Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group





Stoddart Mechanostereochemistry Group



Takashi Kikuchi

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hometown: Chiba, Japan

Joined group: 2011

Left group: 2012


PhD (2011) in Engineering, the University of Tokyo, Japan, with Prof. Makoto Fujita
MS (2008) in Engineering, the University of Tokyo, Japan, with Prof. Makoto Fujita
BS (2006) in Engineering, the University of Tokyo, Japan, with Prof. Makoto Fujita


[1] T. Kikuchi, T. Murase, S. Sato, M. Fujita, "Polymerisation of an Anionic Monomer in a Self-Assembled M12L24 Coordination Sphere with Cationic Interior", Supramol. Chem. 2008, 20, 81-94. link
[2] M. Ikemi, T. Kikuchi, S. Matsumura, K. Shiba, S. Sato, M. Fujita, "Peptide-coated, Self-assembled M12L24 Coordination Spheres and Their Immobilization onto an Inorganic Surface", Chem. Sci. 2010, 1, 68-71. link
[3] T. Kikuchi, S. Sato, M. Fujita, "Well-Defined DNA Nanoparticles Templated by Self-Assembled M12L24 Molecular Spheres and Binding of Complementary Oligonucleotides", J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 15930-15932. link


I was born in Chiba City, Japan, and soon moved to the neighboring city named Ichihara City, where I spent the first 18 years of my life. I started my undergraduate study at the University of Tokyo in 2002, where I was charmed with organic chemistry, especially supramolecular chemistry. I earned a BS and MS in engineering under the supervision of Prof. Makoto Fujita in Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan), where I focused on the precise functionalization of the internal space of self-assembled organometallic nanospheres. I also earned a PhD in Prof. Makoto Fujita's group, where my study was concentrated on peripheral modification of the spherical complexes with functional biomolecules, namely DNA and peptides, and their application as recognition materials. In the winter of 2008, I joined Prof. Gerard Derelis' group and Prof. Ivan Huc's group in Bordeaux University (Bordeaux, France) as a visiting scholar for three months, and studied the chemistry of synthetic antitumor peptides and hydrogen bond foldamers. Throughout my PhD program, I have been financially supported by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) fellowship (DC1). I joined Sir Fraser Stoddart's group at Northwestern University in April 2011, and I will be focusing on synthesizing organometallic nanoscaffolds and molecular topology by taking advantage of the coordination-driven self-assembly that I learned about in Japan.


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