Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas FY2017-2021Hybrid Catalysis

Kazuki Sada » Japanese

Affiliation Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University
Position Professor
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Speciality Supramolecuar Chemistry, Polymer Science, Crystal Engineering, Soft Matter
Keyword Gels, Stimili-Sensitive Polymers, Metal Organic Frameworks, Catalysis, Biomolecular Motors, Active Self-Organization, Aggregation-induced Emission
Institute The Chemical Society of Japan, American Chemical Society, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan,


Based on our design of thermo-responsive polymer systems in organic solvents, an organic catalyst or a transition metal catalyst will be introduced into the polymer chain of the thermo-responsive polymers by copolymerization to construct an on-demand hybrid catalyst. Controlling dissolution or aggregation of the thermo-responsive part by the presence or absence of appropriate pseudo-solvating molecules, called effectors, will provide controlled ON-OFF catalytic ability of the catalytic part. The structural parameters of the on-demand hybrid catalysts such as molecular weight and copolymerization ratios will be optimized for drastic ON-OFF cut-off. Moreover, parallel use of these on-demand catalysts should access to more sophisticated control of some chemical reactions. In particular, I also aim to construct a catalyst that exhibits hetero-allosteric behavior by designing the on-demand hybrid catalyst in which the effector can be transformed to be a non-effector.