Photofunctional Materials Synthesis Group

Developments of high-performance photo functions created by novel organic molecules

Group Leader
Taniyuki Furuyama
Fields of Specialty
physical organic chemistry, element chemistry, color materials engineering
organic synthesis, organic functional materials, photocatalytic reactions, near-infrared light, phthalocyanine

Most organisms have evolved to detect visible light, the most energy-dense wavelength in sunlight. Visible light materials are of great interest due to their vivid colors. Conversely, "near-infrared (NIR) light," with a slightly different wavelength, is imperceptible to the human eye. Recently, NIR light has been recognized for its utility and high demand and is expected to contribute significantly to energy, environmental, and medical sciences.

Our group primarily focuses on developing novel high-performance materials that interact strongly with NIR light. Our research is centered on synthetic organic chemistry, which combines element chemistry, structural chemistry, and dye chemistry. Novel synthetic methodologies and structures can provide proposals to achieve specific research goals. Recently, we have also been interested in developing innovative organic molecule transformations using developed materials as catalysts.

The most significant advantage of the diversity of organic molecules is that they can be tailored to meet specific requirements. Our group can translate the problems encountered by scientists and industry into specific molecular structures through collaborations in various fields. We hope that the borderless possibilities offered by our unique molecules serve as a nexus for expanding novel theories and technologies.