Creation of New Photofunctional Materials Based on Cooperative Effects


Our research attempts to create highly functional and high-performance materials based on polymers, liquid crystals and light. Using liquid-crystalline polymers and block copolymers, we try to control microscopic structures at the molecular level and improve macroscopic properties of materials. The main target of our project is to create light energy conversion materials such as photovoltaic and photomobile materials.



News

2017.  9.13 Haruna Tsunoda received the Best Poster Award (Wakaba Award) at Japanese Liquid Crystal Conference 2017.
2017.  9.13 Assoc. Prof. Ube gave a Young Researcher Award lecture at Japanese Liquid Crystal Conference 2017.
2017.  9.12 Shota Sasaki received the Best Poster Award at Young Researchers Symposium on Photosynergetics.
2017.  9.  6 Prof. Duncan Bruce (The University of York, UK) visited us. (Photo)
2017.  8.  4 Dr. Toru Ube and Dr. Hiroaki Ozawa are promoted to Associate Professors.
2017.  7.24-26 21th International Symposium on Advanced Display Materials and Devices (ADMD 2017) was held in Nagoya, Japan. Shota Sasaki, Naoto Yanahashi and Haruna Tsunoda gave poster presentations at ADMD 2017, and Shota Sasaki received the Best Poster Award. (Photo)
2017.  5.29 Dr. Ube gave an invited talk at 66th SPSJ annual meeting.
2017.  4.21 Dr. Ube received Young Researcher Award of the Japanese Liquid Crystal Society.
2017.  4.  1 Dr. Ozawa joined our lab.
2017.  4.  1 Warm welcome to our new group members: Shunya Ogikubo, Romu Nakayama, Masaya Matsushita and Takuya Yoda. (Photo)
2017.  3.27 Citation of an original paper published in Nature exceeded 1,000 times.
2017.  3.24 Graduation ceremony. (Photo)
2016.12.15 Shota Sasaki received Poster Presentation Award at 6th CSJ Chemistry Festa 2016.
2016.10.19-21 20th International Symposium on Advanced Display Materials and Devices (ADMD 2016) was held in Shanghai, China. Kazuma Kojima, Gaku Hashimoto, Shota Sasaki and Naoto Yanahashi gave poster presentations at ADMD 2016, and Gaku Hashimoto received the Best Poster Award. (Photo)
2016.  6.20 Takaya Suzuki received "Dean Award" and won its scholarship. (Photo)
2016.  5.27 Seminar by Prof. Lei Jiang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Academician).
2016.  5.13 Dr. Ube received CSJ Presentation Award at the 96th CSJ Annual Meeting.
2016.  4.  1 Warm welcome to our new group members: Takaya Suzuki, Haruna Tsunoda, Ryota Misawa and Ken Minagawa. (Photo)
2016.  3.24 Graduation ceremony.(Photo) Shota Sasaki and Takahito Kosaka played a valedictory role on behalf of the graduating students of Department of Applied Chemistry and Graduate School of Applied Chemistry, respectively.
2016.  3.17 Mr. Yasuyuki Demachi (alumnus of Ikeda Lab at Tokyo Institute of Technology) visited our lab. (Photo)
2016.  3. 3 Seminar by Dr. Ken Yoshimura (Sumitomo Chemical Co., Japan).
2015.10.22-25 19th International Symposium on Advanced Display Materials and Devices (ADMD 2015) was held in Geongju, Korea. Kyohei Kawasaki, Takahito Kosaka, Kazuma Nojima and Gaku Hashimoto gave poster presentations at ADMD2015, and Kawasaki received Poster Presentation Award.
2015.10.  2-7 8th International Liquid Crystal Elastomer Conference (ILCEC 2015) was held in Erice, Italy. Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk.
2015.  7.27 Shota Sasaki (B4) was selected as a scholarship student of Yoshida Scholarship Foundation.
2015.  6.22 Shota Sasaki received "President Award" and Naoto Yanahashi received "Dean Award". They won each scholarship. (Photo)
2015.  4.18-22 Prof. Ikeda gave a plenary talk at Symposium on Liquid Crystal Photonics (SLCP 2015) held in Shenzhen, China.
2015.  4.  1 Warm welcome to our new group members: Shota Sasaki and Naoto Yanahashi. (Photo)
2015.  3.24 Graduation ceremony. (Photo)
2015.  1.21 Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at the 2nd Asian Conference on Liquid Crystals (ACLC 2015).
2014.11.11 Prof. Ikeda becomes a Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC), UK.
2014.  9.18 Citation of an original paper published in Science exceeded 1,000 times.
2014.  9.12 Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at Advances in Liquid Crystal Science (ALCS2014).
2014.  9.5 Prof. Ikeda gave a lecture at Muroran Institute of Technology.
2014.  8.17-21 SPIE Liquid Crystals XVIII (SPIE Optics + Photonics) was held in San Diego, California, USA. Prof. Katayama gave an invited talk.
2014.  7.23-25 18th International Symposium on Advanced Display Materials and Devices (ADMD2014) was held in Sendai, Miyagi. Masahiro Kaneko, Kiyohide Takado, Kyohei Kawasaki and Takahito Kosaka gave poster presentations at ADMD2014, and Takado received Poster Presentation Award.
2014.  7.17 Prof. Ikeda and Dr. Ube wrote a News&View article in Nature.
2014.  7.  6-9 Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at the 7th Italian–Japanese Workshop on Liquid Crystals held in Ravenna, Italy. (Circular, HP)
