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Inorganic Chemistry Seminar: Professor Susumu Kitagawa, Kyoto University

Susumu Kitagawa
March 15, 2018 - 4:30pm
Sapp Center Lecture Hall

Inorganic Chemistry Seminar: Professor Susumu Kitagawa, Kyoto University (Host: Professor Hema Karunadasa)

"Porous Coordination Polymers / Metal Organic Frameworks For Gas Science and Technology"

About the Seminar

Abstract: Toward the advanced gas science and technology, porous materials with capabilities that exceed current ones should be developed. This talk focuses on the 3rd and 4th generation MOFs and the future research direction.

The advent of porous coordination polymers (PCPs) or metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) as new functional microporous materials have attracted the attention of chemists and physicists due to not only scientific but also application interest in the creation of unprecedented regular nano-sized spaces and in the finding of novel phenomena. We discovered and demonstrated a robust porosity in PCPs/MOFs by gas sorption experiments. To date, PCPs/MOFs are classified as a new category of porous materials, together with the conventional families of inorganic materials (zeolites, metal oxides) and carbon materials. This research area has grown strongly, and the current numbers of synthesized PCPs/MOFs are over 20,000. Based on the unique porous properties we have applied PCPs to gas substances for high capacity of storage separation and conversion to useful materials since low molecular weight molecules, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrogen (H2), oxygen (O2), methane (CH4), acetylene (C2H2), nitric oxide (NO) and alkanes (C2–C3), are important gases for the global issues of energy, natural resources, the environment, and living systems.

High-efficiency separation technology, different from conventional ways, is essential for low-energy separation of gas resources, flue gases, air, pollutant gases and other industrial materials.

The second target is for solid state ion conductors, which are utilized in various devices such as batteries and fuel cells. Recently, PCPs (and CPs) have been emerging as a novel and fascinating platform for solid ion conductors especially in the field of solid proton conductors. We could develop several approaches to acquire unique ion conductive property by designing modules of PCPs and guests.


1) R.Matsuda, et al. Nature, 2005, 436, 238. 2) H.Sato, et al., Nature Mater., 2010, 9,661.  3) S.Kitagawa, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 10686. Editorial.  4) Y.Sakata, et al, Science, 2013, 339,193. 5) H.Sato, et al., Science, 2014,  343, 167. 6) S.Kitagawa, Acc.Chem.Res.,2017,50,514. Commentary, Holy Grails.7) S.Horike et al., Acc.Chem.Res.2013,46,2376.

About the Speaker

Susumu Kitagawa

Director, Distinguished Professor

Institute for Advanced Study, and Institute for Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University


1979    Kyoto University, Graduate School, Hydrocarbon Chemistry, PhD degree

1974    Kyoto University, Undergraduate course, Hydrocarbon Chemistry

Research Activities


Director, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University


Deputy Director, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University


Professor, Department of Synthetic Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, Kyoto University


Professor, Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Metropolitan University


Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Kinki University


Visiting Scientist, Department of Chemistry, Texas A & M University


F. A. Cotton Laboratory

Professional Services and Award

He is a member of Science Council of Japan. He received the Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry Award (2007), Humboldt Research Award (2008), The Chemical Society of Japan Award (2009), Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate (Chemistry) (2010), The Medal with Purple Ribbon, Japanese Government (2011), The RSC de Gennes Prize (2013), The 10th Leo Esaki Prize (2013).

Japan Academy Award (2016) and ACS Fred Basolo Medal (2016), The 58th Fujihara Award (2017) Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher (2017), Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize (2017).

Selected Publications

  1. “Soft porous crystals”, Satoshi Horike, Satoru Shimomura, Susumu Kitagawa, Nature Chem. 2009, 1, 695-704.
  2. “Selective sorption of oxygen and nitric oxide by an electron-donating flexible porous coordination polymer”, Satoru Shimomura, Masakazu Higuchi, Ryotaro Matsuda, Ko Yoneda, Yuh Hijikata, Yoshiki Kubota, Yoshimi Mita, Jungeun Kim, Masaki Takata and Susumu Kitagawa, Nature Chemistry, 2010, 2, 633-637.
  3. “Shape-Memory Nanopores Induced in Coordination Frameworks by Crystal Downsizing”, Yoko Sakata, Shuhei Furukawa, Mio Kondo, Kenji Hirai, Nao Horike, Yohei Takashima, Hiromitsu Uehara, Nicolas Louvain, Mikhail Meilikhov, Takaaki Tsuruoka, Seiji Isoda, Wataru Kosaka, Osami Sakata, Susumu Kitagawa, Science, 2013, 339, 193-196.
  4. “Localized cell stimulation by nitric oxide using a photoactive porous coordination polymer platform”, Stéphane Diring, Dan Ohtan Wang, Chiwon Kim, Mio Kondo, Yong Chen, Susumu Kitagawa, Ken-ichiro Kamei, Shuhei Furukawa, Nature Communications, 2013, 4, 2684.
  5. “Self-Accelerating CO Sorption in a Soft Nanoporous Crystal”, Hiroshi Sato, Wataru Kosaka,Ryotaro Matsuda, Akihiro Hori, Yuh Hijikata, Rodion V. Belosludov, Shigeyoshi Sakaki, Masaki Takata, Susumu Kitagawa, Science, 2014, 343, 167-170.

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