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Assistant Professor Akitaka Ito

Ph.D., Hokkaido University, Japan, 2010
Year of birth 1982 Gender Male
Affiliation School of Environmental Science and Engineering
Research Center for Materials Science and Engineering, Research Institute
Job titles
Personal web site http://www.scsci.kochi-tech.ac.jp/akito/

Areas of specialization Photochemistry
Coordination Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Laboratory/research office Laboratory for Photofunctional Chemistry
This laboratory focuses on the development and detailed characterization of light-absorbing and emitting materials, toward a variety of photochemical applications such as sensors, light-emitting diodes, dye-sensitized solar cells and artificial-photosynthesis systems.
Current reseach topics
Educational background 2010: Doctor, Hokkaido University, Japan
2007: Master, Hokkaido University, Japan
2005: Bachelor, Hokkaido University, Japan
Professional background 2013-2016: Assistant Professor, Osaka City University
2011-2013: Postdoctoral Research Associate, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2011-2011: Postdoctoral Fellow, Hokkaido University
2010-2011: Research Fellow, Hokkaido University
Academic societies American Chemical Society
The Chemical Society of Japan
The Chemical Society of Kochi
The Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry
The Japan Photochemistry Association
The Photofunctional Complexes Research Association Japan
Association of Research for Host-Guest and Supramolecular Chemistry
The Society of Pure & Applied Coordination Chemistry
Chemical Frontier Workshop

Courses  * Courses provided in English are shown with (E) mark

Undergraduate school ▼

Inorganic Chemistry
Analytical Chemistry
Physical Chemistry
Chemical Experiments
Chemical Exercise

