Seiji SHINKAI

新海 征治 (Seiji SHINKAI)

University Professor of Institute for Advanced Study, Kyushu University

Specialized Fields :
Supramolecular Chemistry, Molecular Recognition, Functional Polymers

Pioneer Research in Molecular Machines

Message

Japanese society seems to be in a recession after peaking in the 1980’s when people regarded Japan as “number one”, according to various statistical data and social indexes. I believe the potential for breaking through the condition lies in the sparkling energy and sensitivity of the young. Therefore, the importance of fostering and nurturing our human resources that are responsible for the next generation has been ever increasing.

I retired from the Kyushu University at the end of March, 2008. While my retirement was approaching, I had been advised by my senior associates, to “Throw out the old otherwise you will not get anything new”. I kept their words in mind, and have been preparing for further progress.

新海 征治 (Seiji SHINKAI)

However, in October 2010, after 1 1/2 years of retirement, I was invited to be a University Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study. I wondered what I should do.

I decided positively, as my philosophy is that “To break through the stagnation, a fundamental reformation of study and the educational environment related to human resource development for the younger generation is necessary.” Currently, some trials whose purpose is to stop the recession of Japanese society, are ongoing. These trials have some effect; however, I honestly feel that many of them serve only to patch over problems. I believe that more fundamental treatment involves re-examining the study and educational environment from the starting point. It takes time and energy; however, the fastest way is connected to its fundamental solution.

As a result, my mission as a University Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study matches to my ideals. I am not sure how far I can fulfill my mission according to my limited ability and time, but I would like to do my best.

Academic Background

March 1967

Department of Synthetic Chemistry School of Engineering, Kyushu University

March 1972

Doctoral Program in Department of Synthetic Chemistry Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University

Occupation Background

April 1972

Lecturer of the School of Engineering, Kyushu University

April 1972 – February 1974

Postdoctoral Researcher of the Department of Chemistry, University of California, Santa Barbara

April 1975

Assistant Professor of the School of Engineering, Kyushu University

December 1976

Assistant Professor of the School of Engineering, Nagasaki University

July 1987

Assistant Professor of the School of Engineering, Kyushu University

November 1988

Professor of the School of Engineering, Kyushu University

October 2009

University Professor of Institute for Advanced Study, Kyushu University

April 2018

Senior Adviser of the Institute of Systems, Information Technologies and Nanotechnologies (ISIT)

Academic Awards・Awards

F.Y.1985

The Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan

F.Y.2003

The Chemical Society of Japan Award

F.Y.2004

Medal with Purple Ribbon

F.Y.2006

Toray Science and Technology Prize

F.Y.2017

The Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon

F.Y.2018

Person of Cultural Merit

Publication List

  • Ono, F., Shinkai, S. & Watanabe, H. High Internal Phase Water/Oil and Oil/Water Gel Emulsions Formed Using a Glucose-Based Low-Molecular-Weight Gelator. New J. Chem. 42, 6601-6603 (2018).
  • Roy, B., Noguchi, T., Yoshihara, D., Sakamoto, J. & Shinkai, S. A Facile Supramolecular Approach towards Strategic Fluorescence Switching and Recognition-Controlled Photoreduction. ChemPhotoChem 2, 67-71 (2018).
  • Yoshihara, D., Noguchi, T., Roy, B., Sakamoto, J. & Shinkai, S. Design of a Hypersensitive pH-Sensory System Created by a Combination of Charge Neutralization and Aggregation-Induced Emission (AIE). Chem. Eur. J. 23, 17663-17666 (2017).
  • Noguchi, T., Roy, B., Yoshihara, D., Sakamoto, J., Yamamoto, T. & Shinkai, S. A Chiral Recognition System Orchestrated by Self-Assembly: Molecular Chirality, Self-Assembly Morphology, and Fluorescence Response. Angew.Chem. Int. Ed. 56, 12518-12522 (2017).
  • Roy, B., Noguchi, T., Yoshihara, D., Sakamoto, J., Yamamoto, T. & Shinkai, S. Adaptive Self-assembly Behavior Restrained by Supuramolecular Crystallization and Molecular Recognition. Chem. Eur. J. 23, 1937-1941 (2017).
  • Sakamoto, J., Kita, R., Duelamae, I., Kunitake, M., Hirano, M., Yoshihara, D., Yamamoto, T., Noguchi, T., Roy, B. & Shinkai, S. Cohelical Crossover Network by Supramolecular Polymerization of a 4,6-Acetalized β-1,3-Glucan Macromer. ACS Macro Lett. 6, 21-26 (2017).
  • Tuchiya, Y., Noguchi, T., Yoshihara, D., Roy, B., Yamamoto, T. & Shinkai, S. Conformation Control of a Conjugated Polymer through Complexation with Bile Acids Generates Its Novel Spectral and Morphological Properties. Langmuir 32, 12403-12412 (2016).
  • Yoshihara, D., Noguchi, T., Roy, B., Sakamoto, J., Yamamoto, T. & Shinkai, S. Ratiometric Sensing of D-Glucose in a Combined Approach of Aggregation-induced Emission (AIE) and Dynamic Covalent Bond Formation. ChemLett. 45, 702-704 (2016).
  • Roy, B., Noguchi, T., Yoshihara, D., Yamamoto, T., Sakamoto, J. & Shinkai, S. Amplified Fluorescence Emission of Bolaamphiphilic Perylene-azacrown Ether Derivatives Directed towards Molecular Recognition Events. PCCP 18, 13239-13245 (2016).
  • Noguchi, T., Roy, B., Yoshihara, D., Sakamoto, J., Yamamoto, T. & Shinkai, S. Emergent Molecular Recognition through Self-Assembly: Unexpected Selectivity for Hyaluronic Acid among Glycosaminoglycans. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 55, 5708-5712 (2016).