Materials Chemistry for the Conversion of Energy Laboratory (Organic Functional Chemistry Field)

This laboratory currently focuses on projects that include the design and synthesis of functional π-conjugated organic molecules, metal complexes, and polymers for energy harvesting and/or conversion applications. The development of such materials is of substantial importance on account of their potential utility in flexible devices, e.g. thermoelectric generators or thin-film photovoltaic cells. Furthermore, research pursued in this laboratory is concerned with two- and three-dimensional electron-deficient π-systems, in order to develop n-type semiconducting and low-band-gap materials, as well as intercalation compounds and compounds with solid-state luminescence.


Michihisa MURATA, Associate Professor


1997-2001 Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan
Undergraduate research with Professor Koichi Komatsu
2001-2006 Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan
Graduate research with Professor Koichi Komatsu
2006 Dr. Eng. (Kyoto University)
“Organic Synthesis of Endohedral Fullerenes Encapsulating Molecular Hydrogen”


2003-2006 JSPS Research Fellow (DC1)
2006 Frontier Materials Development Laboratories, Kaneka Corporation, Japan
2006-2017 Assistant Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University, Japan
2016- JST PRESTO Researcher (concurrent)
Research Area “Scientific Innovation for Energy Harvesting Technology”
2017- Associate Professor, Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan

Research Interests

  1. Chemistry on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  2. Chemistry on energy conversion materials
  3. Chemistry on metal complexes with pi-conjugated ligands

Academic Societies

The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ)
The Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP)
American Chemical Society (ACS)
The Society of Physical Organic Chemistry, Japan (JPOC)
The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan (SSOCJ)
The Kinki Chemical Society, Japan


2005 The ICR Award for Young Scientists
PACIFICHEM 2005 Student Poster Award
2006 Kyoto University President Award
2008 Inoue Research Award for Young Scientists
2015 ICR Award for Young Scientists
2017 TOSOH Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan

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