Graduate school ▼

Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Research activities

Research papers ▼

  1. Authors: Yuanyuan Kang, Akitaka Ito, Eri Sakuda, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: Characteristic Spectroscopic and Photophysical Properties of Tricarbonyl Rhenium(I) Complexes Having Multiple Arylborane Charge Transfer Units
    Journal: Bulletin of the Chemical Society of Japan, Vol. 90, No. 5, pp. 574-585, The Chemical Society of Japan
    Year: 2017/05/01
  2. Authors: Akitaka Ito, Nozomi Kobayashi, Yoshio Teki
    Title: Low-Energy and Long-Lived Emission from Polypyridyl Ruthenium(II) Complexes Having A Stable-Radical Substituent
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 56, No. 7, pp. 3794-3808, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2017/04/03
  3. Authors: Akitaka Ito, Masumi Hinoshita, Ken Kato, Yoshio Teki
    Title: Excited-State Dynamics and Spin-Exchange Coupling of Anthracene–Verdazyl Radical in Frozen Glass Matrix Investigated by Transient Absorption Spectroscopy
    Journal: Chemistry Letters, Vol. 45, No. 11, pp. 1324-1326, The Chemical Society of Japan
    Year: 2016/11/01
  4. Authors: Maxim A. Mikhailov, Konstantin A. Brylev, Pavel A. Abramov, Eri Sakuda, Soichiro Akagi, Akitaka Ito, Noboru Kitamura, Maxim N. Sokolov
    Title: Synthetic Tuning of Redox, Spectroscopic, and Photophysical Properties of {Mo6I8}4+ Core Cluster Complexes by Terminal Carboxylate Ligands
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 55, No. 17, pp. 8437-8445, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2016/09/01
  5. Authors: Koichi Katayama, Masakazu Hirotsu, Akitaka Ito, Yoshio Teki
    Title: Fluorescence Behaviour of An Anthracene–BODIPY System Affected by Spin States of a Dioxolene–Cobalt Centre
    Journal: Dalton Transactions, Vol. 45, No. 25, pp. 10165-10172, Royal Society of Chemistry
    Year: 2016/06/01
  6. Authors: Akihiro Shimizu, Akitaka Ito, Yoshio Teki
    Title: Photostability Enhancement of The Pentacene Derivative Having Two Nitronyl Nitroxide Radical Substituents
    Journal: Chemical Communications, Vol. 52, No. 14, pp. 2889-2892, Royal Society of Chemistry
    Year: 2016/02/18
  7. Authors: Atsushi Nakagawa, Eri Sakuda, Akitaka Ito, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: Remarkably Intense Emission from Ruthenium(II) Complexes Having with Multi-Borane Centers
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 54, No. 21, pp. 10287-10295, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2015/11/01
  8. Authors: Yuanyuan Kang, Akitaka Ito, Eri Sakuda, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: Diimine Ligand Structure Effects on Photophysical Properties of Tricarbonyl Rhenium(I) Complexes Having Arylborane Charge Transfer Units
    Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry, Vol. 313, pp. 107-116, Elsevier
    Year: 2015/10/01
  9. Authors: Kassio P. S. Zanoni, Akitaka Ito, Neyde Y. Murakami Iha
    Title: Molecular-Engineered [Ir(Fppy)2(Mepic)] towards Efficient Blue-Emission
    Journal: New Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 39, No. 8, pp. 6367-6376, Royal Society of Chemistry
    Year: 2015/07/01
  10. Authors: Eri Sakuda, Chiaki Matsumoto, Yuki Ando, Akitaka Ito, Kousuke Mochida, Atsushi Nakagawa, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: Dual Emissions from Ruthenium(II) Complexes Having 4-Arylethynyl-1,10-phenanthroline at Low Temperature
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 54, No. 7, pp. 3245-3252, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2015/04/01
  11. Authors: Zhen Fang, Akitaka Ito, Hanlin Luo, Dennis L. Ashford, Javier J. Concepcion, Leila Alibabaei, Thomas J. Meyer
    Title: Polypyridyl Ru(II)-Derivatized Polypropylacrylate Polymer with a Terminal Water Oxidation Catalyst. Application of Reversible Addition-Fragmentation Chain Transfer Polymerization
    Journal: Dalton Transactions, Vol. 44, No. 18, pp. 8640-8648, Royal Society of Chemistry
    Year: 2015/04/01
  12. Authors: Akitaka Ito, Troy E. Knight, David J. Stewart, M. Kyle Brennaman, Thomas J. Meyer
    Title: Rigid Medium Effects on Photophysical Properties of MLCT Excited States of Polypyridyl Os(II) Complexes in Polymerized Poly(ethylene glycol)dimethacrylate Monoliths
    Journal: The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Vol. 118, No. 45, pp. 10326-10332, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2014/11/01
  13. Authors: Akitaka Ito, Akihiro Shimizu, Noriaki Kishida, Yusuke Kawanaka, Daisuke Kosumi, Hideki Hashimoto, Yoshio Teki
    Title: Excited-State Dynamics of Pentacene Derivatives with Stable Radical Substituents
    Journal: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol. 53, No. 26, pp. 6715-6719, Wiley-VCH
    Year: 2014/06/01
