FY2022 Annual Report

Organic and Carbon Nanomaterials Unit
Assistant Professor Akimitsu Narita


FY2022 was the third year of research activities physically at OIST after the opening of Lab4 in 2020. The unit has welcomed Dr. Maximilian Niklas Bojanowski (JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow) and Dr. Clément Delacou (OIST Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow), and Mr. Takatsugu Onishi and Mr. Saurav Raj have started their research for the thesis proposal, after completing their laboratory rotations. We have also hosted four OIST rotation students, two Visiting Research Students, a Research Intern, and Ms. Alicia Maria Götz as a Special Research Student from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz. We have continued our endeavor to synthesize and characterize functional nanographene molecules for various applications, including optoelectronics, sensing, quantum technology, bioimaging, and other biomedical applications in collaboration with internal and external partners. We have also initiated a new project on the JSPS International Joint Research Program with German Research Foundation (JRP-LEAD with DFG) as well as three projects on Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows while continuing to work on the JSPS KAKENHI projects No. 19K24686, 21J01147, and 21KK0091, and the EU project "LIGHT-CAP" as an extra-EU partner. 

1. Staff

  • Dr. Zakaria Ziadi, Staff Scientist 
  • Dr. Xiushang Xu, Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Dr. Goudappagouda, Postdoctoral Scholar (-2022.9) => Research Fellow (JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, -2023.3)
  • Dr. Jingyun Tan, Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Dr. Hao Zhao, Postdoctoral Scholar (-2022.9) => Research Fellow (JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Dr. Hiroki Hanayama, Research Fellow (JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, -2023.1)
  • Dr. Maximilian Niklas Bojanowski, Research Fellow (JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow, 2022.11-)
  • Dr. Clément Delacou, Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow (2023.1-)
  • Mr. Takatsugu Onishi, OIST PhD Student
  • Mr. Saurav Raj, OIST PhD Student
  • Ms. Alicia Maria Götz, Special Research Student (2022.4-8)
  • Mr.  Shijie Sun, Visiting Research Student (2022.6-12)
  • Ms. Mi Yan, Visiting Research Student (-2022.6)
  • Ms. Spurti Mulimani, Research Intern (2022.4-11)
  • Mr. Tom Tassilo Wilfling, OIST rotation student (2022.1-4)
  • Mr. Abdulrahman Bakry, OIST rotation student (2022.9-12)
  • Ms. Nanami Tomoda, OIST rotation student (2022.9-12)
  • Ms. Anjali Gupta, OIST rotation student (2023.1-4)
  • Ms. Ayumi Shimojima, Research Unit Administrator

2. Collaborations

2.1 Synthesis and Characterizations of Functional Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) and Atomically Precise Graphene Nanoribbons (GNRs)

  • Type of collaboration: Joint research
  • Researchers:
    • Prof. Klaus Müllen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPIP), Mainz, Germany
    • Prof. Roman Fasel, nanotech@surfaces laboratory, Empa – Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Dübendorf, Switzerland
    • Prof. Xinliang Feng, Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry and Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden, Technical University of Dresden, Germany
    • Prof. Yunbin Hu, College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Central South University, Changsha, China
    • Dr. Marco Di Giovannantonio, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Istituto di Struttura della Materia (ISM), Roma, Italy

2.2 Investigations of Nanographene-Based Fluorophores for the Super-Resolution Imaging

  • Type of collaboration: Joint research
  • Researchers:
    • Prof. Mischa Bonn, MPIP, Mainz, Germany
    • Dr. Xiaomin Liu, MPIP, Mainz, Germany
    • Prof. Marco Terenzio, Molecular Neuroscience Unit, OIST

2.3 Investigations of Photophysical Properties of Novel PAHs and Their Functionalized Derivatives and Their Integration into Lasing Devices

