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Applied Chemistry Group Exhibition Zone

Applied chemistry research committing to “health” and “beauty”: molecules, materials, and system design
It is everyone‘s dream to lead a healthy life and stay beautiful. To realize this dream, we rely on new technologies in many fields, including medical care, pharmaceutics, cosmetics, and dietary management. In this context, applied chemistry research contributes to a wide range of technological developments at various scales ranging from sub-nanometer-sized single molecules over molecularly assembled materials to larger systems. Exhibits and short presentations covering organic / inorganic, polymer / small molecule chemistry will be given by 6 research groups from the Department of Applied Chemistry. We are looking forward to your visit.
[Short Presentations]
① 10:30-11:00  ② 14:30-14:50  ③ 15:20-15:40  ④ 16:10-16:40
The power of synthetic organic chemistry
- constructing all kinds of molecule
Research Associate OGURA, Akihiro
Department of Applied Chemistry
The power of synthetic organic chemistry has enabled us to obtain valuable molecules such as pharmaceutical drugs and fine chemicals. We are further expanding the scope of the chemistry through total synthesis of complex natural product and creation of array of unprecedented molecules.
Other Fields
The Secrets of Eggshell Assisting Chick Hatching
Associate Professor SAIKAWA, Yoko
Department of Applied Chemistry
Calcium carbonate in avian eggshell is used as a calcium source for bone formation during embryonic development. We found an organic component which enables smooth dissolution of calcium carbonate. Investigation of calcium translocation from eggshell to embryo and the secret of eggshell are at our exhibition booth.
Design and synthesis of bio-based nanoparticles
for cosmetic and pharmaceutical materials
Research Associate FUKUI, Yuuka
Department of Applied Chemistry
Nanoparticles have recently attracted significant interests in the field of pharmaceutics and cosmetics. We have developed bio-derived nanocapsules by utilizing a phospholipid vesicle (liposome) as a template. A variety of naturally occurring materials were coated over the surface of a liposome to create various functions including the mechanical robustness and the controlled release of substances.
Society & Environment
Functional Materials for Chemical Sensors and Biosensors Targeting Healthcare and Environmental Applications
Professor CITTERIO, Daniel
Professor SUZUKI, Koji
Department of Applied Chemistry
Our laboratory works on the development of sensitive chemical sensors and biosensors for environmental and biomedical applications. Topics presented include the development of functional fluorescent dyes, luminescent probes and functional nanomaterials for medical and environmental sensing applications.
Self-organization Phenomena
Leading New Cosmetic Science
Professor ASAKURA, Kouichi
Department of Applied Chemistry
Cosmetics are frequently been in far-from-equilibrium conditions in which self-organized spatial patterns are formed during and after the processes of their application. These phenomena sometimes exhibit significant influences on the properties of cosmetics. Typical examples are found in the UV protection efficacies of sunscreens and their evaluation methods.
Droplet-Type Microrobots Exhibiting Chemotactic Motion
Research Associate BANNO, Taisuke
Department of Applied Chemistry
In far-from-equilibrium conditions, micrometer-sized droplets in emulsion system composed of water, oil, and surfactant exhibit self-propelled motion. Because their propelling mode and direction can be controlled by the compositions and chemical reactions, they have potential applications as carriers and probes for exploring environmental or biological systems in very small space.