  14. Authors: Zhen Fang, Shahar Keinan, Leila Alibabaei, Hanlin Luo, Akitaka Ito, Thomas J. Meyer
    Title: Controlled Electropolymerization of Ruthenium(II) Vinylbipyridyl Complexes in Mesoporous Nanoparticle Films of TiO2
    Journal: Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol. 53, No. 19, pp. 4872-4876, Wiley-VCH
    Year: 2014/05/01
  15. Authors: Kassio P. S. Zanoni, Bruna K. Kariyazaki, Akitaka Ito, M. Kyle Brennaman, Thomas J. Meyer, Neyde Y. Murakami Iha
    Title: Blue-Green Iridium(III) Emitter and Comprehensive Photophysical Elucidation of Heteroleptic Cyclometalated Iridium(III) Complexes
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 53, No. 8, pp. 4089-4099, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2014/04/01
  16. Authors: Akitaka Ito, Kazuyoshi Kawanishi, Eri Sakuda, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: Synthetic Control of Spectroscopic and Photophysical Properties of Triarylborane Derivatives Having Peripheral Electron-Donating Groups
    Journal: Chemistry – A European Journal, Vol. 20, No. 14, pp. 3940-3953, Wiley-VCH
    Year: 2014/04/01
  17. Authors: Akitaka Ito, Zhen Fang, M. Kyle Brennaman, Thomas J. Meyer
    Title: Long-Range Photoinduced Electron Transfer Dynamics in Rigid Media
    Journal: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 16, No. 10, pp. 4880-4891, Royal Society of Chemistry
    Year: 2014/03/01
  18. Authors: Caleb A. Kent, Demin Liu, Akitaka Ito, Teng Zheng, M. Kyle Brennaman, Thomas J. Meyer, Wenbin Lin
    Title: Rapid Energy Transfer in Non-Porous Metal-Organic Frameworks with Caged Ru(bpy)32+ Chromophores: Oxygen Trapping and Luminescence Quenching
    Journal: Journal of Materials Chemistry A, Vol. 1, No. 47, pp. 14982-14989, Royal Society of Chemistry
    Year: 2013/11/01
  19. Authors: Zhen Fang, Akitaka Ito, Andrew Stuart, Hanlin Luo, Zuofeng Chen, Kizhanipuram Vinodgopal, Wei You, Thomas J. Meyer, Darlene K. Taylor
    Title: Soluble Reduced Graphene Oxide Sheets Grafted with Polypyridylruthenium Derivatized Polystyrene Brushes as Light Harvesting Antenna for Photovoltaic Applications
    Journal: ACS Nano, Vol. 7, No. 9, pp. 7992-8002, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2013/09/01
  20. Authors: Wenjing Song, Akitaka Ito, Robert A. Binstead, Kenneth Hanson, Hanlin Luo, M. Kyle Brennaman, Javier J. Concepcion, Thomas J. Meyer
    Title: Accumulation of Multiple Catalytic Equivalents at a Single Site by Cross-Surface Electron Transfer on TiO2
    Journal: Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol. 135, No. 31, pp. 11587-11594, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2013/08/01
  21. Authors: Zhen Fang, Akitaka Ito, Shahar Keinan, Zuofeng Chen, Zoe Watson, Jason Rochette, Yosuke Kanai, Darlene Taylor, Kirk S. Schanze, Thomas J. Meyer
    Title: Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization Preparation and Photophysical Properties of Polypyridylruthenium Derivatized Polystyrenes
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 52, No. 15, pp. 8511-8520, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2013/08/01
  22. Authors: Hayato Ikeda, Akitaka Ito, Eri Sakuda, Noboru Kitamura, Tsutomu Takayama, Tsutomu Sekine, Atsushi Shinohara, Takashi Yoshimura
    Title: Excited-State Characteristics of Tetracyanidonitridorhenium(V) and -technetium(V) Complexes with N-heteroaromatic Ligands
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 52, No. 11, pp. 6319-6327, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2013/06/01
  23. Authors: Akitaka Ito, David J. Stewart, Troy E. Knight, Zhen Fang, M. Kyle Brennaman, Thomas J. Meyer
    Title: Excited-State Dynamics in Rigid Media: Evidence for Long-Range Energy Transfer
    Journal: The Journal of Physical Chemistry B, Vol. 117, No. 12, pp. 3428-3438, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2013/03/01
  24. Authors: Hayato Ikeda, Takashi Yoshimura, Akitaka Ito, Eri Sakuda, Noboru Kitamura, Tsutomu Takayama, Tsutomu Sekine, Atsushi Shinohara
    Title: Photoluminescence Switching with Changes in Coordination Number and Coordinating Volatile Organic Compounds in Tetracyanidonitrido Rhenium(V) and Technetium(V) Complexes
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 51, No. 22, pp. 12065-12074, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2012/11/01
  25. Authors: Akitaka Ito, Thomas J. Meyer
    Title: The Golden Rule. Application for Fun and Profit in Electron Transfer, Energy Transfer, and Excited-State Decay
    Journal: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 14, No. 40, pp. 13731-13745, Royal Society of Chemistry
    Year: 2012/10/01
  26. Authors: Akitaka Ito, David J. Stewart, Zhen Fang, M. Kyle Brennaman, Thomas J. Meyer
    Title: Sensitization of Ultra-Long-Range Excited-State Electron Transfer by Energy Transfer in a Polymerized Film
