Professor Makoto Fujita

University of Tokyo


Weak interactions induce the spontaneous organization of various biological structures. Such an elegant mechanism in nature has prompted us to design a nd establish self-assembling molecular systems. Thus, we have been showing that well-designed molecules are spontaneously organized into functional mol ecular systems.

  1. Self-assembling molecular systems utilizing transition metals: The simple combination of transition metal geometry with well-designed bridging ligands gives rise to the quantitative self-assembly of nano-sized, discrete organic frameworks. Representative examples include square molecules, linked-ring m olecules, cages, capsules, and tubes that are self-assembled from simple and small components.
  2. Chemistry of isolated nano-space: The metal-directed self-assembly of nan o-meter sized frameworks gives us an opportunity to develop the chemistry of “isolated nano-space”. For example, stabilization of labile molecules, spec ific chemical transformations, and the synthesis of labile molecules have be en achieved within the cavities of the self-assembled cages and capsules.
  3. Coordination polymers: The metal-directed self-assembly has been also appl ied to the preparation of non-covalent polymers with well-defined structures and interesting properties.


1980: B.S. Faculty of Engineering, Chiba University 
1982: M.S. Graduate School of Engineering, Chiba University
1987: Ph.D.Tokyo Institute of Technology
1982-1987: Research Fellow at Sagami Chemical Research Center
1988-1991: Assistant Professor at Faculty of Engineering, Chiba University 
1991-1994: Lecture at the same university
1994-1997: Associate Professor at the same university
1997-1999: Associate Professor at Institute of Molecular Science  
1999-2002: Professor at Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University
2002-present: Professor at School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
2012-2013: Visiting Professor at Division of Advanced Materials Science, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)
1997-2013: Project Leader of JST-CREST
2012-present: Project Leader of Grant-in-Aid for Specially Promoted Research
2014-present: Project Leader of JST ACCEL


1994: Progress Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Japan
2000: Division Award of Chemical Society of Japan (Organic Chemistry)
2001: Tokyo Techno Forum 21 Gold Medal
2001: Japan IBM Award
2003: Nagoya Silver Medal
2003: Earl L. Muetterties Memorial Lecturers (UC Berkeley)
2004: Izatt-Christensen Award
2006: G.W.Wheland Award (Chicago University Lectureship Award)
2007: Honorary Professor at Renmin University (China)
2010: The Reona Esaki Award
2010: The JSCC Award
2011: H. C. Brown Lecturer (Purdue University)
2011: 3M Lectureship Award (University of British Columbia)
2012: Thomson Reuters Research Front Award 2012
2012: Kharasch Lecturers (The University of Chicago)
2012: Abbott Lecturer (University of Illinois)
2013: The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) Award
2013: Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award (ACS National Award)
2013: Merck-Karl Pfister Visiting Professorship (MIT Lectureship award)
2014: ISNSCE 2014 Nanoprize
2014: Medal with Purple Ribbon (Cabinet Office, Government Of Japan)
2014: Fred Basolo Medal (Northwestern University)
2015: John Osborn Lecturer (Strasbourg University)

My Sessions

Molecular Confinement Effects in Self-Assembled Cages for Catalyst Design


Size does matter in host-guest chemistry – Host molecules in earlier days such as crown ethers and cyclodextrins have small cavities, where only an ion or a small molecule is accommodated showing only limited functions through host-guest complexation.  Since mid 90s, molecular self-assembly has made an explosive development in constructing 3 D hosts with expanded […]

Supramolecular strategies in homogeneous catalysis