Laboratory of Functional Soft Matter

Soft Matter & Materials, Functional Molecules & Polymer
Research Theme
Development of novel energy conversion soft material systems / Stimuli-responsive, molecular and polymer materials based on molecular softness
Research Keywords

molecular liquid, ionic liquid, polymer gel, block copolymer, stimuli-responsive materials, optoelectronic function, self-assembly, dynamic biomimetics, sensor, actuator


Overview of Research and Education

Research Contents: Target of our research is to develop novel optoelectronically functional liquid as well as self-regulatable smart soft gel materials based on the design for low molecular weight pi-conjugated unit, ionic liquid, and block copolymer building blocks. Accompanying with gaining insight into physicochemical property/structure/function for these soft matter, we develop highly functional energy conversion/stimuli-responsive materials (i.e. sensor, actuator, synthetic cellular matrix) which can be potentially utilized for advanced stretchable electronics, robotics, and biomedical applications.

Laboratory of Functional Soft Matter (pdf)


  • Charge (GS):
    Graduate School of Life Science, Division of Soft Matter, Functional Soft Matter (Inter-field Cooperation with NIMS)


International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA)
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba
NAKANISHI.Takashi* replace*with @ when sending e-mail.)

Representative Publications

T. Machida, T. Nakanishi, “Alkyl-π functional molecular liquids towards soft electronics”, J. Mater. Chem. C, 9, 10661-10667 (2021).

Z. Guo, A. Shinohara, C. Pan, F. J. Stadler, Z. Liu, Z.-C. Yan, J. Zhao, L. Wang, T. Nakanishi, “Consistent red luminescence in π-conjugated polymers with tuneable elastic moduli over five orders of magnitude”, Mater. Horiz., 7, 1421-1426 (2020).

A. Ghosh, M. Yoshida, K. Suemori, H. Isago, N. Kobayashi, Y. Mizutani, Y. Kurashige, I. Kawamura, M. Nirei, O. Yamamuro, T. Takaya, K. Iwata, A. Saeki, K. Nagura, S. Ishihara, T. Nakanishi, “Soft chromophore featured liquid porphyrins and their utilization toward liquid electret applications”, Nature Commun., 10, 4210 (2019).

A. Shinohara, C. Pan, Z. Guo, L. Zhou, Z. Liu, L. Du, Z. Yan, F. J. Stadler, L. Wang, T. Nakanishi, “Viscoelastic Conjugated Polymer Fluids”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 58, 9581-9585 (2019).

F. Lu, K. Jang, I. Osica, K. Hagiwara, M. Yoshizawa, M. Ishii, Y. Chino, K. Ohta, K. Ludwichowska, K. J. Kurzydlowski, S. Ishihara, T. Nakanishi, “Supercooling of functional alkyl-π molecular liquids”, Chem. Sci., 9, 6774-6778 (2018).

J. Hollamby, M. Karmy, P. H. H. Bomans, N. A. J. M. Sommerdjik, A. Saeki, S. Seki, H. Minamikawa, I. Grillo, B. R. Pauw, P. Brown, J. Eastoe, H. Möhwald, T. Nakanishi, “Directed assembly of optoelectronically active alkyl-π-conjugated molecules by adding n-alkanes or π-conjugated spacies”, Nature Chem., 6, 690-696 (2014).

T. Yoshizawa, M. Onoda, T. Ueki, R. Tamate, A. M. Akimoto, R. Yoshida, “Fabrication of self-oscillating micelles with a built-in oxidizing agent”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 59, 3871-3875 (2020).

M. Onoda, T. Ueki, R. Tamate, M. Shibayama, R. Yoshida, “Amoeba-like self-oscillating polymeric fluids with autonomous sol-gel transition“, Nature Commun., 8, 15862 (2017).


NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship
NIMS offers the NIMS Graduate Research Assistantship to doctoral students who aspire to a career as researchers in materials science. The assistantship carries a monthly stipend to assist academically deserving students in fulfilling their academic goals.