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The 22nd Tokyo Tech Challenging Research Awards went to ten researchers each of whom will receive a research grant. The Suematsu Challenging Research Award was given to the three highest qualified researchers among the Challenging Research Award winners. The award ceremony was held on August 31.
The grant was established with the aim of encouraging young faculty members at the Institute to engage in challenging research. It recognizes creative, up-and-coming researchers who boldly pursue the promotion of the most advanced research in the world, pioneering of new fields of study, innovative development of new research, and important issues that are difficult to solve.
The Suematsu Challenging Research Award is given to the highest qualified researchers among the Challenging Research Award winners. This award was established by the "Suematsu Fund", which was created based on the desire of former President Yasuharu Suematsu to support young researchers. When Professor Yasuharu Suematsu received the Japan Prize in 2014, he donated a portion of the prize money to Tokyo Tech, which established the Suematsu Fund to encourage young researchers. The Fund supports mainly young researchers to encourage their research activities to predict and study the development of unexplored scientific and technological systems in diverse fields and to bring the potential future to real society.
Developing a Microscopic Theory for Quantum Many-Body Tunneling
Transport and Optical Properties in 1D Moire Superlattice
Identification of the tipping point for global ocean deoxygenation considering the P-S-Fe cycles
Elucidation of universal mechanism of phonon-induced negative thermal expansion
Development of Organic Photoreactions Based on Theoretical and Experimental Studies
Developing a Typed Programming Language for Ensuring Fuzzy Specification
Development of genome photo-oxidation method and understanding of epigenetics with oxidatively damaged bases
Development of Magnetic Probes for Molecular Whole-Brain Neuroimaging
Blue Organic Light-Emitting Diode with Extremely Low Driving
Development of next-generation solid oxide reversible cell using metal support
I am very honored to receive the prestigious Tokyo Tech Challenging Research Award and the Suematsu Challenging Research Award. I greatly appreciate the support of Professor Ken Tanaka, the many other professors and all of the project laboratory members.
Organic photoreactions use light energy to create photoexcited species, enabling molecular transformations that are difficult to achieve by conventional thermal reactions. In recent years, with the widespread use of LED lamps, we can conduct photoreactions by using simple equipment, and they have attracted attention as a new molecular conversion process. However, systematic designs are still a challenge, forcing chemists to rely on experience and trial and error, which has been a bottleneck in the development of diverse reactions. This study aims to overcome this difficulty and establish a new method for generating, controlling, and utilizing photoexcited species bearing diverse elements through integrated theoretical and experimental chemistry. This will expand the chemical space of diverse organic compounds that have been difficult to access in the past.
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I am very honored to receive the prestigious Tokyo Tech Challenging Research Award and the Suematsu Challenging Research Award. I sincerely appreciate the tremendous support from Professor Hiroyuki Nakamura, assistant professors, staffs and students in our laboratory, and collaborators.
The brain function, which shapes our minds and behaviors, is highly integrated by neural circuits consisting of 100 billion neurons. While the brain controls signal transductions by utilizing various neurotransmitters released from neurons, it is known that the identical neurotransmitter can exhibit entirely different functions depending on the neural circuits. To understand the brain function, it is therefore necessary not only to observe the activities of individual neurons but also to observe the dynamics of neurotransmitters throughout the entire brain, where neural circuits are formed. This research aims to develop a neuroimaging technique that visualizes the dynamics of neurotransmitters at the whole-brain level by utilizing MRI contrast agents as molecular probes, that are designed to change MRI contrast in response to specific neurotransmitters.
I am very honored to receive the Tokyo Tech Challenging Research Award and the Suematsu Challenging Research Award. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the people who have been involved in the research.
My research topic is organic optoelectronics devices such as organic light-emitting diode (OLED) and organic solar cell (OSC) using organic semiconductor materials. OLED is already used in our daily lives, such as TVs and smartphone displays. However, OLED has a problem that a large voltage is required to emit blue light. In this research, we aim to drastically reduce the voltage required to emit blue light from an OLED by using a upconversion process that I discovered recently. As a result, I would like to develop energy-saving OLED. This research was inspired by the photoelectric conversion mechanism of OSC, which I had originally studied. I would like to continue to exchange ideas with people in various fields and further develop my research.
This project is supported by Tokyo Tech Fund Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund