Fusing Material Chemistry and Information Science Toward Novel Emerging System

Megumi Akai-Kasaya

Professor (LINAS), IST, Hokkaido University (Additional post: Professor, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University)
Office: IST, M-BLDG, 2F, Room M205 (TEL: +81 11-706-6874, FAX: +81 11-706-7890)
E-mail: akai at ist.hokudai.ac.jp

Research Topics

I aim to create a world, in which information processing can be actualized by functions of materials. Especially, organic material is focused as a target. It is predicted that the 21st century will be a century of information science, however, a new technology not relying on the conventional computers will be desired. That is a new world whose materials and substances, which is familiar with us, carry informational processing functionality and help and make us comfortably. The teacher is living creatures composed of organic materials. For example, neurons in mammal brain compute by using the movement of ions and chemical reactions sophisticatedly. I am handling carbon nanotube device with single molecular channel gate, conducting polymer neural network, reservoir computing using organic materials, and so on. They are expected to become the element of neuromorphic technology. By exploring new paradigm of computing and information processing using organic materials, we will pursue the mystery of nature.

Academic Societies

  1. The Physical Society of Japan (JPS)
  2. Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP)
  3. The Surface Science Society of Japan (SSSJ)
  4. The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers (IEICE)
  5. The Society of Polymer Science Japan (SPSJ)


  1. Physics II (undergraduate school)
  2. Exercise in Applied Mathematics II (undergraduate school)
  3. Electrical and Electronic Engineering Laboratories (undergraduate school)
  4. System Applications of LSIs (graduate school)

Doctoral Thesis

  • Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Observation and Molecular Orbital Calculation of Organic Molecules Adsorbed on the Si(100)2x1 Surfacel (Osaka University)