Masaaki Fujii

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Plug and play: Photoinduced electron transfer occurs from photoexcited P700 in photosystem I (PSI) to a gold surface (see picture). A novel molecular connector system is used, in which an artificial molecular wire, which is assembled on the gold surface, was plugged into PSI by reconstitution. Analysis of the photoelectron transfer kinetics proved both the(More)
Sensory rhodopsin I (SRI) exists in the cell membranes of microorganisms such as the archaeon Halobacterium salinarum and is a photosensor responsible for positive and negative phototaxis. SRI forms a signaling complex with its cognate transducer protein, HtrI, in the membrane. That complex transmits light signals to the flagellar motor through changes in(More)
We performed infrared (IR) spectroscopic imaging of molecular species in cultured cell interiors of A549 cells using in-house developed vibrational sum-frequency generation detected IR super-resolution microscope. The spatial resolution of this IR microscope was approximately 1.1 microm, which exceeds the diffraction limit of IR light. Therefore, we clearly(More)
We have demonstrated a simple, high-energy, narrow spectral bandwidth optical parametric oscillator (OPO) by use of a large aperture periodically poled Mg-doped LiNbO(3) device with a volume Bragg grating (VBG). A free-running degenerate OPO pumped by a Q-switched 1.064 microm Nd:YAG laser exhibits maximum output pulse energy of 110 mJ with high slope(More)
We report on the first successful output of electrons directly from photosystem I (PSI) of thermophilic cyanobacteria to the gate of a field-effect transistor (FET) by bypassing electron flow via a newly designed molecular wire, i.e., artificial vitamin K(1), and a gold nanoparticle; in short, this newly manufactured photosensor employs a bio-functional(More)
Microbial organisms utilize light not only as energy sources but also as signals by which rhodopsins (containing retinal as a chromophore) work as photoreceptors. Sensory rhodopsin I (SRI) is a dual photoreceptor that regulates both negative and positive phototaxis in microbial organisms, such as the archaeon Halobacterium salinarum and the eubacterium(More)
We report single-cell infrared (IR) imaging of onion (Allium cepa) root cells using an IR super-resolution microscope based on vibrational sum-frequency generation (VSFG). The resolution of recorded IR images was less than 2 microm and IR super-resolution was achieved by virtue of the VSFG detection. In addition, IR spectra measurements were successfully(More)
A series of dendritic phenylazomethines (DPA), which have a meso-substituted zinc porphyrin core (DPAGX-ZnP, X = 1-4), were synthesized. Structural studies of these dendrimers were carried out using Tri-SEC (triple detection after size exclusion chromatography), intrinsic viscosity analysis, TEM (tunneling electron microscopy), and molecular modeling(More)
We point out that there is no cosmological gravitino problem in a certain class of gauge-mediated supersymmetry-breaking (GMSB) models. The constant term in the superpotential naturally causes small mixings between the standard-model and messenger fields, which give rise to late-time decays of the lightest messenger fields. This decay provides an exquisite(More)