An article by the research group of Professor Masahito Kodera and others (Graduate School of Science and Engineering) has been selected as a spotlight research piece on Chem-Station. Chem-Station is Japan’s largest portal site on chemistry and introduces distinguished achievements of Japanese chemists.
Website of Chem-Station Spotlight Research (in Japanese)
The research group of Professor Kodera et al. has been conducting research with a focus on the high reactivity of soluble methane monooxygenase (sMMO). The group has succeeded in synthesizing high-spin (S=2) μ-oxodioxodi-iron (IV) complexes that mimic electronic properties of reactive oxygen species Q. As a result, the group clarified that sMMO shows high reactivity to external substrates such as alkane, and also elucidated the production mechanism of oxidation active species. The article has been selected as a ‘Hot Paper’ and ‘Frontispiece’ in Chemistry－A European Journal (Chem. Eur. J. 2016, 22 (17), 5924-5936). The group also presented further-developed research results at the International Conference on Coordination Chemistry in 2016 (ICCC2016), and received the Poster Award as an outstanding research achievement. The conference is a large-scale international event where coordination chemists participate from all over the world, and only five entries were chosen to receive the Poster Award from a total of 600 entries. The group was the only one from Asia to receive the award.
Members of the Research Group:
Laboratory of Molecular Chemistry and Biochemistry
Masahito Kodera (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Tomokazu Tsuji (Second year, Doctoral Program in Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Science and Engineering)
Katsutoshi Sakurai (Second year, Master’s Program in Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Science and Engineering)