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Introduction of our tenure-track faculties

Ichikawa Takahiro

Affiliation Organization for Promotion of Tenure-track System / Institute of Engineering
Division Division of Biotechnology and Life Science
Research field Organic Material Chemistry
Keyword(S) bicontinuous cubic liquid crystal, gyroid minimal surface, lyotropic liquid crystal, ionic liquid
Url http://web.tuat.ac.jp/~ichikawa/index.html
Research experience

・2008: Research Fellowship for Young Scientists (DC1)
・2010: Assistant Professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
・2014.10-present: JST PRESTO Researcher
・2015. 6-present: Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Educational background

・2006. 3: B.S. The University of Tokyo
・2008. 3: M.S. The University of Tokyo

Awards
Selected papers and publications

・T. Ichikawa, M. Yoshio, A. Hamasaki, T. Mukai, H. Ohno, T. Kato, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 129, 10662 (2007).
・T. Ichikawa, M. Yoshio, A. Hamasaki, J. Kagimoto, H. Ohno, T. Kato, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 2163 (2011).
・T. Ichikawa, M. Yoshio, S. Taguchi, J. Kagimoto, H. Ohno, T. Kato, Chem. Sci., 3, 2001-2008 (2012).
・T. Ichikawa, M. Yoshio, A. Hamasaki, S. Taguchi, F. Liu, X.-b. Zeng, G. Ungar, H. Ohno, T. Kato, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134, 2634 (2012).
・T. Ichikawa, T. Kato, H. Ohno, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 134, 11354 (2012).
・T. Ichikawa, K. Fujimura, M. Yoshio, T. Kato, H. Ohno, Chem. Commun., 49, 11746 (2013).

Research Description

Self-organization of liquid crystals provides well-ordered and highly-defined nanostructures, and therefore they have attracted increasing attention in the field of the development of next-generation soft materials.
Among various liquid-crystalline materials, we have focused on bicontinuous cubic liquid crystals with expecting their three-dimensionally continuous nanostructures. Bicontinuous cubic structures are composed of three-dimensionally interwoven nanochannel domains and a surrounding sheath domain. Owing to their continuous structures, their application for nanostructured materials are now strongly expected.
Here we list our recent researches on the application of bicontinuous cubic liquid crystals.


1) Development of Bicontinuous Cubic Liquid Crystals by Using Ionic Liquids as
  Building Block
2) Creation of 3D Continuous Proton Conduction Surface
3) Application of Bicontinuous Cubic Liquid Crystals for Function Fields for
  Guest Molecules

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About TUAT's tenure-track program

Owing to start-up fund, I could introduce some important systems, equipment and machines, that are necessary for my research. In addition, various fruitful supports from the university, it will be possible to secure sufficient time for research. Using this great opportunity, I want to accelerate and expand my research.

Future aspirations

In the past days, I have focused on the construction of new materials with high originality. Fortunately, I have succeeded in developing nanostructured materials having gyroid structures. A model of gyroid structure is shown in left figure. In the future, I am going to expand my research fields using my materials as "tool" with incorporating various research insights.