  • Type of collaboration: Joint research
  • Researchers:
    • Prof. Guglielmo Lanzani, Center for Nano Science and Technology, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT), Milano, Italy; Physics Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    • Prof. Francesco Scotognella, Physics Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    • Dr. Giuseppe M. Paternò, Physics Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
    • Prof. María A. Díaz-García, Departamento de Física Aplicada and Instituto Universitario de Materiales de Alicante, Universidad de Alicante, Spain

2.4 Investigations of Photophysical and Electrochemical Properties of PAHs and Their Dimers as Novel π-Extended Biaryls

  • Type of collaboration: Joint research
  • Researchers:
    • Prof. Andrew Musser, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
    • Prof. Massimo Marcaccio, Dipartimento di Chimica "Giacomo Ciamician", Università di Bologna, Italy

2.5 Fabrication and Device Applications of Graphene-Nanographene van der Waals Heterostructures and Investigation of Interlayer Charge-Transfer/Exfoliation and Photoconductivity Studies of Solution-Synthesized GNRs and Other Nanocarbon Materials

  • Type of collaboration: Joint research
  • Researchers:
    • Prof. Paolo Samorì, University of Strasbourg, CNRS, ISIS UMR 7006, Strasbourg, France
    • Prof. Mischa Bonn, MPIP, Mainz, Germany
    • Dr. Hai Wang, MPIP, Mainz, Germany 

2.6 Investigations of Photoluminescence Properties of Novel PAHs and GNRs 

  • Type of collaboration: Joint research
  • Researchers:
    • Prof. Jean-Sébastien Lauret, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris Saclay, Orsay cedex, France
    • Dr. Stéphane Campidelli, CEA-Saclay, Gif sur Yvette, France

3. Activities and Findings

3.1 Solution Synthesis of Nanographenes and Exploration of Their Potential Applications

Large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are attracting increasing research attentions as nanographenes or atomically precise graphene quantum dots (GQDs) with unique electronic, optical, and magnetic properties. We have been working on the functionalization of dibenzo[hi,st]ovalene (DBOV) as highly luminescent  nanographene with strong red emission (see previous Annual Reports) and contiuned our synthetic exploration and in-depth characterizations in collaboration with international partners. Moreover, based on our previous finding that DBOV can serve as a self-blinking fluorophore for the super-solution bioimaging by the single-molecule localization microscope (SMLM), we have contined our endeavor to develop water-soluble DBOV derivatives with appropriate functional groups for the bioconjugation toward super-resolution bioimaging, in collaboration with the Max Planck Insitute for Polymer Research, Germany, as well as Molecular Neuroscience Unit and Cell Division Dynamics Unit at OIST. On the other hand, we have synthesized a novel nonplanar PAH with a combination of armchair, zigzag, and fjord edges and demonstrated strong red emission with improved stimulated emission lifetime compared to that of DBOV, which could be ascribed to the suppression of the intermoleclar interactions by the nonplanarity, in collaboration with Politecnico di Milano, Italy (Chem. Sci202213, 13040). We have also achieved the synthesis of more extended nanographene with zigzag and fjord edges, having two octacene substructures, demonstrating near-infrared chiroptical properties (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202362, e202218350). Moreover, we have synthesized a π-extended double [9]helicene as one of the largest reported chiral nanographenes with two helical substructures, revealing near-infrared emission from 750 to 1100 nm with the photoluminescence quantum yield of 18% as well as panchromatic circular dichroism (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed202362, e202218494). Through the functionalization of benzo[rst]pentaphene (BPP) with electron-donating diarylamino groups, we have also elucidated the emergence of solvent-tunable exciton-charge transfer mixed state, enhancing the emission through symmetry breaking, in collaboration with Cornell University, US (Chem. Commun202359, 720). Furthermore, in collaboration with Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit and Organic Optoelectronics Unit at OIST, we have discovered that methyl benzoate-functionalized BPP can self-anchor on the ITO substrate and serve as hole-selective contact, achieving operationally stable inverted perovskite solar cells and modules (Adv. Mater202335, 2300169; patent applied). 

