Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology


LAST UPDATE 2017/02/26

  • 研究者氏名
    Researcher Name

    山口猛央 Takeo YAMAGUCHI
    教授 Professor
  • 所属
    Professional Affiliation

    Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology

    Molecular functions
  • 研究キーワード
    Research Keywords

    Materials for fuel cells
    Bio-inspired materials
    Systematic material design
Research Subject
Development of intelligent molecules for the regulation of gene expression in cells

研究の背景 Background


Novel functional materials are required to solve various problems such as global environmental problems, energy and resources problems, development of medical technology, and so on. However, simple bulk material has reached its limit to be used for solving these problems. Traditional material development is based on try and error approach. In addition, many kinds of interesting and functional materials have already been synthesized and reported. This is due to lack of vision in developing new materials.

研究の目標 Outcome


We are proposing a new methodology called “systematic material design”. Based on the systematic material design concept, we are developing both novel materials for energy process such as fuel cell and molecular signal stimuli-responsive materials inspired by bio-system. We consider that this approach is suitable for other various material developments.

研究図Research Figure

Fig.1 Capping electrolyte showing high proton conductivity. Fig.2 Super lattice Pt alloy for PEFC catalysts。 Fig.3 Bio-molecule detection using a molecular recognition gating membrane.

文献 / Publications

Chem. Sci., 5, 4878 (2014). RSC Adv., 4 (52), 27510 (2014). J. Mater. Chem. A, 1 (42), 13348 (2013). RSC Adv., 3 (26), 10487 (2013). Anal. Chem., 83(24), 9226 (2011). Plasma Processes. Polym., 11 (4), 306 (2014)