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RIKEN Baton Zone Program Nano-crystallography unit

Unit Leader: Yusuke Nishiyama (Ph.D.)

Research Summary

Yusuke  Nishiyama(Ph.D.)

We are focusing on new methodology development to solve the crystalline structure of nano- to micro-meter sized particles using electron and NMR nanocrystallography approach. The approach combining the electron diffraction and solid-state NMR and gives deeper insights into molecular structure including hydrogen positions. We are also working on application of the methods to wide varieties of materials including pharmaceutical materials, biomolecules, proteins, organic-inorganic hybrid materials etc.

Main Research Fields

  • Chemistry

Related Research Fields

  • Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering


  • solid-state NMR
  • electron diffraction
  • nano-crystallography

Selected Publications

  • 1.Sanjog S. Nagarkar, Haruna Kurasho, Nghia Tuan Duong, Yusuke Nishiyama*, Susumu Kitagawa and Satoshi Horike.:
    "Crystal Melting and Glass Formation in Copper Thiocyanate based Coordination Polymers"
    Chem. Comm. in press, DOI: 10.1039/C9CC02172H
  • 2.Nicholai Jensen, Nghia Duong, Ralph Bolanz, Yusuke Nishiyama, Camilla Ramussen, Jorg Gottlicher, Ralph Steininger, Vanessa Prevot, Ulla Gro Nielsen*.:
    "Synthesis and structural characterization of a pure ZnAl4(OH)12(SO4)・2.6 H2O layered double hydroxide"
    Inorganic Chemistry, in press. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b00390
  • 3.Nasima Kanwal, Henri Colaux, Daniel M. Dawson, Yusuke Nishiyama, and Sharon E. Ashbrook*.:
    "Sensitivity Improvement in 5QMAS NMR Experiments Using FAM-N Pulses"
    Solid State Nucl. Magn. Reson. 100 (2019) 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssnmr.2019.03.002
  • 4.Hui Li, Ruifu Wang, You-lee Hong, Zihao Liang, Yidan Shen, Yusuke Nishiyama, Toshikazu Miyoshi, Tianbo Liu*.:
    "Tuning the Inter‐Cage Distance in Charge‐Regulated Blackberry‐Type Assemblies via Host‐Guest Chemistry"
    Chem. Eur. J. in press. DOI: 10.1002/chem.201900800
  • 5.Federica Rossi, Nghia Tuan Duong, Manoj Kumar Pandey, Michele R. Chierotti*, Roberto Gobetto, Yusuke Nishiyama*.:
    "Determination of the 15N chemical shift anisotropy in natural abundance samples by proton-detected 3D solid-state NMR under ultrafast MAS of 70 kHz"
    Magn. Reson. Chem., in press. DOI: 10.1002/mrc.4841
  • 6.Manoj Kumar Pandey*, Joshua T. Damron, Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy, Yusuke Nishiyama*.:
    "Proton-detected 3D 1H anisotropic/14N/1H isotropic chemical shifts correlation NMR under fast magic angle spinning on solid samples without isotopic enrichment"
    Solid State Nucl. Magn. Reson. 97 (2019) 40-45. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssnmr.2018.12.002
  • 7.Gen Zhang, You-lee Hong, Yusuke Nishiyama, Songyan Bai, Susumu Kitagawa*, and Satoshi Horike*.:
    "Accumulation of Glassy Poly(ethylene oxide) Anchored in Covalent Organic Framework as Solid-state Li+ Electrolyte"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc. 141 (2019) 1227-1234. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.8b07670
  • 8.Covadonga Lucas-Torres, Gaspard Huber, Atsuyuki Ichikawa, Yusuke Nishiyama, and Alan Wong*.:
    "HR-μMAS NMR-Based Metabolomics: Localized Metabolic Profiling of a Garlic Clove with μg Tissues"
    Anal. Chem. 90 (2018) 13736-13743. DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b04150
  • 9.Manoj Kumar Pandey, Yusuke Nishiyama, Piotr Tekely*.:
    "Probing molecular and isotopic features of meteoritic insoluble organic matter by solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy with sub-milligram sample"
    Meteorit. Planet. Sci. 1-7 (2018). DOI: 10.1111/maps.13209
  • 10.Manoj Kumar Pandey,* Yusuke Nishiyama*.:
    "One-dimensional solid-state NMR approach for 14NH/14NH overtone correlation through 1H/1H mixing under fast MAS"
    Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 20 (2018) 25849-25853. DOI: 10.1039/C8CP05000G

Lab Members

Principal investigator

Yusuke Nishiyama
Unit Leader

Core members

Nghia Tuan Duong
Postdoctoral Researcher

Contact Information

1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku,
Yokohama City, Kanagawa,
230-0045, Japan
Email: yusuke.nishiyama [at] riken.jp