NAKANISHI TakashiVisiting Professor

Laboratory of Functional Soft Matter
Research Theme
Development of novel functional molecular & 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

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 π-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.


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


Let’s develop novel soft-materials based on functional molecules.
Those materials would support our life, in particular, be useful in healtcare applications.

Representative Publications

  1. A. Tateyama, K. Nagura, M. Yamamichi, T. Nakanishi, “Alkyl–π Functional Molecular Gels: Control of Elastic Modulus and Improvement of Electret Performance”, Angew. Chem. End. Ed., (2024) in press.
  2. R. K. Gupta, M. Yoshida, A. Saeki, Z. Guo, T. Nakanishi, “Alkyl-C60 liquid electrets as deformable mechanoelectric generators”, Mater. Horiz., 10, 3458-3466 (2023).
  3. A. Shinohara, M. Yoshida, C. Pan, T. Nakanishi, “Stretchable π-conjugated polymer electrets for mechanoelectric generators”, Polym. J., 55, 529-535 (2023).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. F. Lu, E. A. Neal, T. Nakanishi, “Self-Assembled and Nonassembled Alkylated-Fullerene Materials”, Acc. Chem. Res., 52, 1834-1843 (2019).
  7. 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).
  8. S. Babu, M. J. Hollamby, J. Aimi, H. Ozawa, A. Saeki, S. Seki, K. Kobayashi, K. Hagiwara, M. Yoshizawa, H. Möhwald, T. Nakanishi, “Nonvolatile liquid anthracenes for facile full-colour luminescence tuning at single blue-light excitation”, Nature Commun., 4, 1969 (2013).


  • National Institute for Materials Science, Research Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, Frontier Molecules Group