Toshiyuki Itoh, Ph.D, FRSC
Speaker's Institution
Tottori University
4:00 pm
Chemistry A101
Mixer Time
3:45 pm
Mixer Time
Chemistry B101E
Calendar (ICS) Event
Additional Information

About the Seminar:

Ionic liquids (ILs) have attracted growing interest among the various fields of science and technology because of their characteristics, such as less-volatility, less-flammability, high ion conductivity, and unique solubility towards many organic and inorganic compounds [1]. We have been investigating the possibility of ILs for both the materials sciences and organic syntheses for over two decades in ten fields illustrated in Figure 1, such as reaction media for enzymatic reactions or transition metal-catalyzed reactions, dissolving agents of cellulose and lignin, lubricants, electrolyte for lithium ion batteries, agents for improved performances of conducting-bridge random access memory (CB-RAM) etc. Among these topics, I will speak focus on two topics in different fields, i.e., (1) activation of enzymatic reactions [2] and (2) improved performance of a next generation memory device CB-RAM using the IL engineering [3].

Figure 1. Ten Research projects of the Itoh’s group using ionic liquids

[1] Hallett, J. P.; Welton, T. Chem. Rev. 2011, 111, 3508.
[2] Itoh, T. Chem. Rev. 2017, 117, 10567; Nishihara, T.; Shiomi, A.; Kadotani, S.; Nokami, T.; Itoh, T. Green Chem. 2017, 19, 5250; Kadotani, S.; Inagaki, R.; Nishihara, T.; Nokami, T.; Itoh, T. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2017, 5, 8541; Kadotani, S.; Nokami, T.; Itoh, T. Tetrahedron, 2019, 75, 441-447.
[3] Harada, A.; Yamaoka, H.; Ogata, R.; Watanabe, K.; Kinoshita, K.; Kishida, S.; Nokami, T.; Itoh, T., J. Mater. Chem. C, 2015, 3, 6966; Harada, A.; Yamaoka, H.; Tojo, S.; Watanabe, K.; Sakaguchi, A.; Kinoshita, K.; Kishida, S.; Fukaya, Y.; Matsumoto, K.; Hagiwara, R.; Sakaguchi, H.; Nokami, T.; Itoh, T. J. Mater. Chem. C, 2016, 4, 7215; Yamaoka, H.; Yamashita, T.; Harada, A.; Sakaguchi, A.; Kinoshita, K.; Kishida, S.; Hayase, S.; Nokami, T.; Itoh, T. Chem. Lett. 2017, 46, 1832.


About the Speaker:

Professor Toshiyuki Itoh was born in Matsusaka city, Mie, Japan, in 1954. He graduated Tokyo University of Education in 1976. After working as a chemistry teacher in high schools in Mie prefecture, he decided to go back to the University and received his Ph.D. degree in 1986 from the University of Tokyo. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Okayama University in 1987, then promoted to Associate Professor in 1990. He worked with Professor Anthony G. M. Barrett as a visiting scholar at Colorado State University in 1990-1991 and moved to Tottori University in 2002, where he was promoted to full Professor in 2004 and retired March 2019. He is recipient of the Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry Japan Award (2010) and the 8th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Award (2009). He served as President of the Society of Fluorine Chemistry, Japan (2013~2015), a director of the Chemical Society of Japan (2016~2018), and the representative of the managing committee of the Ionic Liquids Research Association, Japan (2014 ~ 2017).

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