Tatsuhiko Ohto

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We have performed thermoelectric measurements of benzenedithiol (BDT) and C60 molecules with Ni and Au electrodes using a home-built scanning tunneling microscope. The thermopower of C60 was negative for both Ni and Au electrodes, indicating the transport of carriers through the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital in both cases, as was expected from the(More)
A single molecular resistive (conductance) switch via control of anchoring positions was examined by using a molecule consisting of more than two same anchors. For this purpose, we adopted the covered quaterthiophene (QT)-based molecular wire junction. The QT-based wire consisted of two thiophene ring anchors on each side; thus, shift of anchors was(More)
Superior long-range electric transport has been observed in several organometallic wires. Here, we discuss the role of the metal center in the electric transport and examine the possibility of high thermoelectric figure of merit (ZT) by controlling the quantum resonance effects. We examined a few metal center (and metal-free) terpyridine-based complexes by(More)
The interfacial structure of room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) controls many of the unique properties of RTILs, such as the high capacitance of RTILs and the efficiency of charge transport between RTILs and electrodes. RTILs have been experimentally shown to exhibit interfacial molecular layering structures over a 10 Å length scale. However, the(More)
Understanding aqueous interfaces at the molecular level is not only fundamentally important, but also highly relevant for a variety of disciplines. For instance, electrode-water interfaces are relevant for electrochemistry, as are mineral-water interfaces for geochemistry and air-water interfaces for environmental chemistry; water-lipid interfaces(More)
We present a novel scheme to construct a polarizable force field for liquid/solid interfaces, which takes into account the effect of the surface polarity induced by liquid-solid interactions explicitly. We extend the charge response kernel (CRK) method for molecules to solid surfaces by introducing the surface CRK. The CRK parameters are systematically(More)
Interfacial water structures have been studied intensively by probing the O-H stretch mode of water molecules using sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy. This surface-specific technique is finding increasingly widespread use, and accordingly, computational approaches to calculate SFG spectra using molecular dynamics (MD) trajectories of interfacial(More)
Free O-H groups of water are often found at the water-hydrophobic medium interface, e.g. for water contact with hydrophobic protein residues, or at the water-air interface. In surface-specific vibrational spectroscopic studies using sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy, free O-H groups are experimentally well characterized in the O-H stretch region(More)
The osmolyte molecule trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO) stabilizes the structure of proteins. As functional proteins are generally found in aqueous solutions, an important aspect of this stabilization is the interaction of TMAO with water. Here, we review, using vibrational spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations, recent studies on the structure and(More)
Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulations in trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO)-D2O solution are employed to elucidate the effects of TMAO on the reorientational dynamics of D2O molecules. By decomposing the O-D groups of the D2O molecules into specific subensembles, we reveal that water reorientational dynamics are retarded considerably in the vicinity of(More)