Toshikatsu TAKANAMI, Ph.D., Professor
Satoshi HAYASHI, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Research interests in our group cover several areas of organic and physical-organic chemistry. Graduate and undergraduate students in our group are exposed to a broad range of topics including synthetic organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, electro chemistry, and supramolecular chemistry. The subject areas are briefly summarized as follows:
1. The discovery of new functions of porphyrins and metalloporphyrins: Of particular interest is the development of novel utilization of these complexes as catalysts for the synthetically useful transformations of organic molecules. This work has allowed the catalytic rearrangement of small ring compounds such as epoxides and oxaziridines with high regio- and stereoselectivity.
2. The application of molecular recognition principles to synthetic organic chemistry: This work emphasizes the development of new methods for controlling the reactivity of various organic substrates or functionalities through non-covalent interactions.
3. The development of chirality-sensing supramolecular systems: Chirality is one of the most fundamental issues of modern molecular science and is directly related to the functioning of living organisms. One of the most common aims of this study is the rational design of a receptor for a specific guest that allows chiral information to be transferred and subsequently “read-out”.
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