Introduction of Teachers

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Daisuke Kawaguchi Ph.D. in Engineering (Kyushu University) WEB1 WEB2 Research: The objective of my research is to understand the relation among structure, molecular motion and functions at interfaces of organic molecular devices from the viewpoint of polymer science.
Message: I am glad to be engaged in education and research in the leading program which is designed to produce global leaders. Let’s produce some new paradigms with us under the characteristic program in which students having different majors make researches cooperating and interacting with each other.
Kentaro Ishizuka Ph.D. in Science (Kyushu University) WEB Research: My field of study is organic chemistry, especially synthetic organic chemistry and asymmetric synthesis. I am interested in the development of a novel and useful synthetic reaction, methodology and catalysis. Now I study about “palladium-catalyzed nucleophilic substitution of benzylic substrates” and “asymmetric hydrogenation of aromatic compounds”.
Message: My favorite motto is “One who only knows it is no match for one who likes it. One who only likes it is no match for one who enjoys it.” It is very important for me that the students in this course enjoy learning and enjoy studying.
Joseph Ka Ho Hui Ph.D. in Science (Kyushu University) WEB Research: I completed my Ph.D. degree in November, 2010 under the supervision of Professor Mark MacLachlan at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). The research theme of my Ph.D. study was “Construction of Nanofibers from Supramolecular Self-assembly of Schiff-base Macrocycles and Metal Salphen Complexes”.I came to Japan through the “JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers” program soon after I received my Ph.D. degree and joined Professor Nobuo Kimizuka’s group. My post-doc research was on the synthesis of a series of ionic mixed valence ruthenium complexes in which their supramolecular morphologies could be regulated by ammonium counterions and solvent effect. In addition, I have also prepared a series of one-dimensional polymeric zinc porphyrin complexes with various linear, polar bridging ligands that was found to exhibit ferroelectric behaviors.
Message: I am confident that the bright future of Japan is in the hands of the younger generation and my job is to help students develop into independent, skillful and professional scientists with a positive mindset. If I have to summarize my teaching philosophy in one statement, it would be: Encourage students to be the master of their own project/research by rendering enormous freedom, respect and support.
Hironobu Ozawa Ph.D. in Science (Kyushu University) WEB Research: My current research interest focuses on the development of the light-to-energy conversion system based on coordination compounds. One of the targets is to achieve the catalysis system, which can produce useful compounds using the solar energy, made up of hybrid materials of photo-functional coordination compounds and metal-oxide semiconductors.
Message: After I got my Ph. D. degree at Kyushu University, postdoctoral researches were carried out at Institute for Molecular Science and Montreal University. And then, I moved to Tokyo University of Science as an assistant professor. I’m very happy to return Kyushu University as an educational staff of this program. I will do my best to support students of this program to be global leaders of various areas.
Pangpang Wang Ph.D. in Engineering (The University of Tokushima, Japan) / Ph.D. in Science (Xi’an Jiaotong University, PRC) Research: My research focuses on low-dimensional nanostructure materials, such as nanoparticle (0D), nanowire (1D) and thin film (2D). Low-dimensional nanomaterials have novel physical and chemical properties which different from their parent bulk materials. “
Message: The Leading Program is a good chance for all students who did their best efforts in the examination. Congratulations! You are the Best. As a staff, it is also a big challenge for me to work with such excellent students. I have to improve myself and try my best to assist students to complete the five years study.
Takeshi Komino Ph.D. in Science (The University of Tokyo) Research: My research interests are on kinetics/thermodynamics in the formation of molecular orientational orders in organic thin films and their applications to organic electronics. With the wide variety of molecular orientations and their controllability, I aim at the improvement of device performances consisting of molecular assemblies.
Message: While we may differ in what we are aiming for, we can share the issues of functions, integrations, physics, and devices in molecular assemblies. Leader is as leader does, and you take the first move with the issues that we can share. I will be happy if I can support your growing up to be a leader in each field, through studying together.
Wataru Nomura Ph.D. in Engineering (The University of Tokyo) Research: My research interest is on a nanometric photonics which is called nanophotonics, especially focused on the unique photoexcitation process and photochemical reaction. It is not just a miniaturization of conventional optical technologies but provides various novel applications depending on our ideas, such as information processing devices, fabrication, energy, security and so on.
Message: I joined this program in April 2015. My academic background is in physical and electrical engineering. I am glad when the students are motivated or interested through the discussions and mentorships with my point of view. Also I hope more students in Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering to join this leading program.
Takaaki Miyazaki, Ph.D. in Science (Kyushu University) Research:
Organic π-electron system molecules exhibit many properties due to their electronic structures. My research is to create new organic π-electron system molecules showing interesting properties by design of molecule, synthesis, and measurement.
This program is a good opportunity for students to expand their view. I hope the students to take advantage of the great opportunity, and I will do my best to support them.
Yuta Tsuji, Ph.D. in Engineering (Kyushu University)
I have investigated the electronic properties of π-conjugated molecules by using computer simulation. Especially, I have been very interested in the electron transport through molecules. During my postdoctoral work at Cornell in the U.S., I started to study metal complexes and inorganic solids. Recently, I have been intrigued by electride materials, where electrons work as anions.
My major field is theoretical chemistry and computational chemistry. So I would like to provide the students a new perspective of theory and computation for molecular systems. I hope the students broaden their horizons and become a world-class researcher.