Connect molecules, create value, and change the world, one molecule at a time

The ultimate goal of the research group of Kenichiro Itami is to develop “problem-solving” innovative functional molecules (“transformative molecules”) that make a marked change in the form and nature of science and technology.
With such goal in mind, the work of Itami group has centered on catalyst-enabling synthetic chemistry with broad directions. Through the interdisciplinary research supported by World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) program and JST-ERATO project, we aim to build a solid foundation for a new paradigm in molecular science as synthetic chemists.
Ultimately, we hope to be able to contribute solving global issues such as the food problem and the energy problem. We strongly believe the power of molecules.

  1. Dr. Hideto Ito has been awarded the 12th PCCP prize from RSC and CSJ
  2. Congratulations! Monica!! – ITbM Research Award
  3. ITbM was featured in the Meidai Watch!
  4. New reaction for nanographenes was highlighted in a science newspaper!
  5. Press release: A Water-soluble Warped Nanographene
  6. New reaction in Science was highlighted!
  7. Prof. Itami was awarded 2017 The Chemical Society of Japan Award for C...
  8. Dr. Kei Muto was awarded Inoue Research Award for Young Scientists
  9. Carbon Nanobelt is featured in Nature!
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