Principle Investigator

Yasuhiro Ishida


1996. 3. Univ. Tokyo B.D.

1998. 3. Univ. Tokyo M.D.

2001. 3. Univ. Tokyo Ph.D.

2001. 4. Univ. Tokyo Assistant Prof.

2007. 6. Univ. Tokyo Lecturer

2009. 9. RIKEN Team Leader

Publications / Honors

JST PRESTO (’07–’11)

JST CREST (’17–current)

• Society of Polymer Science Japan Science Award (’18)


May the members be blessed with health, happiness, and good results…!

Postdoctoral Researchers

Krishnachary Salikolimi


2007. 5. Osmania Univ. B.D.

2010. 6. Pondicherry Univ. M.D.

2011. 11. JNCASR Research Assistant

2017. 3. Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. Ph.D.

2017. 5. RIKEN Postdoc Researcher


Functional supramolecular polymers

Magnetic nanoparticles

Publications / Honors

Nat. Commun. 2020, 11, 2311.

J. Control. Release 2015, 217, 151.

• 64th SPSJ annual meeting Best Poster Award (’15)

Xiang Wang


2012. 6. Tianjin Univ. B.D.

2014.12. Tianjin Univ. M.D.

2018. 9. Univ. Tokyo. Ph.D.

2018.11. RIKEN Postdoc Researcher


2D colloidal liquid crystals Hydrogels

Structural coloration

Publications / Honors

J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2018, 140, 16396.

• The SMJS Rising Star Award (’19)

• The 7th RIKEN-NCTU Symposium Best Poster Award (’19)


Nothing is more exciting than discovering something new.

Zhifang Sun


2010.6. Hubei Engin. Univ. B.D.

2013.6. Central South Univ. M.D.

2013.7. HEC Pharm R&D Center Researcher

2017.4. JSPS Fellow(DC2)

2018.9. Univ. Tokyo Ph.D

2019.4. JSPS Foreign Researcher

2021.9. RIKEN Postdoc Researcher




Publications / Honors


J. Am. Chem. Soc.2013, 135, 36, 13379


Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2015, 54, 7944.


Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2018, 57, 15772


Be calm.

Yiyang Zhan 


2014. 7. Beijing Univ. Chem. Tech. B.D.

2016. 9. Univ. Tokyo. M.D.

2019. 9. Univ. Tokyo. Ph.D.

2019.10. JSPS Foreign Researcher

2021.10. RIKEN Postdoc Researcher


Photonic crystals composed of inorganic nanosheets

Publications / Honors

Nat. Commun.2019, 10, 1440.

Nat. Commun.2018, 9, 4530.

• Inoue Research Award for Young Scientists (2020)


Try hard, everything will be alright.

Technical Staffs

Kuniyo Yamada


Kanagawa Inst. of Tech. M.D.

Technical Staff


Organic synthesis

Noriko Horimoto


1994. 3. Univ. Tokyo. B.D.

1996. 3. Univ. Tokyo. M.D.

1999. 3. Univ. Tokyo. Ph.D.

1999. 4. RIKEN SPDR

2002. 4. JSPS Postdoc Researcher

2005. 4. IMS Fellow

2007. 4. Tohoku Univ. Assistant Prof.

2014. 4. RIKEN Technical Staff


Material structural analysis

Publications / Honors

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed.2021, 60, 1528.

Nat. Commun.2020, 11, 2311.

ChemBioChem 2018, 19, 1922.

Hayato Kanai 


2016. 3. Saitama Univ. B.D.

2018. 3. Saitama Univ. M.D.

2018. 4. Saitama Univ. Ph.D. course

2018. 4. RIKEN JRA

2021.10. RIKEN Technical Staff


Chiral supramolecular liquid crystals

Publications / Honors

Eur. J. Org. Chem.2018, 1726


Jungho Lee


2016. 2. Konkuk Univ. B.D.

2017. 7. POSTECH M.D.