2014.  6.23 Gaku Hashimoto and Kazuma Nojima received "Dean Award" and won its scholarship. (Photo)
2014.  4.18 Prof. Ikeda gave a seminar on photomobile polymer materials at Institute for Molecular Science (The 859th IMS colloquium).
2014.  4.  1 Warm welcome to our new group members: Kazuma Nojima and Gaku Hashimoto. (Photo)
2014.  3.24 Graduation ceremony. (Photo)
2014.  3.19 Celebration party for graduation with Dr. Isa Nishiyama of DIC. (Photo)
2014.  2.10 Discussions and party with R&D staffs of Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (Drs. Hideyuki Ikehira, Jun Oguma and Osamu Goto).
2014.  1.27 An article on photomobile polymer materials is reported in the Graphic Science Magazine 'Newton'.
2013.12.20 Dr. Ube gave an invited talk at the Young Scientists Forum of Polymer · Hybrid Materials Research Center, Tohoku University.
2013.12.  7 Prof. Ikeda gave a lecture on photomobile polymer materials at Bunkyo-Ward Science College for children.
2013.11.25 Prof. Ikeda gave a plenary talk at the 9th Korea–Japan Symposium on Frontier Photoscience – 2013 (KJFP2013) held in Seoul, Korea.
2013.  9.30 Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at the Optics of Liquid Crystals 2013 (OLC 2013) held in Hawaii, US.
2013.  9.23 Prof. Ikeda gave a plenary talk at the International Symposium on Photochromism 2013 (ISOP 2013) held in Berlin, Germany.
2013.  9.10 Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at the 7th International Liquid Crystalline Elastomer Conference 2013 (ILCEC7) held in Shanghai, China.
2013.  7.  9 Lecture by Mr. Hideki Niino (Former President, Permachem Asia). (Photo)
2013.  6.27 Kiyohide Takado gave a poster presentation at ADMD2013. (Photo)
2013.  6.27-28 17th International Symposium on Advanced Display Materials and Devices (ADMD2013) was held in Shanghai, China. Prof. Katayama gave an invited talk.
2013.  6.19 Prof. Ikeda will gave an invited talk at the European Polymer Congress (EPF 2013) held in Pisa, Italy. (Photo)
2013.  6.13 Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at the 11th Mediterranean Workshop and Topical Meeting "Novel Optical Materials and Applications" (NOMA 2013) held in Cetraro, Italy.
2013.  4.20 Prof. Ikeda gave a plenary talk at the Symposium on Liquid Crystal Photonics (SLCP 2013) held in Chengdu, China. There was a big earthquake.
2013.  4.  9 Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at American Chemical Society (ACS) Meeting (USA).
2013.  4.  1 Warm welcome to our new group members: Kyohei Kawasaki and Takahito Kosaka. (Photo)
2013.  3.24 Graduation ceremony. (Photo)
2013.  3.22 Cherry blossom viewing (Hanami) at Rekisen Park. (Photo)
2013.  3.18 Seminar by Dr. Isa Nishiyama (DIC, Japan). (Photo)
2012.12.19 Prof. Huai Yang (Peking University, China), Prof. Yanlei Yu (Fudan University, China), and Dr. Masuki Kawamoto (RIKEN, Japan) visited our lab. (Photo)
2012.12.15 Prof. Peter Palffy-Muhoray (Kent State University, USA) visited our lab. (Photo)
2012.12.13 Dr. Haruyoshi Takatsu (DIC, Japan) visited our lab. (Photo)
2012.11.  8 Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at ACP2012 (China).
2012.  8.24 Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at ILCC2012 (Germany).
2012.  8.  2 A party for the end of semester with Haga lab. (Photo)
2012.  7.27 Kiyohide Takado (B4) was selected as a scholarship student of Yoshida Scholarship Foundation.
2012.  7.25-27 6th Japanese–Italian Workshop on Liquid Crystals. (Photo)
2012.  6.28-29 International Symposium on Advanced Display Materials and Devices (ADMD2012). (Photo)
2012.  5.25 Prof. Lachezar Komitov (Gothenburg University, Sweden) visited our lab. (Photo)
2012.  5.24 Prof. Zhengguo Cai (Donghua University, China) visited our lab. (Photo)
2012.  4.  1 Warm welcome to our new group members: Masahiro Kaneko and Kiyohide Takado. (Photo)
2012.  3.24 Hiroto Okazaki and Nana Takayanagi graduated. (Photo)
2011.10.13 Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at IMID2011 (Korea).
2011.  9.20 Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at OLC2011 (Armenia).
2011.  9.  6 Prof. Ikeda gave a keynote talk at ILCEC (Portugal).
2011.  8.25
Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at SPIE Optics + Photonics (USA).
2011.  6.30 Prof. Ikeda gave a plenary talk at ADMD 2011 (Japan).
2011.  4.18
Prof. Ikeda gave an invited talk at HPRG 51st Meeting (UK).
2011.  4.  1
We started a new laboratory.



Publicity

Light-driven Plastic Motor

Graphic Science Magazine "Newton"
Shoko Journal
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[Contacts]
Research and Development Initiative, Chuo University
1-13-27 Kasuga, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8551, Japan
Prof. Tomiki Ikeda   Tel: +81-3-3817-1631; Fax: +81-3-3817-1631; e-mail: tikeda _at_ tamacc.chuo-u.ac.jp
Dr. Toru Ube   Tel: +81-3-3817-7361; e-mail: ube _at_ tamacc.chuo-u.ac.jp    (convert "_at_" to @)