Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry,Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University

Department of Chemistry and

Biochemistry, Graduate School of

Engineering, Kyushu University


744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku

Fukuoka 819-0395


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Nobuo Kimizuka, Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Graduate School of Engineering
Kyushu University
Moto-oka 744, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395
Phone: +81-92-802-2832
Fax: +81-92-802-2838










Professor Kimizuka received his B.S. degree in Synthetic Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering in 1982 from Kyushu University. After completing his M. Sc. in 1984, he was appointed to the post of a research associate at Department of Chemical Science and Technology (Prof. Toyoki Kunitake’s group) in 1985. He received Ph. D. in 1990 from Kyushu University and after spending three months as a post-doc in Mainz University (Prof. Helmut Ringsdorf’s group), he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992. Since 2000, he is a full Professor in the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University.




Program Leader, Kyushu University Global COE (MEXT)
“Science for Future Molecular Systems
2000-present Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Kyushu University
1992-1999 Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Kyushu University
1984-1992 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Science and Technology
Kyushu Universi

Post-Doctral Research Fellow (3 months)
Mainz University, Germany (Under the supervision of Prof. H. Ringsdorf)



The American Chemical Society
The American Association for the Advancement of Science
The Chemical Society of Japan
The Society of Polymer Science, Japan
The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan


Honors and Awards

2007.3 The Chemical Society of Japan Award for Creative Work
2003.9 Wiley Award, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan (SPSJ)
1999.3 Kao Research Initiative Award, The Kao Foundation of Arts and Sciences.
1993.5 Young Researcher Award, The Society of Polymer Science (SPSJ), Japan



Professor Kimizuka's research interests are in molecular self-assembling phenomena widely from synthetic organic, inorganic and biomolecules. He is currently focused on the development of molecular systems chemistry and recent research topic includes: self-assembling organic/inorganic nanowires, nanoparticles and nanocapsules; molecular self-assembly and interfacial nanomaterials synthesis in ionic liquids; self-assembly of biological molecules such as nucleotides, peptides and proteins, and creation of dissipative nanostructures. Since 2007, he was appointed as a project leader of JST CREST “Integration of Self-Assembly Strategies for the Construction of Smart Nanointerfaces”. In his CREST project, development of ferroelectric nanomaterials and new surface nanoarchitectures for creating interfacial functions are being explored.


Selected representative publications

N. Kimizuka, N. Yanai, M-a. Morikawa

“Photon Upconversion and Molecular Solar Energy Storage by Maximizing the Potential of Molecular Self-Assembly”

Langmuir, 2016, 32, 12304-12322.  (Invited Feature Article)


J. K.-H. Hui, H. Kishida, K. Ishiba, K. Takemasu, M-a. Morikawa, N. Kimizuka

“Ferroelectric Coordination Polymers Self-Assembled from Mesogenic Zinc(II) Porphyrin and Dipolar Bridging Ligands”

Chem. Eur. J., 2016, 22, 14213-14218.


S. Amemori, Y. Sasaki, N. Yanai, N. Kimizuka

“Near-Infrared-to-Visible Photon Upconversion Sensitized by a Metal Complex with Spin-Forbidden yet Strong S0–T1 Absorption”

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2016, 138, 8702-8705.


N. Yanai, M. Kozue, S. Amemori, R. Kabe, C. Adachi, N. Kimizuka

“Increased vis-to-UV upconversion performance by energy level matching between a TADF donor and high triplet energy acceptors”

J. Mater. Chem. C., 2016, 4, 6447-6451.


K. Okumura, K. Mase, N. Yanai, N. Kimizuka

“Employing Core-Shell Quantum Dots as Triplet-Sensitizers for Photon Upconversion”

Chem. Eur. J., 2016, 22, 7721-7726.


H. Kouno, T. Ogawa, S. Amemori, P. Mahato, N. Yanai, N. Kimizuka,

“Triplet Energy Migration-Based Photon Upconversion by Amphiphilic Molecular Assemblies in Water”

Chem. Sci., 2016, 7, 5224-5229.


N. Yanai, N. Kimizuka,

“Recent Emergence of Photon Upconversion based on Triplet Energy Migration in Molecular Assemblies”

Chem. Commun., 2016, 52, 5354-5370.  (Feature Article)


M. Hosoyamada, N. Yanai, T. Ogawa, N. Kimizuka,

“Molecularly Dispersed Donors in Acceptor Molecular Crystals for Photon Upconversion under Low Excitation Intensity”

Chem. Eur. J., 2016, 22, 2060-2067.


S. Hisamitsu, N. Yanai, N., Kimizuka

“Photon-Upconverting Ionic Liquids: Effective Triplet Energy Migration in Contiguous Ionic Chromophore Arrays”

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2015, 54, 11550-11554.


S. Amemori, N. Yanai, N. Kimizuka

“Metallonaphthalocyanines as Triplet Sensitizers for Near-Infrared Photon Upconversion beyond 850 nm”

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2015, 17, 22557-22560.


T. Ogawa, N. Yanai, A. Monguzzi, N. Kimizuka

“Highly Efficient Photon Upconversion in Self-Assembled Light-Harvesting Molecular Systems”

Sci. Rep., 2015, 5, 10882.


P. Duan, N. Yanai, Y. Kurashige, N. Kimizuka,

“Aggregation-Induced Photon Upconversion through Control of the Triplet Energy Landscapes of the Solution and Solid States”

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 7544-7549.


P. Duan, N. Yanai, H. Nagatomi, N. Kimizuka,

“Photon Upconversion in Supramolecular Gel Matrixes: Spontaneous Accumulation of Light-Harvesting Donor-Acceptor Arrays in Nanofibers and Acquired Air Stability”

J. Am. Chem. Soc, 2015, 137, 1887-1894.


K. Ishiba, M-a. Morikawa, C. Chikara, T. Yamada, K. Iwase, M. Kawakita, N. Kimizuka
“Photoliquefiable Ionic Crystals: A Phase Crossover Approach for Photon Energy Storage Materials with Functional Multiplicity”
Angew. Chem.Int. Ed., 2015, 54, 1532-1536.


K. Masutani, M-a. Morikawa, N. Kimizuka
“A liquid Azobenzene Derivative as a Solvent-free Solar Thermal Fuel”
Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 15803-15806.  


P. Duan, N. Yanai, N. Kimizuka
“A Bis-cyclometalated Iridium Complex as a Benchmark Sensitizer for Efficient Visible-to-UV Photon Upconversion”
Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 13111-13113.


P. Duan, N. Yanai, N. Kimizuka
“Photon Upconverting Liquids: Matrix-Free Molecular Upcon-version Systems Functioning in Air”
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2013, 135, 19056-19059.


R. Kuwahara, S. Fujikawa, K. Kuroiwa, N. Kimizuka

“Controlled Polymerization and Self-Assembly of Halogen-Bridged Diruthenium Complexes in Organic Media and Their Dielectrophoretic Alignment”

 J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2012, 134, 1192-1199.


M-a. Morikawa , A. Takano , S. Tao , N. Kimizuka

“Biopolymer-Encapsulated Protein Microcapsules Spontaneously Formed at the Ionic Liquid-Water Interface”

Biomacromolecules, 2012, 13, 4075-4080.


T. Nakashima, N. Kimizuka,

“Controlled Self-assembly of Amphiphiles in Ionic Liquids and the Formation of Ionogels by Molecular Tuning of Cohesive Energies”

Polymer J., 2012, 44, 665-671.


K. Kuroiwa, M. Yoshida, S. Masaoka, K. Kaneko, K. Sakai, N. Kimizuka

“Self-Assembly of Tubular Microstructures from Mixed-Valence Metal Complexes and Their Reversible Transformation by External Stimuli”

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2012, 51, 656-659.


J. Liu, M-A. Morikawa, N. Kimizuka

“Conversion of Molecular Information by Luminescent Nanointerface Self-Assembled from Amphiphilic Tb(III) Complexes”

 J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2011, 133, 43, 17370-17374.


T. Nakashima, N. Kimizuka

“Water/Ionic Liquid Interfaces as Fluid Scaffolds for Two-Dimensional Self-Assembly of Charged Nanospheres”

Langmuir, 2011, 27, 1281-1285. 


K. Matsuura, K. Watanabe, T. Matsuzaki, K. Sakurai, N. Kimizuka

“Synthetic Viral Capsids Self-assembled from a 24-mer Viral Peptide Fragment”

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2010, 49, 9662-9665.


R. Nishiyabu, C. Aimé, K. Kaneko, N. Kimizuka

“Selective Inclusion of Anionic Quantum Dots in Coordination Network Shells of  Nucleotides and Lanthanide ions”

Chem. Commun., 2010, 46, 4333-4335.     


R. Nishiyabu, C. Aimé, R. Gondo, T. Noguchi, N. Kimizuka.

“Confining Molecules within Aqueous Coordination Nanoparticles via Adaptive Molecular Self-Assembly”

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 2009, 48, 9465-9468.  


T. Soejima, M-a. Morikawa, N. Kimizuka

“Holey Gold Nanowires Formed by Photoconversion of Dissipative Nanostructures Emerged at the Aqueous-Organic Interface”

Small, 2009, 5, 2043-2047.   


T. Soejima, N. Kimizuka

 “One-Pot Room-Temperature Synthesis of Single-Crystalline Gold Nanocorolla in Water”,

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 14407-14412.


R. Nishiyabu, N. Hashimoto, T. Cho, K. Watanabe, T. Yasunaga, A. Endo, K. Kaneko, T. Niidome, M. Murata, C. Adachi, Y. Katayama, M. Hashizume, N. Kimizuka.

