Research Interests

Proteins can perform extremely useful and ingenious functions in nature. We investigate new chemistry to create unique bionanomaterials using genetic engineering, chemical conjugation, and molecular assembly of proteins. Our investigation also involves their practical applications in medical treatment and advanced technology.

Recent results appeared as journal cover images

News and Topics

19.04.08
Our artificial blood has been published and introduced in high shool English textbook.
19.04.05
Our proteins arrived the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" on the International Space Station by the Progress spacecraft for the protein crystal growth experiment [Cooperation with JAXA].
19.04.01
Nine new students joined our group.
19.03.18
Our article on "Enzyme Microtube Motor" was published in Chemistry.
19.03.14
Keisuke Igarashi (M2) and Natsuho Sugai (M1) have been awarded "32nd Shibuya Kenichi Prize, Chuo University".
19.02.26
Our research paper on "Recombinant hemoglobin cluster" was published in ChemBioChem.
19.02.14
Our research paper on "Preparation of Artifical Oxygen-Carrier" (joint research with Kumamoto Univ.) was published in ACS Omega.
18.12.25
Our research paper on "Safety Evaluation of Artifical Oxygen-Carrier" (joint research with Tokai Univ. etc.) was published in Art. Cells Nanomed. Biotechnol..
18.12.20
Our research paper on "Quaternary Structure of Artificial Oxygen-Carrier" (joint research with JAXA) was published in J. Phys. Chem. B.
18.11.21
Natsuho Sugai (M1) gave an invited presentation in 27th Polymer Material Forum (Tokyo).
18.10.04
Our research paper on "Microtube Reactor" was published in Chem. Asian J..
18.07.30
Keisuke Igarashi (M2) has been awarded "Poster Prize" in 68th JSCC Conference (Sendai).
18.07.27
Our research paper on "Protein Microtube Motor" was published in ACS Appl. Nano Mater. "Cover Image".
18.07.25
Our research paper on "Cerebral Infarction" (joint research with Hokkaido Univ.) was published in Stroke.
18.06.14
Natsuho Sugai (M1) has been awarded "Poster Award 2018" in 67th SPSJ Annual Meeting (Nagoya).
18.06.06
Prof. Komatsu appeared in a TV News program (MBS TV).
18.04.26
Our research paper on "Artificial Blood for Cats" (joint research with JAXA) was published in J. Mater. Chem. B "Cover Image" and highlighted by Chemistry World (RSC). [Chuo Univ. News]
18.04.02
Prof. Komatsu appeared in a radio program.
18.04.02
Seven new students joined our group.
18.03.26
Our proteins arrived the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" on the International Space Station by the Soyuz spacecraft for the protein crystal growth experiment [Cooperation with JAXA]. [Chuo Univ. News]
18.03.24
Prof. Komatsu appeared in a TV program (BS Asahi).
18.03.20
We developed "Artificial Blood for Cats", and the research was introduced in Japanese newspapers.
18.03.19
Ryosuke Funaki (D1), Yoko Nakai (M2), and Tasuya Mitsuda (M1) have been awarded "31st Shibuya Kenichi Prize, Chuo University".
18.03.19
Natsuho Sugai (B4) has been awarded "2nd Gakuinkai Kaicho Encouragement Prize, Chuo University".
17.12.09
Ryosuke Funaki (D1) has been awarded "Excellent Lecture Prize " in 24th Annual Meeting of the Society of Blood Substitutes, Japan.
17.11.18
Tasuya Mitsuda (M1) has been awarded "Poster Prize" in 7th CSJ Chemitry Festa 2017 (Tokyo).
17.10.02
Tatsuya Mitsuda (M1) has been awarded "Poster Award 2017" in 66th Symposium on Macromolecules (Matsuyama).
17.08.30
Yoko Nakai (M2) has been awarded "Poster Presentation Award" in IUPAC 17th International Symposium on MacroMolecular Complexes (MMC-17, Tokyo).
17.08.01
Dr. Norishige Kanai (JAXA Astronaut) visited our lab.
17.06.26
Wataru Okamoto (B4) has been awarded "Dean Prize, Chuo University".
17.04.25
Our proteins arrived the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" on the International Space Station by the Soyuz spacecraft for the protein crystal growth experiment [Cooperation with JAXA].
17.04.13
Our research paper on "Self-Propelled Protein Microtube" was published in Chem. Eur. J. "Cover Image" and highlighted by Chemistry World (RSC).
17.04.01
Dr. Yoshitsugu Morita (Assistant Professor) and nine new students joined our group.