Tomoyuki Mochida

Graduate School of Science, Kobe University

Research AreasPhysical Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry
Participating Group (2018-2019)

Photogeneration of Soft Crystals Containing Metal Complexes

Ionic liquids, Metal complexes, Photochemical reactions, Coordination polymers, Soft matters
Co-Researcher: Ryo Sumitani (Graduate School of Science, Kobe University, Graduate student)

Research Outline

Solid metal complexes are commonly synthesized by solution reactions. However, we have recently devised a novel concept to photogenerate solid metal complexes from liquids consisting of metal complexes, or metal-containing ionic liquids. In this project, we aim to construct functional solids with unique structures based on this novel methodology and investigate their structures and functions. First, we apply the method to construct solid metal complexes with various dimensions and shapes. Second, we try to achieve flexible design of microstructures and functions. Third, we expand the concept via collaborative research to wide areas including materials chemistry of liquids, soft matters, and solids. Through this project, we aim to develop a wide range of metal-containing soft crystals by photoirradiation of liquids and to achieve control of their structures and functions.

Photogeneration of microporous amorphous coordination polymers from metal-containing ionic liquids



Academic papers/reviewed


  1. "Phase Transitions and Crystal Structures of Ionic Plastic Crystals Comprising Quaternary Ammonium Cations and Carborane Anion" H. Kimata, R. Sumitani, T. Mochida, Chem. Lett., 2019, 48, 859-862.
  2. "Synthesis and Reactivity of Cyclopentadienyl Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Tris(alkylthio)benzenes: Transformation Between Dinuclear and Sandwich-Type Complexes" R. Fan, R. Sumitani, *T. Mochida, ACS Omega, 5, 2034–2040 (2020).
  3. "Crystal Structures and Melting Behaviors of 2-D and 3-D Anionic Coordination Polymers Containing Organometallic Ionic Liquid Components" H. Kimata, *T. Mochida, Chem. Eur. J., 25, 10111–10117(2019).

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