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305-0044 1-1 Namiki Tsukuba Ibaraki JAPAN [Access]



eletron microscopy, self-assembly, in-situ imaging, single molecule imaging

It still remains as a challenge to design functions of self-assembled materials in a predictable manner because of the lack of understanding on self-assembly processes at a molecular level. Here we demonstrate new electron microscopic techniques for high-resolution imaging of organic materials based on the chemical design of supporting substrates for specimen molecules. The new analytical approach allowed us to study the time evolution of the structures of individual molecules in the self-assembled structures without significant decomposition under irradiation of an electron beam. Based on the knowledge obtained by the microscopic imaging, we achieved structure control of a variety of functional self-assembled structures ranging from organic particles to bilayer membranes, which were utilized for device and medicinal applications.

PublicationsNIMS affiliated publications since 2004.

Research papers

Society memberships

Fullerenes, Nanotubes and Graphene Research Society, Japan, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan, Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry, The Chemical Society of Japan, The Japanese Society of Microscopy, The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan, The Society of Physical Organic Chemistry, Japan


  • 基礎有機化学会 野副記念奨励賞 (2020)
  • Thieme Chemistry Journals Award (2019)
  • 科学技術分野の文部科学大臣表彰 若手科学者賞 (2019)
  • 日本顕微鏡学会奨励賞 (2019)
  • Chemist Award BCA, MSD Life Science Foundation (2018)
  • 第65回 日本化学会進歩賞 (2016)
  • 第9回 風戸研究奨励賞 (2016)
  • 第25回 井上研究奨励賞 (2009)


  • 科研費 基盤研究(B) (2021)
  • 科研費 新学術領域研究 (2020)
  • 近藤記念財団 研究助成 (2019)
  • 科研費 新学術領域研究 (2019)
  • 科研費 基盤研究(B) (2017)
  • 科研費 新学術領域研究 (2017)
  • 科研費 挑戦的萌芽研究 (2016)
  • JST 先端計測分析技術・機器開発プログラム (2016)
  • 科研費 若手研究(A) (2014)
  • 科研費 挑戦的萌芽研究 (2013)
  • 科研費 新学術領域研究 (2012)
  • 科研費 挑戦的萌芽研究 (2011)
  • 科研費 若手研究(B) (2009)

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