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)


Research 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

A. Tateyama, K. Nagura, M. Yamanaka, T. Nakanishi, “Alkyl–π Functional Molecular Gels: Control of Elastic Modulus and Improvement of Electret Performance”, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.,(2024) in press.

A. Tateyama, T. Nakanishi, “Responsive molecular liquid materials”, Responsive Mater., 1, e20230001 (2023).

X. Zheng, K. Nagura, T. Takaya, K. Hashi, T. Nakanishi, “Quest for a Rational Molecular Design of Alkyl-Distyrylbenzene Liquid by Substitution Pattern Modulation”, Chem. Eur. J.,29, e202203775 (2023).

X. Zheng, R. K. Gupta, T. Nakanishi, “Order from disorder: Directed assembly of alkyl-π functional mollecular liquids”, Curr. Opin. Colloid Interface Sci., 62, 101641 (2022).

Z. Guo, Y. Patil, A. Shinohara, K. Nagura, M. Yoshida, T. Nakanishi, “Organic molecular and polymeric electrets toward soft electronics”, Mol. Syst. Des. Eng., 7, 537-552 (2022).

A. Shinohara, Z. Guo, C. Pan, T. Nakanishi, “Solvent-Free Conjugated Polymer Fluids with Optical Functions”, Org. Mater., 3, 309-320 (2021).

T. Ueki, K. Uto, S. Yamamoto, R. Tamate, Y. Kamiyama, X. Jia, K. Mianami, K. Ariga, H. Noguchi, H. Wang, J. Nakanishi, “Ionic liquid interface as a cell scaffold”, Adv. Mater., 2310105 (2024)

R. Tamate, T. Ueki, “Adaptive ion-gels: Stimuli-resnponsive and self-healing ion gels”, The Chem. Rec., e202300043 (2023).

Y. Kamiyama, R. Tamate, T. Hiroi, S. Samitsu, K. Fujii, T. Ueki, “Highly stretchable and self-healable polymer gels from physical entanglements of ultrahigh molecular weight polymers”, Sci. Adv., 8, 8582-8590 (2022).


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.