Seeking for New Molecular Architectures

Working in the field of “Physical Organic Chemistry”, we wish to find new connections between physics and chemistry in the language of molecules. With design and synthesis of molecules as our firm bases, we explore interdisciplinary fields such as nanoscience and materials science. Please have a look at our molecules.

新しい分子の姿を求め

「物理有機化学」が私たちの研究分野です.ここで「分子のことば」で物理と化学のつながりを探求しています.分子の設計・合成を基盤に,ナノ科学や材料科学との境界領域分野を開拓しようとしているものです.では,まずは私たちの分子をお楽しみください.

The group started the journey on May 1, 2007.

Selected Molecules

“What can we learn about nanocarbons/carbonaceous materials from aromatic molecules?” 
This is one typical question that we tackle with our molecules that mimic structures of nanocarbons. Our molecules give discrete structures and shapes to nanocarbons that are intrinsically produced as chemical species (a mixture) by physical methods. The chemistry of aromatic molecules dates back centuries to Faraday’s distillation and Kekulé’s dream and and has played an important role to form fundamental bases of our modern chemistry. “Nanocarbon molecules” are novel “aromatic molecules” that possess intriguing features such as curved π-systems and beautiful symmetry. Their chemistry is also rooted in classic aromatic chemistry but is clarifying new features that is of interest in relevant fields like materials science and molecular physics.

「ナノカーボン」「カーボン材料」について「芳香族分子」から理解できることはなんだろう.
これは,私たちが独自の「ナノカーボン分子」で探っている問いの一つです.物理的には「化学種(混合物)」として製造されているナノカーボンに,私たちの分子は明確な構造と形を与えようとしています.基盤をなす芳香族分子化学は,ファラデーによるベンゼンの発見,ケクレのベンゼン構造提唱にまで遡る有機化学の中心を担ってきたものです.新しい「ナノカーボン分子」は,立体的で曲がった構造などの新奇性と高い対称性という美しさを兼ね備えた「新しい芳香族分子」として,材料科学や分子物性において興味深い物性・特性を解き明かしはじめています.

A History

Physical Organic Chemistry, Univ. of Tokyo
1965-1988 Michinori OKI
1988-1995 Hiizu IWAMURA
1995-2016 Eiichi NAKAMURA
2016-Present Hiroyuki ISOBE

Organic Chemistry II, Tohoku Univ.
1926-1933 Hiroshi NOMURA
1933-1963 Shinichiro FUJISE
1963-1969 Koji NAKANISHI
1969-1995 Hideki SAKURAI
1995-2007 Mitsuo KIRA
2007-2016 Hiroyuki ISOBE