• Home
  • Profile:Susumu Kitagawa
Profile
Susumu Kitagawa
  • Susumu Kitagawa
  • Deputy Director-General and Distinguished Professor
  • View more details

Research Fields

Inorganic Chemistry, Chemistry of Coordination Space

Research Overview

Kitagawa’s main research field is coordination chemistry, in particular, chemistry of coordination space, and his current research interests are centered on synthesis and properties of porous coordination polymers/metal-organic frameworks.
He was the first to discover and to demonstrate “porosity” for metal complexes with gas sorption experiments (1997), whose materials are called porous coordination polymers (PCPs) or metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). To date, MOFs are classified as a new category of porous materials, as opposed to the conventional classifications of inorganic and carbon materials. Kitagawa pioneered the functional chemistry of MOFs, and discovered flexible MOFs, dissimilar to those of conventional porous materials. Today several hundred different MOFs are known, and over 4,000 articles on this class of materials have been published annually worldwide. The research developments built on his discoveries are anticipated to lead to radical innovations in materials science, with wide-ranging implications for both academia and industry. Chemical industry firms are producing MOF materials for use in purification, storage, and transportation of gases, among other applications. Kitagawa’s achievement has blazed a trail to a new era for porous materials, vital to addressing energy and environmental issues and contributing to human welfare.

Biography

1979-1983 Assistant, Department of Chemistry, Kindai University
1983-1988 Lecturer, Department of Chemistry, Kindai University
1988-1992 Associate Professor of Department of Chemistry, Kindai University
1992-1998 Professor of Department of Chemistry, Tokyo Metropolitan University
1998-2017 Professor of Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Kyoto University
2007-2012 Deputy Director and Professor of Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University
2013- Director of Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University
2016- Deputy Director-General of KUIAS
2017- Distinguished Professor of KUIAS

Selected Papers

  • S. Furukawa, J. Reboul, S. Diring, K. Sumida, S. Kitagawa, Structuring of metal–organic frameworks at the mesoscopic/macroscopic scale. Chem. Soc. Rev. 43, 5700–5734 (2014).
  • H. Sato, W. Kosaka, R. Matsuda, A. Hori, Y. Hijikata, R. V. Belosludov, S. Sakaki, M. Takata, S. Kitagawa, Self-accelerating CO sorption in a soft nanoporous crystal. Science 343, 167–170 (2014).
  • Y. Sakata, S. Furukawa, M. Kondo, K. Hirai, N. Horike, Y. Takashima, H. Uehara, N. Louvain, M. Meilikhov, T. Tsuruoka, S. Isoda, W. Kosaka, O. Sakata, S. Kitagawa, Shape-memory nanopores induced in coordination frameworks by crystal downsizing. Science 339, 193–196(2013).
  • S. Diring, D. O. Wang, C. Kim, M. Kondo, Y. Chen, S. Kitagawa, K. Kamei, S. Furukawa, Localized cell stimulation by nitric oxide using a photoactive porous coordination polymer platform. Nat. Commun. 4, 2684 (2013).
  • J. Reboul, S. Furukawa, N. Horike, M. Tsotsalas, K. Hirai, H. Uehara, M. Kondo, N. Louvain, O. Sakata, S. Kitagawa, Mesoscopic architectures of porous coordination polymers fabricated by pseudomorphic replication. Nat. Mater. 11, 717–723 (2012).

Awards

The Chemical Society of Japan Award (2009), Thomson Reuters Citation Laureate (Chemistry) (2010), Medal with Purple Ribbon (2011), Kyoto University Shi-Shi Award (2013), The fellow of the UK Royal Society of Chemistry (2013), Leo Esaki Prize (2013) , Japan Academy Prize (2016), Fred Basolo Medal (2016)