Takashi Tachikawa

Molecular Photoscience Research Center, Kobe University
Associate Professor
A03

Research AreasPhysical Chemistry, Photochemistry
Participating Group (2020-2021)

Single-Particle Emission Observation of Stimulation-Induced Structural Dynamics of Soft Crystals

Keywords
Single-Particle Spectroscopy, Fluorescence Imaging, Soft Crystal, Photochemical Reaction

Research Outline

A functional soft crystal that responds to a specific stimulus as if it is a biomolecule, and can instantaneously change its structure, physical properties, and reactivity can be a source of science and technology innovation. In soft crystals that have been subjected to external stimuli such as adsorption and uptake of molecules and ions, mechanical stimuli or light irradiation, dynamic structural transformation would proceed via localized nuclei. In this study, we will identify metastable states formed during photoinduced structural changes of organic and inorganic hybrid crystals or crystal-amorphous phase transition of mechanochromic organic dyes by means of by single-particle fluorescence spectroscopy. In particular, by monitoring emission behaviors in real time, we will capture elementary reaction steps such as structural transitions that are masked in bulk samples. Consequently, we will clarify the continuity and cooperativeness of structural changes in individual crystals experimentally.

Single-Particle Emission Observation of Stimulation-Induced Structural Changes of Soft Crystals
Participating Group (2018-2019)

Single-Particle Emission Observation of Stimulation-Induced Structural Changes of Soft Crystals

Keywords
Single-Particle Spectroscopy, Fluorescence Imaging, Soft Crystal, Photochemical Reaction, Structural Change

Research Outline

A functional soft crystal that responds to a specific stimulus as if it is a biomolecule, and can instantaneously change its structure, physical properties, and reactivity can be a source of science and technology innovation. In soft crystals that have been subjected to external stimuli such as adsorption and uptake of molecules and ions, mechanical stimuli or light irradiation, dynamic structural transformation would proceed via localized nuclei. In this study, we will identify organic and inorganic hybrid crystals and vapor-responsive organic crystals as soft crystals and observe correlated structure-emission changes induced by a few molecules, ultimately only one molecule or ion by single-particle fluorescence spectroscopy for understanding reaction mechanisms. In particular, by monitoring emission behaviors in real time, we will capture elementary reaction steps such as structural transitions that are masked in bulk samples. Consequently, we will clarify the continuity and cooperativeness of structural changes in individual crystals experimentally.

Single-Particle Emission Observation of Stimulation-Induced Structural Changes of Soft Crystals

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tachikawa[at]port.kobe-u.ac.jp