Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

48Tetsuya FujimotoAssociate ProfessorApplied Molecular ChemistryDeveloping novel organocatalysts for highly stereoselective synthesis of organic moleculesDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsOrganic molecules sometimes come in a chiral form with an enantiotopic relationship. I am carrying out research focused primarily on the development of an asymmetrical catalyst to selectively synthesize one side of a chiral molecule. My goal in doing so is to create new catalysts that are highly selective and highly activated, that do not use rare metals, and that can be synthesized simply.Associate Professor Fujimoto rst completed a Shinshu University Graduate School of Engineering research course specializing in the study of functional polymers. His area of research is organic synthetic chemistry, and his work focuses on new methods for organic synthesis and the development of new catalysts.Expected applications include the functionalization of glycerin, a type of biomass, using the asymmetric esterication reaction and the easy supply of optically active alcohol and amine, in addition to the carbon-carbon bond-forming reaction that is important for organic synthesis.Outlook for researchGraduates have gone on to work for manufacturers of low- and high-polymer products and pharmaceuticals.Outlook for students after graduationAn asymmetric esterication solution designed based on atomic principles, and associated reactions. Esterication proceeds by dierentiating between the two symmetrical hydroxyls in the diol.A view of the lab. Numerous reagents, solvents, and glass containers are used to synthesize the target organic compounds, yielding substances whose structure can be conrmed using NMR.NNOPh2PCatalystRROHOHCatalystC6H5COCl, i -Pr2EtNRROCOC6H5OHUp to 94 % eeCathy McNameeAssociate ProfessorApplied Molecular ChemistryApplying colloid and interface chemistry to nano-technological and biological systemsDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsIn my laboratory, we use colloid and interfacial science to study nano-technological and biological systems.Nano-technological applications: We are using interfacial forces to produce a monolayer of nanoparticles at an air-water interface with a controlled packing. Such a monolayer can be used to produce magnetic or semiconductor materials. Our goal is to determine how to create high-quality devices at low cost by determining (1) the effects of the particle material, size, and shape on the physical properties of the monolayer and (2) the forces and factors controlling the structuring and interactions of the particles at the interface.Biological applications: We are researching (1) the physical properties of polysaccharides in order to produce materials that can act as lubricant films in joints and (2) how to control the interactions of lipids in cell membranes with other molecules so as to inhibit their aggregation, which can cause health problems such as metabolic syndrome.Education: B.Sc. (hons), B.A.: University of Queensland, AustraliaD.Sc.: Kyoto University, JapanInternational collaborations:Max Planck Institute for Polymer Science, GermanyResearch Field: Colloid and Interface ScienceI am studying nano-technological and biological systems by using colloid and interfacial physical chemical techniques. My focus is on determining the fundamental properties of these systems and how they can be controlled.Outlook for researchIn our society, people have to think and make decisions on new and unknown topics everyday. In my lab, we are learning how to think and make decisions though our research on new and unknown science.Outlook for students after graduationThe interaction of glucose or insulin with a model biological membrane is determined by using a Langmuir trough and uorescence imaging techniques.A particulate monolayer that has been transferred to a solid substrateParticlesSolid


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