3.2 On-Surface Synthesis of Nanographenes and Graphene Nanoribbons 

While the convensional solution synthesis fails to afford highly insoluble and/or unstable compounds, the on-surface synthesis enables the visalization and investigation of such elusive products under the ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), based on the methods of surface science, especailly scanning probe miscroscopy and scanning tunneling spectrosopy. We have synthesized a unique monomer that can potentially lead to graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) with helical and thus chiral edge structures. Through the on-surface synthesis experiments in collaboration with the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan, sporadic formation of the expected helical edges could be observed, but the large majority of the resulting structures were apparently planar. Close inspection of the molecular images obtained by the scanning tunneling microscopy revealed the occurrence of unique skeletal rearrangement reactions, shaping five- and sometimes also seven-membered rings. Notably, Kondo resonances could be observed at the zigzag edge terminals, directly on the bare Au(111) substrate, which is rare for similar GNRs. This result could be theoretically ascribed to the distortion of the terminal structures by the incorporation of non-hexagonal rings, providing a new insight into the control of the magnetic properties on metal substrates, which are typically required for the on-surface synthesis (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed202362, e202302534). We have also addressed the mechanim of the surface-assisted cyclodehydrogenation, revealing the role of metal adatoms in collaboration with Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa), Switzerland (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed202261, e202212354), and continued our synthetic efforts toward novel molecular precursors for the on-surface synthesis of nanographenes and GNRs with localized spins and tunable magnetic properties. Moreover, we have successfully established the experimental system for the collaboration with Quantum Materials Science Unit at OIST, achieving the formation and visualization of a self-assembled monolayer of nanographenes on a metal surface under UHV.  

3.3 Visualization of Carbon Nanomaterials by the Environmental Transmission Electron Microscope

Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) enables the investigation of the nanoscale structure of various carbon nanomaterials. We have utilized the environmental TEM at OIST and explored the low voltage TEM imaging with narrowing energy width by using a monochromator to achieve both high contrast and high resolution for light elements. Using this optimized condition, we have conducted the observation of non-planer GNRs by covalently attaching them to functionalized termini of carbon nanotubes, and successfully observed single GNRs by atomic-resolution TEM. Moreover, we have also achieved the visualization of two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks by the high-resolution TEM, revealing the AA-stacked layer structure with an interlayer distance of 3.6 Å and a periodic pattern of hexagonal nanopores, in agreement with the powder X-ray diffraction results (J. Am. Chem. Soc2022144, 7489).

4. Publications

4.1 Journals

4.1.1 Original Research Articles
  1. S. Fu, E. Jin, H. Hanayama, W. Zheng, H. Zhang, L. Di Virgilio, M. A. Addicoat, M. Mezger, A. Narita, M. Bonn, K. Müllen, H. I. Wang, Outstanding Charge Mobility by Band Transport in Two-Dimensional Semiconducting Covalent Organic Frameworks. J. Am. Chem. Soc2022144, 7489–7496.

  2. L. Zhou, H. Liu, J. Tan, C. Liu, X.-Y. Cao, A. Narita, Y. Hu, Double Thia/sulfone[7]helicenes with Controlled Photophysical and Chiroptical Properties by Heteroatom Variation. Chem. Asian J202217, e202200336.

  3. J. Hong, X. Xiao, H. Liu, E. Dmitrieva, A. A. Popov, Z. Yu, M.-D. Li, T. Ohto, J. Liu, A. Narita, P. Liu, H. Tada, X.-Y. Cao, X.-Y. Wang, Y. Zou, K. Müllen, Y. Hu, Controlling the Emissive, Chiroptical, and Electrochemical Properties of Double [7] Helicenes through Embedded Aromatic Rings. Chem. Eur. J202228, e202202243.

