A03 Fumitaka Ishiwari

Fumitaka Ishiwari

Participating A03


Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology


Assistant Professor



Research Project

Development of “Bifacial Polymer” Featuring Unique Asymmetric Coordination Ability


Generally, polymers are linked by a single chemical bond along the main chain, and regarded as a “string-like” substance.  On the other hand, ladder polymers having two or more bonds along the main chain can be regarded as a “tape-like” substance with a certain “face”. In this context, we designed “bifacial polymer” having different faces with different properties on both sides.  Such bifacial polymers may function as a scaffold for asymmetric assembly of various guests. Recently, our group reported the synthetic method of ladder polymers featuring flexible conformational change  (F. Ishiwari et al., ACS Macro Lett. 2017, 6, 775).  In this work, based on our methodology for the synthesis of flexible ladder polymers, we will develop bifacial polymers and explore their asymmetry function arising from the unique asymmetric coordination ability.

Research Areas

Polymer Chemistry, Physical Organic Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry


Ladder Polymers, Anisotropic Assembly, Host-Guest Chemistry