Osami Sakata

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The rational assembly of ultrathin films of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)--highly ordered microporous materials--with well-controlled growth direction and film thickness is a critical and as yet unrealized issue for enabling the use of MOFs in nanotechnological devices, such as sensors, catalysts and electrodes for fuel cells. Here we report the facile(More)
The spatial organization of porous coordination polymer (PCP) crystals into higher-order structures is critical for their integration into separation systems, heterogeneous catalysts, ion/electron transport and photonic devices. Here, we demonstrate a rapid method to spatially control the nucleation site, leading to the formation of mesoscopic architecture(More)
Flexible porous coordination polymers change their structure in response to molecular incorporation but recover their original configuration after the guest has been removed. We demonstrated that the crystal downsizing of twofold interpenetrated frameworks of [Cu(2)(dicarboxylate)(2)(amine)](n) regulates the structural flexibility and induces a shape-memory(More)
Layer-structured metal-organic framework (MOF) nanofilms (NAFS-2) consisting of 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (H(2)TCPP) molecules and copper ion metal linkers were assembled on a gold or a silicon surface by applying a solution-based layer-by-layer growth technique coupled with the Langmuir-Blodgett method. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction(More)
MOF on MOF: Core-shell porous coordination polymer (PCP) crystals are fabricated at the single-crystal level by epitaxial growth in solution. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements unveiled the structural relationship between the shell crystal and the core crystal, where in-plane rotational epitaxial growth compensates the difference in lattice constant.
We figured out periodic undulations of lamellae "zigzags" in liquid crystals under confinement by glass and patterned silicon hybrid cell, but in the absence of applied fields. The optical and internal structures of zigzags have been investigated from mesoscopic scale to molecular level by convoluting real and reciprocal space probes, such as polarized(More)
Crystal extractor: heterostructured porous coordination polymer crystals fabricated using epitaxial growth have two contradictory porous functions, namely size selectivity and high storage. The crystals not only extract linear petroleum molecules from a mixture with its branched isomer, even at very low concentrations of linear isomer (1 wt %), but also(More)
Fabrication of a crystalline ordered thin film based on the porous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) is one of the practical applications of the future functional nanomaterials. Here, we report the creation of a highly oriented three-dimensional (3-D) porous pillared-layer-type MOF thin film on a metal substrate using a step-by-step approach based on(More)
Layer-by-layer bottom-up crystal engineering of metal-organic crystals at the surface of sapphire or glass from organic (rubeanic acid and derivatives) and inorganic (Cu(2+)) components which when mixed in solution form instantly an amorphous solid with high proton conduction.