Prof. Tsuyoshi MINAMI (IIS, Tokyo) - Friday Sept 15th - 10:00 - Bw403

Prof. Tsuyoshi MINAMI

IIS, The University of Tokyo



Applied Supramolecular Chemistry: Exploratory Research Toward Practical Applications in Molecular Sensors.

My group is interested in“applied”supramolecular chemistry.While previous work in the field of supramolecular chemistry centered mostly on fundamental research, current developments suggest such chemistry to be well poised to make significant contributions to various research fields. In particular, supramolecular sensors for biologically important species or pollutants are some of the most promising applications of molecular recogni- tion materials. To be harnessed for rigorous analytical assignments, my research centers on molecular design and synthesis of materials as well as fabrication of devices.

1. Chemical Sensors based on Organic Thin Film Transistors Functionalized with Molecular Recognition Materials: In the realm of electronics, organic thin-film transistors (OTFTs) are some of the most interesting devices owing to their flexibility, solution-processability and ultra-small thickness. Recently, interest in OTFTs and their advan- tages have extended beyond rollable information displays to sensor applications. OTFT-based physical sensors are being researched extensively, while chemical sensors are still in their early stages. In that regard, we are developing OTFT-based chemical sensors functionalized with supramolecular artificial receptors.

2. High-throughput Analysis based on Supramolecular Sensor Arrays: A significant amount of attention is being
devoted to the development of supramolecular sensor arrays, owing to their capability to 
recognize a number of analytes with high classification accuracy. With that in mind, we especially focus on simultaneous analysis of multi-analytes in biological fluids or environ- mental water. This can contribute to develop high-throughput analysis in the field of phar- macy, medicine and environment investigation.

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