Laboratory of Functional Soft Matter
- 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*nims.go.jp(Please replace*with @ when sending e-mail.)
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., in press (2023), doi:10.1002/chem.202203775.
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).
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. 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).
R. Tamate, T. Ueki “Adaptive ion-gels: Stimuli-resnponsive and self-healing ion gels”, The Chem. Rec., (2023) in press.
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.