    Journal: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Vol. 109, No. 38, pp. 15132-15135, United States National Academy of Sciences
    Year: 2012/09/01
  27. Authors: Akitaka Ito, Yuanyuan Kang, Shota Saito, Eri Sakuda, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: Photophysical and Photoredox Characteristics of a Novel Tricarbonyl Rhenium(I) Complex Having an Arylborane-Appended Aromatic Diimine Ligand
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 51, No. 14, pp. 7722-7732, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2012/07/01
  28. Authors: Kenneth Hanson, M. Kyle Brennaman, Akitaka Ito, Hanlin Luo, Kelsey Parker, Rudresh Ghosh, Wenjing Song, Michael R. Norris, Christopher R. K. Glasson, Javier J. Concepcion, Rene Lopez, Thomas J. Meyer
    Title: Structure–Property Relationships of Phosphonate-Derivatized, RuII Polypyridyl Dyes on Metal Oxide Surfaces in an Aqueous Environment
    Journal: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, Vol. 116, No. 28, pp. 14837-14847, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2012/07/01
  29. Authors: Eri Sakuda, Mai Tanaka, Akitaka Ito, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: Dynamic Emission Quenching of a Novel Ruthenium(II) Complex by Carbon Dioxide in Solution
    Journal: RSC Advances, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 1296-1298, Royal Society of Chemistry
    Year: 2012/01/01
  30. Authors: Takashi Yoshimura, Shoji Ishizaka, Tatsuya Kashiwa, Akitaka Ito, Eri Sakuda, Atsushi Shinohara, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: Direct Observaion of {Re6(μ3-S)8} Core-to-ligand Charge Transfer Excited State in Octahedral Hexarhenium Complex
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 50, No. 20, pp. 9918-9920, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2011/10/01
  31. Authors: Eri Sakuda, Yuki Ando, Akitaka Ito, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: Long-lived and Temperature-independent Emission from a Ruthenium(II) Complex Having an Arylborane Charge Transfer Unit
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 50, No. 5, pp. 1603-1613, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2011/03/01
  32. Authors: Akitaka Ito, Takeo Hirokawa, Eri Sakuda, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: Bright Green-Phosphorescence from Metal-to-Boron Charge Transfer Excited State of a Novel Cyclometalated Iridium(III) Complex
    Journal: Chemistry Letters, Vol. 40, No. 1, pp. 34-36, Chemical Society of Japan
    Year: 2011/01/01
  33. Authors: Eri Sakuda, Yuki Ando, Akitaka Ito, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: Extremely Large Dipole Moment in the Excited Singlet State of Tris{[p-(N,N-dimethylamino)phenylethynyl]duryl}borane
    Journal: The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, Vol. 114, No. 34, pp. 9144-9150, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2010/09/01
  34. Authors: Konstantin A. Brylev, Yuri V. Mironov, Vladimir E. Fedorov, Sung-Jin Kim, Hans-Jürgen Pietzsch, Holger Stephan, Akitaka Ito, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: A New Hexanuclear Rhenium Cluster Complex with Six Terminal Acetate Ligands: Synthesis, Structure, and Properties of K4[Re6S8(CH3COO)6]∙8H2O
    Journal: Inorganica Chimica Acta, Vol. 363, No. 11, pp. 2686-2691, Elsevier
    Year: 2010/08/01
  35. Authors: Akitaka Ito, Shoji Ishizaka, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: A Ratiometric TICT-type Dual Fluorescent Sensor for an Amino Acid
    Journal: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, Vol. 12, No. 25, pp. 6641-6649, Royal Society of Chemistry
    Year: 2010/07/01
  36. Authors: Konstantin A. Brylev, Yuri V. Mironov, Svetlana G. Kozlova, Vladimir E. Fedorov, Sung-Jin Kim, Hans-Jürgen Pietzsch, Holger Stephan, Akitaka Ito, Shoji Ishizaka, Noboru Kitamura
    Title: The First Octahedral Cluster Complexes With Terminal Formate Ligands: Synthesis, and Properties of K4[Re6S8(HCOO)6] and Cs4[Re6S8(HCOO)6]
    Journal: Inorganic Chemistry, Vol. 48, No. 5, pp. 2309-2315, American Chemical Society
    Year: 2009/03/01

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Invited lectures ▼

Notable projects ▼

Awards ▼

  1. CSJ Presentation Award 2015, Chemical Society of Japan, 2015
  2. CSJ Student Presentation Award 2009, Chemical Society of Japan, 2009

Patents ▼

  2. METAL COMPLEX AND ELEMENT USING SAME, Application PCT/JP2011/070722, Publication WO/2012/036119

Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research from the Japanese government ▼

Competitive research funds ▼

Social activities

Committee roles ▼

  1. Committee, Host-Guest Chemistry Symposium 2016
  2. Committee/Program Committee, Annual Meeting on Photochemistry 2015

Published books ▼