Kenji Higashiguchi

Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering
Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510, Japan
Phone: +81-75-383-2745, Fax: +81-75-383-2741
E-mail: higashi(at)


  • 1999 B. Eng., Chemistry, Kyushu University
  • 2001 M. Eng., Chemistry, Kyushu University
  • 2004 D. Eng., Chemistry, Kyushu University
  • Advisor: Professor Masahiro Irie

Professional Experience

  • 2004-2005 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo
  • 2006-2008 Postdoctral Fellow, Institute for Material Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University
  • 2008-2019 Assistant Professor, Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Kyoto University
  • 2019- Lecturer, Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Kyoto University

Research Interests

Photochemistry, Structural Color, Supramolecular Structure

Selected Publications

  1. Photoinduced Macroscopic Morphological Transformation of an Amphiphilic Diarylethene Assembly: Reversible Dynamic Motion
    K. Higashiguchi*, G. Taira, J.-i. Kitai, T. Hirose, and K. Matsuda*
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 2722-2729.
  2. Evaluation of beta Value of Phenylene Ethynylene Unit by Probing Exchange Interaction between Two Nitronyl Nitroxides
    M. Shinomiya, K. Higashiguchi, and K. Matsuda*
    J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 9282-9290.
  3. Solvent-Responsive Structural Colored Balloons
    K. Higashiguchi*, M. Inoue, T. Oda, and K. Matsuda*
    Langmuir 2012, 28, 5432-5437.
  4. Direct Observation of Polymer-Stabilized Blue Phase I Structure with Confocal Laser Scanning Microscope
    K. Higashiguchi, K. Yasui, and H. Kikuchi*
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008, 130, 6326-6327.
  5. Full-Color Photochromism of a Fused Dithienylethene Trimer
    K. Higashiguchi, K. Matsuda,* N. Tanifuji, and M. Irie*
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2005, 127, 8922-8923.
  6. Fatigue Mechanism of Photochromic 1,2-Bis(2,5-dimethyl-3-thienyl)perfluorocyclopentene
    K. Higashiguchi, K. Matsuda, S. Kobatake, T. Yamada, T. Kawai, and M. Irie*
    Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn. 2000, 73, 2389-2394.