Takashi Tachikawa

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Singlet oxygen ((1)O2), molecular oxygen in the lowest excited state, has a critical role in the cell-killing mechanism of photodynamic therapy (PDT). Although (1)O2 phosphorescence measurement has been mainly used to monitor (1)O2 formation during PDT, its intensity is far insufficient to obtain two-dimensional images of intracellular (1)O2 with the(More)
The higher-order structures of semiconductor-based photocatalysts play crucial roles in their physicochemical properties for efficient light-to-energy conversion. A novel perovskite SrTiO3 mesocrystal superstructure with well-defined orientation of assembled cubic nanocrystals was synthesized by topotactic epitaxy from TiO2 mesocrystals through a facile(More)
The one-electron reduction of methyl viologen (MV(2+)) mediated by the carbon dioxide radical anion (CO(2)(*-)) during photocatalytic reactions in a colloidal TiO(2) aqueous solution (pH 2) has been investigated by time-resolved absorption spectroscopy. The formation of MV(*+) generated from the one-electron reduction reaction with CO(2)(*-), which is(More)
TiO(2)/DNA nanoconjugates were successfully fabricated by using the catechol moiety as a binding functional group, which was confirmed by steady-state absorption and fluorescence spectroscopies. Upon UV irradiation, the photocatalytic cleavage of the TiO(2)/DNA nanoconjugates was observed at the single-molecule level by using wide-field fluorescence(More)
Plasmonic photocatalysts were successfully synthesized by the modification of TiO2 mesocrystals with Au nanoparticles (NPs) by a simple impregnation method. The Au NP sensitizers show a strong photoelectrochemical response in the visible-light region (400-800 nm) due to their surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The diffuse reflectance spectroscopy measurements(More)
Nanostructured metal oxide semiconductors, such as TiO(2) and ZnO, have attracted great attention as the promising material for photovoltaic devices, photocatalysts for water splitting and environmental purification, sensors, batteries, etc. In this critical review, we have focused on the on-site observation of interfacial chemical reactions involving(More)
Plasmonic bimetal nanostructures can be used to drive the conventional catalytic reactions efficiently at low temperature with the utilization of solar energy. This work developed Pd-modified Au nanorods, which work as the light absorber and the catalytically active site simultaneously, and exhibit efficient plasmon-enhanced catalytic formic acid(More)
Pt-modified Au nanorods (NRs) synthesized by anisotropic overgrowth were used for producing H2 under visible and near-infrared light irradiation. The Pt-tipped sample exhibited much higher activity compared with fully covered samples. Using single-particle spectroscopies combined with transmission electron microscopy, we observed obvious quenching phenomena(More)
We have investigated the photocatalytic activity of individual porous TiO(2) nanotubes by the single-molecule counting of (*)OH using a specific fluorescent probe. The time- and space-resolved observation of emissive fluorescein generated by the photocatalytic reaction clearly reveals the importance of the transport behavior of reagents through the porous(More)