This Lab was formed in 1996 when Prof. Ko-Ki Kunimoto moved to Faculty of Engineering from Department of Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts. Today, our lab belongs to School of Chemistry, College of Science and Engineering. In 2008 Assistant Prof. Mitsuhiro Suda joined us, and Associate Prof. Mitsunori Honda was assigned in the next year.
Our research group is focused on the design, synthesis, and characterization of advanced organic materials. We utilize the tools of organic chemistry to create small molecules and macromolecules with interesting properties and functions. A major goal of ours is to elucidate the intra and intermolecular interactions in biomimetic systems in order to design and develop functionalized organic molecules and macromolecules. In particular, polymorphism of organic crystals, substrate and stereo specificities of enzyme reactions, and design of molecular imprinting polymers are current research topics.
Our work is highly interdisciplinary, Consequently students are exposed to wide variety of equipment and characterization techniques. This includes a large amount of synthesis with common techniques like MS spectrometry, NMR, UV-vis, IR and Raman spectroscopies. Molecular modeling is also used not only for predicting and designing properties of materials, but for simulating the spectroscopic data.
Our laboratory is located in the Kakuma Campus, on the outskirts of Kanazawa City. It takes only 10 minutes drive from a national heritage, Kenrokuen Park. Kamuma area is blessed with a huge evergreen open space and limpid streams.
Every morning we can hear wild birds singing by the window of the office.
Come and visit our laboratory and have a talk!!
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