Kenji Matsuda

Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering Kyoto University, Katsura, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto 615-8510, Japan
Phone: +81-75-383-2738, Fax: +81-75-383-2739


  • B. S., Chemistry, The University of Tokyo (1992)
  • M. S., Chemistry, The University of Tokyo (1994)
  • Ph. D., Chemistry, The University of Tokyo (1997)
  • Advisor: Professor Hiizu Iwamura

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, The University of Tokyo, 1994-1995
  • Assistant Professor, Institute for Fundamental Research of Organic Chemistry, Kyushu University, 1995-1998
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kyushu University, 1998-2004
  • Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Kyushu University, 2004-2008
  • Professor, Department of Synthetic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry, Kyoto University, 2008-present
  • JSPS researcher, University of Illinois, USA (Prof. Jeffrey S. Moore), 2001-2002
  • PRESTO research project leader, 2003-2007
  • Invited Professor, University of Rennes 1, France, 2011
  • Invited Professor, ENS Cachan, France, 2015


  • Chemical Society of Japan Award for Young Scientist, 2004
  • Nozoe Memorial Award for Young Scientist, 2006
  • Teaching Award, School of Engineering, Kyushu University, 2008
  • Japanese Photochemistry Association Award, 2016

Research Interests

Physical organic chemistry for molecular electronics and highly functional materials

Selected Publications

  1. T. Sakano, K. Higashiguchi, K. Matsuda,
    "Comparison of Molecular Conductance between Planar and Twisted 4-Phenylpyridines by Means of Two-Dimensional Phase Separation of Tetraphenylporphyrin Templates at a Liquid-HOPG Interface",
    Chem. Commum.2011,47, 8427-8429.
  2. T. Hirose, K. Higashiguchi, K. Matsuda,
    "Self-Assembly and Aggregate-Induced Enhanced Emission of Amphiphilic Fluorescence Dyes in Water and in the Solid State",
    Chem. Asian J.2011,6, 1057-1063.
  3. K. Matsuda, H. Yamaguchi, T. Sakano, M. Ikeda, N. Tanifuji, M. Irie,
    "Conductance Photoswitching of Diarylethene-Gold Nanoparticle Network Induced by Photochromic Reaction",
    J. Phys. Chem. C2008,112, 17005-17010.
  4. R. Arai, S. Uemura, M. Irie, K. Matsuda,
    "Reversible Photoinduced Change in Molecular Ordering of Diarylethene Derivatives at a Solution-HOPG Interface",
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2008,130, 9371-9379.
  5. N. Tanifuji, M. Irie, K. Matsuda,
    "New Photoswitching Unit for Magnetic Interaction: Diarylethene with 2,5- Bis(arylethynyl)3-thienyl Group",
    J. Am. Chem. Soc.2005,127, 13344-13353.
  6. K. Matsuda, M. T. Stone, J. S. Moore,
    "Helical Pitch of m-Phenylene Ethynylene Foldamers by Double Spin Labeling",
    J. Am. Chem. Soc.2002,124, 11836-11837.
  7. K. Matsuda, M. Irie,
    "A Diarylethene with Two Nitronyl Nitroxides: Photoswitching of Intramolecular Magnetic Interaction",
    J. Am. Chem. Soc.2000,122, 7195-7201.
  8. K. Matsuda, N. Nakamura, K. Takahashi, K. Inoue, N. Koga, H. Iwamura,
    "Design, Synthesis, and Characterization of Three Kinds of π-Cross-Conjugated Hexacarbenes with High-Spin (S = 6) Ground States",
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1995,117, 5550-5560.