  4. G. Borin Barin, Q. Sun, M. Di Giovannantonio, C.-Z. Du, X.-Y. Wang, J. P. Llinas, Z. Mutlu, Y. Lin, J. Wilhelm, J. Overbeck, C. Daniels, M. Lamparski, H. Sahabudeen, M. L. Perrin, J. I. Urgel, S. Mishra, A. Kinikar, R. Widmer, S. Stolz, M. Bommert, C. Pignedoli, X. Feng, M. Calame, K. Müllen, A. Narita, V. Meunier, J. Bokor, R. Fasel, P. Ruffieux, Growth Optimization and Device Integration of Narrow-Bandgap Graphene Nanoribbons. Small 202218, 2202301. (Selected as the Cover)

  5. J. Björk,* C. Sánchez-Sánchez,* Q. Chen, C. A. Pignedoli, J. Rosen, P. Ruffieux, X. Feng, A. Narita,* K. Müllen, R. Fasel, The Role of Metal Adatoms in a Surface-Assisted Cyclodehydrogenation Reaction on a Gold Surface. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed202261, e202212354.

  6. X. Xu, G. Serra, A. Villa, R. Muñoz-Mármol, S. Vasylevskyi, M. Gadea, A. Lucotti, Z. Lin, P. G. Boj, R. Kabe, M. Tommasini, M. Á. Díaz-García, F. Scotognella, G. M. Paternò,* A. Narita,* Synthesis of zigzag- and fjord-edged nanographene with dual amplified spontaneous emission. Chem. Sci202213, 13040–13045.

  7. X. Xu, A. L. Vonder Haar, R. YoshiokaQ. Zhang, S. Vasylevskyi, A. J. Musser,* A. Narita,* Solvent-tunable exciton-charge transfer mixed state enhances emission of functionalized benzo[rst]pentaphene through symmetry breaking. Chem. Commun202359, 720–723. (Invited contribution to themed collection: 2022 Emerging Investigators)

  8. X. Xu, R. Muñoz-Mármol, S. Vasylevskyi, A. Villa, G. Folpini, F. Scotognella, G. Maria Paternò,* A. Narita,* Synthesis of Bioctacene-Incorporated Nanographene with Near-Infrared Chiroptical Properties. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 202362, e202218350.

  9. X. Xu, S. Takebayashi, H. Hanayama, S. Vasylevskyi, T. Onishi, T. Ohto,* H. Tada, A. Narita,* 6,6′-Biindeno[1,2-b]anthracene: An Open-Shell Biaryl with High Diradical Character. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023145, 3891–3896.

  10. J. TanX. Xu, J. Liu, S. Vasylevskyi, Z. Lin, R. Kabe, Y. Zou, K. Müllen, A. Narita,* Y. Hu,* Synthesis of a π-Extended Double [9]Helicene. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed202362, e202218494.

  11. T. Wu, X. Xu, L. K. Ono, T. Guo, S. Mariotti, C. Ding, S. Yuan, C. Zhang, J. Zhang, K. Mitrofanov, Q. Zhang, S. Raj, X. Liu, H. Segawa, P. Ji, T. Li, R. Kabe, L. Han, A. Narita,* Y. Qi,* Graphene-Like Conjugated Molecule as Hole-Selective Contact for Operationally Stable Inverted Perovskite Solar Cells and Modules. Adv. Mater202335, 2300169.

  12. X. Xu, K. Sun, A. Ishikawa,* A. Narita,* S. Kawai,* Magnetism in Nonplanar Zigzag Edge Termini of Graphene Nanoribbons. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed202362, e202302534. (Selected as the Back Cover)


