Researcher Information


Assistant Professor

Frontier in Functional Chemistry by Combining Surface Chemistry with Nonlinear and Nonequilibrium Chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Physical Chemistry


Revealing impacts of hybrid quantum states between light and matter on electron transfer reactions and exploration of its applicability

FieldPhysical chemistry, Nonlinear science, Nonequilibrium chemistry, Surface chemistry, Colloid chemistry, Electrochemistry
KeywordSelf-assembly, Nanoparticles, Water electrolysis, Plasmon, Strong coupling

Introduction of Research

When electromagnetic waves are confined in a small space, a quantum superposition with matter’s vibrational or electronic energies occurs, forming a new hybridized energy state called polariton due to a strong coupling between a field and matter. In this research, we create a cavity and structured electrodes that can show strong coupling, and investigate conditions to achieve such a unique state of various materials in a material-selective and efficient manner experimentally and theoretically. Furthermore, by combining these conditions with electron transfer reactions, including various electrochemical reactions, we investigate the impacts of strong coupling on these reactions and explore possibilities to apply strong coupling to material sciences.

Representative Achievements

Oppositely Charged Nanoparticles Precipitate Not Only at the Point of Overall Electroneutrality, M. Itatani, G. Holló, D. Zámbó, H. Nakanishi, A. Deák, and I. Lagzi, J. Phys. Chem. Lett. ,2023, 14 , 9003–9010.
Synthesis of Zeolitic Imidazolate Framework-8 Using Glycerol Carbonate, M. Itatani, N. Német, N. Valletti, G. Schuszter, P. Prete, P. L. Nostro, R. Cucciniello, F. Rossi, and I. Lagzi, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng.,2023, 11, 13043–13049.
Effect of the Polarity of Solvents on Periodic Precipitation: Formation of Hierarchical Revert Liesegang Patterns, G. Holló, D. Zámbó, A. Deák, F. Rossi, R. Cucciniello, P. L. Nostro, H. Nabika, B. Baytekin, I. Lagzi, and M. Itatani, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2022, 126, 8322–8330.
Phase separation mechanism for a unified understanding of dissipative pattern formation in a Liesegang system, M. Itatani, Q. Fang, I. Lagzi, and H. Nabika, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2022, 24, 2088–2094.
Programmable Design of Self-Organized Patterns through a Precipitation Reaction, M. Itatani, Q. Fang, K. Unoura, and H. Nabika, J. Phys. Chem. B, 2020, 124, 8402–8409.

Related industries

Chemical industry
Self Introduction

My research motivation is to prove complex phenomena found in natural and artificial systems from the perspective of CHEMISTRY and to control such complexities. I had played baseball and skied for a long time since childhood. I’m working daily with students in our group on my research, with my research motto: “We never know unless you try, and We never know unless you see.”

Academic background2017 B.Sc., Faculty of Science, Yamagata University
2019 M.Sc., Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamagata University
2019 JSPS doctoral research fellow DC1
2022 Ph.D., Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamagata University
2022 JSPS overseas postdoctoral research fellow
2022 Postdoc, Department of Physics, Budapest University of Technology and Economics
2024- Assistant Professor, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University
Affiliated academic societyThe Chemical Society of Japan, The Physical Society of Japan, The Electrochemical Society of Japan, The Spectroscopical Society of Japan
ProjectJST-GteX WInG Program (JPMJGX23H2)
MEXT Program: Data Creation and Utilization-Type Material Research and Development Project (JPMXP1122712807)
Photo-excitonix Project at Hokkaido University
Room addressScience Building 6 Room 7-09