2018. 4. RIKEN IPA

2018. 9. POSTECH Ph.D. course


Photonic crystals composed of inorganic nanosheets

Publications / Honors

Biomaterials 2019, 222, 119439.

• Kwanjeong Educational Foundation Scholarship (’20)


Stay hungry, Stay foolish.

Shuxu Wang 
RIKEN Junior Research Associate


2018. 6. Zhejiang Univ. B.D.

2020. 9. Univ. Tokyo M.D.

2020. 10. Univ. Tokyo. Ph.D. course

2020. 10. RIKEN JRA


Rod-shaped bacteriophages

Publications / Honors

Adv. Energy Mater. 2019, 9, 1900887.

• National Scholarship, Zhejiang Univ. (’16)

Zhihao Li


2019. 6. Nankai Univ. B.D.

2019. 10. Univ. Tokyo MS course


Liquid crystals composed of inorganic nanosheets

Publications / Honors

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 2377.

Nat. Commun. 2019, 10, 5762.

• Second Prize in the University Student Chemistry Experiment Competition (’16)

• LG-Bohai Scholarship (’18)


Never stop.

Office Administrator

Yoko Ono


Hometown: Saitama

Ex Members(Ex members in academia are here

FY 2022
Jungho Lee
Zhihao Li
Yiyang Zhan
Koki Sano
Colloid-based soft materials
(Shinshu Univeersity)
Annamalai Prathap
Inorganic nanosheets
(Isha Vidhya Metric Higher Secondary School)
FY 2020
Noriyuki Uchida
Biorelated nanomaterials
(Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology)
FY 2019
Naoto Iwata
Bottlebrush polymers
(Tokyo University of Science)
Masayoshi Yanagi
Phospholipid nanosheets
Suzhi Cai
Luminescent aerogels
(Fujian Normal University)
Liming Liu
Semiconductor colloidal quantum dots
Hiroko Kawano
Graphene oxides
FY 2018
Naoki Igarashi
Colloid-based gels
Zhifang Sun
Anisotropic gel actuators
(The University of Tokyo)
Kenny Zhi Wei Low
Phospholipid nanosheets
Hideko Kono
Office administration
FY 2017
Kento Ueno
Filamentous phages
Yoshihiro Yamauchi
Bottlebrush polymers
(National Institute of Materials Science)
Xiaoyu Li
Photoresponsive nanosheets
(Beijing Institute of Technology)
Christian Neumann
Au nanoparticles
Rumi Iino
Office administration
FY 2016
Takenori Tose
Supramolecular liquid crystals
Joonil Cho
Helical supramolecular nanomaterials
FY 2015
Chunji Li
Supramolecular liquid crystals
Wei Zhang
Supramolecular gels
(South China University of Technology)
Qiaochu Li
NMR alignment media
FY 2014
Yuka Onuma
Mechanically anisotropic gels
Youn Soo Kim
Anisotropic gel actuators
(Pohang Institute of Science and Technology)
Changhua Li
Anisotropically swelling gels
(Nankai University)
Mingjie Liu
Mechanically anisotropic gels
(Beihang University)
FY 2013
Linlin Wu
Anisotropically conducting gels
(Nanjing Tech. University)
Masataka Ohtani
Carbon nanomaterials
(Kochi University of Technology)
Reika Luo
Office administration
FY 2012
Jeongho Lee
Carbon nanotubes
Ryoich Matsui
Phospholipid nanosheets
Shingo Tamesue
Nanocomposite hydrogels
(Utsunomiya University)
Laura Maggini
Carbon nanotubes
(University of Vienna)
Mika Hikawa
Office administration
FY 2011
Achalkumar A. Sudhakar
Supramolecular polymers
(Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati)
Vakayil K. Praveen
Supramolecular polymers
Qigang Wang
Nanocomposite hydrogels
(Tongji University)
Mayumi Nagata
Office administration

Ex Members in Academia