“Nanoparticles of Adaptive Supramolecular Networks Self-Assembled from Nucleotides and Lanthanide Ions”
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2009, 131, 2151-2158.

H. Matsukizono, K. Kuroiwa, N. Kimizuka.

 “Lipid-Packaged Linear Iron(II) Trizaole Complexes in Solution: Controlled Spin Conversion via Solvophobic Self-Assembly”,
J. Am. Chem. Soc.,2008, 130, 5622-5623.

T. Shiraki, M-a. Morikawa, N. Kimizuka.

 “Amplification of Molecular Information through Self-assembly. Nanofibers Formed from Amino Acids and Cyanine Dyes by Extended Molecular Pairing”

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl., 2008, 47, 106-108.

N. Kimizuka. “Self-Assembly of Supramolecular Nanofibers”
Adv. Polym. Sci, 2008, 219, 1-26. (Review)

S. Kume, K. Kuroiwa, N. Kimizuka.

“Photo-Responsive Molecular Wires of Fe(II) Triazole Complexes in Organic Media and Light-induced Morphological Transformations”

Chem. Commun, 2006, 2442-2444.

M-a. Morikawa, M. Yoshihara, T. Endo, N. Kimizuka, N.

“ATP as Building Blocks for the Self-Assembly of Excitonic Nanowires”,

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2005, 127, 1358-1359.

K. Kuroiwa, T. Shibata, A. Takada, N. Nemoto and N. Kimizuka
“Heat-Set Gel-like Networks of Linear Co(II) Triazole Complexes in Organic Media and their Thermochromic Structural Transitions”
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126, 2016-2021 (2004).

N. Kimizuka
“Self-assembly in mesoscopic dimension and artificial supramolecular membranes”
Curr. Opin. Chem. Biol., Vol 7/6, 702-709 (2003). (Review)

T. Nakashima and N. Kimizuka

“Interfacial Synthesis of Hollow TiO2 Microspheres in Ionic Liquids” 

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125, 6386-6387 (2003).

C.-S. Lee and N. Kimizuka

“Pillared Honeycomb Nano-Architectures Formed on Solid Surfaces by the Self-assembly of Lipid-Packaged One-Dimensional Pt Complexes”
PNAS, 99,4922-4926 (2002).

T. Nakashima and N. Kimizuka

 “Light-Harvesting Supramolecular Hydrogels Assembled from Short-Legged Cationic L-Glutamate Derivatives and Anionic Fluorophores”

Adv. Mater., 14, 1113-1116 (2002).

N. Kimizuka and T. Nakashima

“Spontaneous Self-assembly of Glycolipid Bilayer Membranes in Sugar-philic Ionic Liquids and Formation of Ionogels”
Langmuir, 17, 6759-6761 (2001).

T. Kawasaki, M. Tokuhiro, N. Kimizuka and T. Kunitake

“Hierarchical Self-Assembly of Chiral Complementary Hydrogen Bond Networks in Water. Reconstitution of Supramolecular Membranes”

J. Am. Chem. Soc., 123, 6792-6800 (2001).

N. Kimizuka, A. Baba and T. Kunitake

“Supramolecular Holoenzymes. Activity Modulation of Endonuclease by the Use of Synthetic Bilayer Membranes as Regulatory Cofactors”
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 123, 1764-1765 (2001).

N. Kimizuka

“Towards Self-Assembling Inorganic Molecular Wires”
Adv. Mater., 12, 1461-1463 (2000). 

N. Kimizuka, S. H. Lee and T. Kunitake

“Molecular Dispersion of Hetero-Metallic Mixed Valence Chains of [M(en)2][MCl2(en)2] (M: Pt, Pd, Ni) and Anionic Amphiphiles in Organic Media”
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 39, 389-391 (2000).

N. Kimizuka, T. Kawasaki, K. Hirata and T. Kunitake

“Supramolecular Membrane: Spontaneous Assembly of Aqueous Bilayer Membrane via Formation of Hydrogen-Bonded Pairs of Melamine and Cyanuric Acid Derivatives”
J. Am. Chem. Soc, 120, 4094-4104 (1998).

N. Kimizuka, T. Wakiyama, H. Miyauchi, T. Yoshimi, M. Tokuhiro and T. Kunitake

“Formation of Stable Bilayer Membranes in Binary Aqueous-Organic Media from a Dialkyl Amphiphile with a Highly Dipolar Head Group”
J. Am. Chem. Soc., 118, 5808-5809 (1996).

N. Kimizuka and Toyoki Kunitake

“Organic Two-Dimensional Templates for the Fabrication of Inorganic Nanostructures : Organic / Inorganic Superlattice”
Adv. Mater., 8, 89 - 91 (1996).

N. Kimizuka, T. Kawasaki, K. Hirata and T. Kunitake


“Tube-Like Nanostructures Composed of Networks of Complementary Hydrogen Bonds”
J. Am. Chem. Soc.,117, 6360-6361(1995).

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