A03 Norimitsu Tohnai

Norimitsu Tohnai

Participating   A03


Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University


Associate Professor



Research Project

Hierarchical Construction of Asymmetric Coordination Spaces and Reaction Fields induced by Helical Supramolecular Structure


In this project, large supramolecular complexes are hierarchically formed from several kinds of organic molecules, and then designable asymmetric nano-spaces are constructed by helical supramolecular structures.  Moreover, various catalytic metals are supported on the surfaces of the nano-spaces to lead to asymmetric supramolecular nano-reactors.

Research Areas

Crystal Engineering, Supramolecular Chemistry, Photochemistry, Polymer Science


Porous Structure, Organic Salt, Helical Supramolecular Structure, Charge Assisted Hydrogen Bond, Nano-Reactor


[3] A Hydrogen-Bonded Hexagonal Buckybowl Framework,
I. Hisaki; N. Tohnai; H. Toda; H. Sakurai; H. Sato, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 56, 48, 15294 – 15298, 2017
DOI: 10.1002/anie.201708115.
[2] CO2 regulates molecular rotor dynamics in porous materials,
S. Bracco; T. Miyano; M. Negroni,; I. Bassanetti; L. Marchio; P. Sozzani; N. Tohnai; A. Comotti, Chem. Commun., 53, 7776 – 7779, 2017
DOI: 10.1039/C7CC02983G.
[1] Exclusive Formation of Bridge-Substituted [2.2]Paracyclophane by Topochemical Photocycloaddition Reaction of Unsymmetrical Substituted p-Quinodimethane,
Takahito Itoh; Fumiaki Kondo; Takahiro Uno; Masataka Kubo; Norimitsu Tohnai; Mikiji Miyata, Crystal Growth and Design, 17, 7, 3606 – 3610, 2017
DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.7b00580.