Maki Kawai & Noriaki Takagi Group
New Materials and Interfaces [Science at surfaces and interfaces]
Small world is full of wonder.
Surface is the place where the symmetry of the bulk breaks. Due to this low dimensionality, unique properties of the materials appear. The principle subject of our laboratory is to understand and utilize these unique characters of surface and the nano-structured materials at surfaces.
Professor Maki Kawai
- 1980: Doctor of Science from the University of Tokyo.
- 1985: Researcher of RIKEN.
- 1988: TDK Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology.
- 1991: Chief Scientist, Director of Surface Chemistry Labortory of RIKEN.
- 2004: Professor in the University of Tokyo.
Associate Professor Noriaki Takagi
- 1993: Doctor of Science from Kyoto University.
- 1993: Research Associate in Kyoto University.
- 1999: Associate Professor in the Gradate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI).
- 2004: Associate Professor in the University of Tokyo.
Introduction of the study
The aim of our research is to unveil the hidden properties of solid surfaces and nano-structured systems at surfaces from a single atom and molecule to their low-dimensional assemblies such as wires and dots mainly by using low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and spectroscopy.
- Single molecule chemistry
- Physical properties of low-dimensional nanostructures
- Surface chemistry of soft materials
- Conductivity of molecule systems
Message from a senior
I think that Prof. Maki Kawai is a very earnest researcher. When we have a discussion, she always gives us precise comments and advices based on her deep knowledge and experience. She has a warm heart, which also makes her attractive. You can state your opinion freely in the open atmosphere of our laboratory. I feel that many of the members of our laboratory are good at listening to others. After I became a member of the laboratory, I realized that there are many things which can be found or understood only when one examines surfaces carefully. I think that there is a strong possibility that the knowledge accumulated by such studies will contribute to the development of broad spectrum of fields such as electrical engineering and chemical reactions.
Join Kawai & Takagi laboratory if you are interested in physical properties of atoms or molecules on surfaces, and explore world of material together.