Takata Laboratory

Prof. Toshikazu Takata

Supramolecular and macromolecular chemistries are the fields studied in Takata Lab. In particular, current interests in Takata laboratory are syntheses and applications of interlocked molecules such as rotaxanes, catenanes and their polymers, artificial helical molecules, high performance polymers, environmentally compatible materials, and so on.

1. Rotaxane and Catenane

Molecular devices such as molecular switch and molecular motor and materials such polymer and polymer network are developed by utilizing the characteristics of rotaxane and catenane.

2. Artificial Helix

Synthesis of artificial helix is studied by using motifs of DNA and protein with emphasis on synthesis of helical molecules constructed a priori and application of helix molecules to separation materials, asymmetric catalysts, photonic and electronic materials and so on.

3. Environment-Compatible Materials

Earth-friendly materials such as super engineering plastics, sulfur-containing high performance polymers and compounds including materials suitable to aerospace use are the current target materials in Takata laboratory.  In addition to them, development of novel optoelectronic and electronic materials is also interesting to be studied.  A few materials are commercially manufacturing now in 2000 ton/y among those developed in Takata laboratory.