4.2 Books and Other One-Time Publications

Nothing to report

4.3 Oral and Poster Presentations

Invited Talks at Conferences and Symposiums
  1. A. Narita, "Synthesis and Characterizations of Highly Fluorescent Nanographene Molecules" 241st ECS Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, May 29–June 2, 2022
  2. A. Narita, "Synthesis of Functional Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons with Unusual Structures and Properties" Heron 9 Conference, Heron Island, Australia, June 26–July 2, 2022
  3. A. Narita, "Solution Synthesis and Edge Functionalization of Molecular Graphene Nanostructures" Future Leaders Network for Nanoscale Energy Harvesting incubator workshop, Radcliffe House, University of Warwick, United Kingdom, August 24–26, 2022.
  4. A. Narita, "Synthesis and Functionalization of Highly Luminescent Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons toward Photonic Applications" The 11th Singapore International Chemistry Conference (SICC11), Singappore, December 14, 2022.
Oral Presentations at Conferences and Symposiums
  1. A. Narita, "脱水素環化反応によるラダーポリマーやヘリカル型ラダー分子の合成", The 2nd Workshop on Ladder Polymer Science / ラダーポリマー研究会 第二回ワークショップ, OIST, November 21–22, 2022.
  2. A. Narita, ”Molecular Synthesis of Atomically Precise Carbon Nanostructures”, OIST-KEIO SHOWCASE TALK Series 4, Keio University, Japan, March 13, 2023.
  3. H. Hanayama, X. Yao, K. Harano, K. Müllen, E. Nakamura, A. Narita, "Atomic-resolution visualization of non-planar graphene nanoribbon by using transmission electron microscopy”, 103rd CSJ annual meeting, Chiba, Japan, March 23, 2023.
Poster Presentations at Conferences and Symposiums
  1. T. Onishi, X. Xu, A. Narita, "Synthetic approach toward helical cyclopenta-fused polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon radical on Au(111) surface" molecule based quantum science "molQueST Conference",  Switzerland, August 21-25, 2022.
  2. T. Onishi, X. Xu1, Y. Okada, A. Narita, "Characterization of helical cyclopenta-fused polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon radical on Au(111) surface" The 92nd IUVSTA workshop on Advanced Spectroscopy and Transport for 2D Materials at Surfaces, OIST, Japan, September 18-21, 2022.
  3. S. Sun, W. Xu, Goudappagouda, A. Narita, J. Cai, "Energy band engineering of graphene nanoribbons and construction of nanographenes on solid surfaces" The 92nd IUVSTA workshop on Advanced Spectroscopy and Transport for 2D Materials at Surfaces, OIST, Japan, September 18-21, 2022.
  4. H. Zhao, X. Xu, L. Zhou, Y. Hu, Y. Huang, A. Narita, "Water-Soluble Nanoparticles with Twisted Double[7]Carbohelicene for Lysosome-Targeted Cancer Photodynamic Therapy" The 11th Singapore International Chemistry Conference (SICC11), Singappore, December 14, 2022.
  5. H. Zhao, L. Guillaud, M. Terenzio, A. Narita, "Water-Soluble Nanoparticles with Fluorescent Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) for Lysosome Labeling and Cancer Photodynamic Therapy", Interdisciplinary Science Conference in Okinawa (ISCO 2023) —Physics and Mathematics meet Medical Science—, OIST, Japan, Feburuary 27-March 3, 2023.
  1. A. Narita, "Bottom-up Molecular Synthesis of Atomically Precise Carbon Nanostructures" CNR-ISM, Rome, Italy, September 5, 2022. 
  2. A. Narita, "ナノグラフェン材料の精密合成と物性" Graduate School of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan, October 28, 2022.
  3. A. Narita, "Synthesis and Functionalization of Highly Luminescent Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons toward Photonic Applications" Chair of Molecular Functional Materials, Faculty of Chemistry and Food Chemistry, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany, January 23, 2023.

5. Intellectual Property Rights and Other Specific Achievements

Provisional patent application together with Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit and Organic Optoelectronics Unit, 2023/02/28. 

6. Meetings and Events

6.1 Workshop

The 2nd Workshop on Ladder Polymer Science / ラダーポリマー研究会 第二回ワークショップ

Dates: 2022.11.21 to 2022-11-22; Venue: OIST Seaside House, B250(Sydney Brenner Hall)

Organizers: Research Group on Ladder Polymer Science; Organic and Carbon Nanomaterials Unit (Prof. Akimitsu Narita), OIST

Speakers: Prof. