Hierarchical Nanospaces.


Shunsuke Murai
Assistant Professor, Kyoto University
Creating novel photonic materials based on mesoporous structures.


Year Started : 2014

Development of 3D atomic force microscopy for atomic-scale investigation of interactions between guest molecules and hyper-nano-spaces

Research Director:
Hitoshi Asakawa(Associate Professor, College of Science and Engineering, Kanazawa University)

Creation of novel electronic materials by nano-space engineering under extreme conditions

Research Director:
Shintaro Ishiwata(Associate professor, School of engineering, The University of Tokyo)

Creation of Proton Conductive Fields through the Use of Three-Dimensiaonally Continuous Gyroid Minimal Surface

Research Director:
Takahiro Ichikawa(Tenure-Track Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)

Construction of Innovative Light Conversion Materials by Porous Organic Crystals

Research Director:
Toshikazu Ono(Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University)

Development of aerobic oxidation catalysis based on porous covalent organic frameworks

Research Director:
Kazuhide Kamiya(Assistant Professor, Research Center for Solar Energy Chemistry, Osaka University)

Creation of regular arrangements of nano-spaces in photosynthetic proteins

Research Director:
Yoshitaka Saga(Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Kindai University)

The virtual surface – the use of internal structure to alter external material properties

Research Director:
Easan Sivaniah(Professor, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University)

Innovative functional enhancement of atomic resolution imaging by high-precision spatial control of scanning probes

Research Director:
Tomoko Shimizu(Senior Researcher, Advanced Key Technologies Division, National Institute for Materials Science)

Controlled structures of colloidal crystals and their applications as novel optical materials

Research Director:
Akiko Toyotama(assistant professor, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nagoya City University)

Creation of ultra small metal oxide particles within the precisely controlled nano-space of organic cages

Research Director:
Masayuki Nihei(Associate Professor, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba)

Multiscale Modeling Studies of Metalloenzyme-like Porous Coordination Polymers: Elucidation of Catalytic Mechanisms and Design

Research Director:
Hajime Hirao(Associate Professor, Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong)

On-Demand Generation of Extremely Active Species for the Exploration of New Chemical Compounds and Expanding the Frontiers of Adsorption and Material Sciences

Research Director:
Ryotaro Matsuda(Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University)

Creation of Molecular Screw with Chiral Host and Guest and Its Application

Research Director:
Teppei Yamada(Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University)

Year Started : 2015

Shape manipulation of metal clusters through a dendrimer-based hyper-nano-space for novel functionality

Research Director:
Takane Imaoka(Associate Professor, Chemical Resources Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Production of the unprecedented state of the existing metal ions by utilizing the zeolite field

Research Director:
Akira Oda(Guest Researcher, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama university)

Creation of chiral nano-templates through controlled nano-spaces towards visible frequency metamaterials

Research Director:
Shoichi Kubo(Senior Researcher, Research Center for Functional Materials, National Institute for Materials Science)

Creation of innovative function by hybridization of metal nanoparticles and metal-organic frameworks

Research Director:
Hirokazu Kobayashi(Cooperative Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University)

Controlled Polymer Synthesis using Topochemistry inside Nano Space

Research Director:
Kei Saito(Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry, Monash University)

Creation of functional low-dimensional nano-space material “nanosheet” by means of interfacial synthesis

Research Director:
Ryota Sakamoto(Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo)

Application of the inner space of giant protein complex to crystallization tool

Research Director:
Yoshikazu Tanaka(Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University)

Synthesis and Mathematical Analysis of Self-assembled Polyhedra

Research Director:
Daishi Fujita(Associate Professor, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), Kyoto University)

Manipulating the topological properties of materials via auxiliary space dimensions

Research Director:
Nobuhisa Fujita(Assistant Professor, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University)

Design and development of functions based on cooperative structural changes of multiple crystalline cavities

Research Director:
Ryosuke Miyake(Assistant professor, Faculity of Core Research, Natural Science Devision, Ochanomizu University)

Artificial hyper-nanospace for mechanism elucidation of cancer metastasis

Research Director:
Takao Yasui(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University)

Developing of high-performance thermoelectric materials for intermetallic compounds by tuning of their tunnel structures

Research Director:
Takahiro Yamada(Associate Professor, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University)

Multi-stable device device applications using stimuli-responsive topological defect networks

Research Director:
Hiroyuki Yoshida(Assistant Professor, Division of Electrical, Elecronic and Information Engineering, Osaka University)

Molecular Implantation and Supramolecular Electronics

Research Director:
Shunichiro Watanabe(Associate Professor, Department of Advanced Materials Science, School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo)

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