Ishitani/Maeda Laboratory

Laboratory Introduction

Professor Ishitani

Associate professor Maeda

Assistant professor Tamaki

Assistant professor Takeda

Assistant professor Kumagai

Laboratory name Ishitani/Maeda Laboratory
Staff Professor Osamu Ishitani
(Green Hills Bldg.1, room 701/E-MAIL:ishitani@chem.)
Associate professor Kazuhiko Maeda
(Green Hills Bldg.1, room 702/E-MAIL:maedak@chem.)
Assistant professor Yusuke Tamaki
(Green Hills Bldg.1 room 703/E-MAIL:tamaki@chem.)
Assistant professor Hiroyuki Takeda
(Green Hills Bldg.1 room 703/E-MAIL:takedah@chem.)
Assistant professor Hiromu Kumagai
(Green Hills Bldg.1 room 703/E-MAIL:kumagai@chem.)

*Please put titech.ac.jp on the E-MAIL.

Research Content

Our ultimate goal is to create systems and concepts for making good use of light energy. The 21st century is recognized as "the photon age", whereas the basic studies, such as photochemistry and photomaterial chemistry, have not developed sufficiently.

For conquering forthcoming serious problems (global warming caused by increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, energy crisis owing to the drain of fossil fuels, etc.), utilization of light energy can be an ideal solution to the problems. However, use of solar energy by artificial systems is still in the initial stage. Additionally, only a little is known for expression of photo-functions, although functional molecular elements should be driven by photons instead of electrons.

We are trying to solve these problems from viewpoint of experimental chemistry. To be concrete, we are attempting (1) creation of photocatalytic metal complexes for transforming solar energy to chemical energy, (2) artificial systems expressing the similar function to photosynthesis of plants, and (3) establishment of strategy and synthetic methods for metal complexes controlling the transfer of photon or electrons. It is also important purpose to (4) add new knowledge into the obscure field of photoreaction chemistry of organometallic compounds. In the course of these studies, we always intend to construct unrevealed compounds, methodology, and concepts.


Atmosphere of Laboratory

Our laboratory has started since 2002 in this department. In order to develop the new chemistry, all the group members intend new compounds and functions, and of course, enjoy the chemistry. In addition to the research, we make efforts to improve our knowledge and ability of presentation by regular discussion (group meeting etc.) and attendance of national and international conferences.

Our group is now composed of 14 members, and all the members have various backgrounds, that is, graduation from different university, extensive interests or scientific fields. So, we are willing to accept foreign students and researchers as well.

Parties are often held and laboratory trips are taken every year for promoting friendship in the laboratory.