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Nakamura Laboratory

Head of Nakamura Laboratory: Shinichiro Nakamura (Ph.D.)
Shinichiro  Nakamura(Ph.D.)

Problems with industrial reality are the subjects of collaborations. Methods mainly consist of computational approaches, such as quantum chemistry, molecular dynamics, band calculations, signal processing, and statistic tools including Bayes statistics as well as some brain science tools.

The mechanism of OEC by Mn cluster is the biggest ever solved problem in natural photosynthesis. The goal of our research is to develop the materials and concepts for energy, health, and environment, learning from natural systems. The focus is on the natural mechanism of OEC in PSII.

Main Research Field

Mathematical and physical sciences

Related Research Fields

Complex systems / Mathematical and physical sciences / Chemistry / Engineering / Biology / Agricultural sciences


  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Molecular Science for industrial problems
  • Electrode and battery related materials
  • Catalyst and Photonics
  • Bayes Statistics, Stochastics

Selected Publications

  1. Kayo Koike, Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Satoshi Ohara, Tomoka Kikitsu, Kazunari Ozasa, Shinichiro Nakamura, Masakazu Sugiyama, Yoshiaki Nakano and Katsushi Fujii.:
    "Effects of NiO-loading on n-type GaN photoanode for photoelectrochemical water splitting using different aqueous electrolytes"
    Int. J. Hydrogen Energ., 42, 9493-9499 (2017).
  2. Noriko Fujinaga, Naoki Nishikawa, Ryo Nishimura, Kengo Hyodo, Seiji Yamazoe, Yuko Kojima, Kazuki Yamamoto, Tsuyoshi Tsujioka, Masakazu Morimoto, Satoshi Yokojima, Shinichiro Nakamura and Kingo Uchida.:
    "Photoinduced topographical changes on microcrystalline surfaces of diarylethenes"
    CrystEngComm, 18, 7229-7235 (2016).
  3. Eri Hatano, Masakazu Morimoto, Kengo Hyodo, Nobuhiro Yasuda, Satoshi Yokojima, Shinichiro Nakamura and Kingo Uchida.:
    "Photosalient Effect of a Diarylethene with a Perfluorocyclohexene Ring"
    Chem. Eur. J., 22, 12680 – 12683 (2016).
  4. Ryuji Hirayama, Atsushi Shiraki, Makoto Naruse, Shinichiro Nakamura, Hirotaka Nakayama,
    Takashi Kakue, Tomoyoshi Shimobaba and Tomoyoshi Ito.:
    "Optical Addressing of Multi-Colour Photochromic Material Mixture for Volumetric Display"
    Sci. Rep., 6, 31543 (2016).
  5. Ryo Nishimura, Kengo Hyodo, Haruna Sawaguchi, Yoshiaki Yamamoto, Yoshimune Nonomura, Hiroyuki Mayama, Satoshi Yokojima, Shinichiro Nakamura and Kingo Uchida.:
    "Fractal Surfaces of Molecular Crystals Mimicking Lotus Leaf with Phototunable Double Roughness Structures"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 138, 10299−10303 (2016).
  6. Makoto Hatakeyama, Koji Ogata, Katsushi Fujii, Vittal K. Yachandra, Junko Yano and Shinichiro Nakamura.:
    "Structural Changes in the S3 State of the Oxygen Evolving Complex in Photosystem II"
    Chem. Phys. Lett., 651, 243-250, (2016).
  7. Yusuke Noda, Kaoru Ohno and Shinichiro Nakamura.:
    "Momentum-dependent band spin splitting in semiconducting MnO2 : A density functional calculation"
    Phys. Chem. Chem. phys.,18, 13294-13303 (2016).
  8. Kazuki Takase, Kengo Hyodo, Masakazu Morimoto, Yuko Kojima, Hiroyuki Mayama, Satoshi Yokojima, Shinichiro Nakamura and Kingo Uchida.:
    "Photoinduced reversible formation of a superhydrophilic surface by crystal growth of diarylethene"
    Chem. Commun., 52, 6885-6887 (2016).
  9. Koji Ogata, Taichi Yuki, Makoto Hatakeyama, Waka Uchida and Shinichiro Nakamura:
    "All-Atom Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Photo system ⅡEmbedded in Thylakoid Membrane"J. Am. Chem. Soc., 135, 15670-15673 (2013).
  10. Kingo Uchida, Naoki Nishikawa, Norikazu Izumi, Seiji Yamazoe, Hiroyuki Mayama, Yuko Kojima, Satoshi Yokojima, Shinichiro Nakamura, Kaoru Tsujii and Masahiro Irie:
    "Phototunable Diarylethene Microcrystalline Surfaces: Lotus and Petal Effects upon Wetting"
    Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 49, 5942-5944 (2010).

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Shinichiro Nakamura
Head of Nakamura Laboratory

Core Members

Koji Ogata
Research Scientist
Makoto Hatakeyama
Research Scientist
Katsuya Kanda
Research Scientist
Atsuko Miyazaki
Research Scientist
Shigeru Uchiyama
Research Associate
Masamichi Fujihira
Senior Visiting Scientist
Yuichi Sato
Senior Visiting Scientist
Kunio Tanabe
Senior Visiting Scientist
Takenari Goto
Senior Visiting Scientist
Kingo Uchida
Visiting Scientist
Kaoru Ohno
Visiting Scientist
Masanori Tachikawa
Visiting Scientist
Katsushi Fujii
Visiting Scientist
Satoshi Yokojima
Visiting Scientist

Contact information

2-1 Hirosawa,
Wako, Saitama
351-0198, Japan

Email: snakamura [at]