Title: “Supramolecular Polymerization: Its Significance and Applications”
Prof. Takuzo Aida, the Department of Chemistry & Biotechnology,
School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Prof. Takuzo Aida from the Department of Chemistry & Biotechnology, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, is the world leading Scientist in Supramolecular Chemistry and Functional Soft-materials. He pioneered many innovative researches in materials sciences, such as “Aquamaterial” for Low-Carbon Sustainable Society, Drug Delivery/Nanoremedy by Molecular Glue/ Biomolecular Machine, Energy Conversion by Soft Nanocarbon.
Prof. Takuzo Aida was born in 1956. He received a B.S. degree in Physical Chemistry from Yokohama National University in 1979, and then studied under the direction of Professor Shohei Inoue at the University of Tokyo, obtaining a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry in 1984. He then began an academic career at the University of Tokyo, and had been involved until 1994 in the development of precision macromolecular synthesis using metalloporphyrin complexes. In 1996, he was promoted to Full Professor of the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. His research interests include (1) controlled macromolecular synthesis with mesoporous inorganic materials, (2) photo and supramolecular chemistry of dendritic macromolecules, (3) mesoscopic materials sciences, and (4) bio-related molecular recognitions and catalyses.
In 1996, he was appointed as a researcher of JST PRESTO Project “Fields and Reactions”. In 2000, he then held an appointment as the leader of ERATO Project on “NANOSPACE”, followed by ERATO–SORST Project in 2006. In 2008, he was also appointed as a director for RIKEN Institute. Since 2013, he has been serving as the deputy director for Riken Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS).
Title: “Shape-Directed Colloidal Assembly”
Dr. Yufeng Wang, Department of Chemistry,
The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Yufeng Wang received his BS. degree in Chemistry from Peking University in 2008, and his Ph. D in Chemistry from New York University in 2014. From 2014 to 2016, he did his postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Yufeng Wang joined the Department of Chemistry, The University of Hong Kong in fall 2016 as Assistant Professor. Dr. Wang’s main area of research is colloidal assembly, the aim of which is to put together colloidal nano/micro particles—the essential ingredient in food, paints, cosmetics and even electronics—to form 1D to 3D superstructures for emerging applications such as photonics, printing, nano-delivery and micro-machinery, etc. Currently, one of the team’s key strategies is to chemically synthesize anisotropic particles with low-symmetry shapes, which introduces specific and directional interactions between particles and yields complex yet well-defined structures. The reduced symmetry also encodes necessary information that programs the particle’s dynamics, making them significantly more useful toward an active matter, that is, smart materials that move, adapt, reconfigure and evolve emulating those in the biological and living systems.
Dr. Yufeng Wang received the Early Career Scheme award (2017) and the Croucher Innovation Award (2019).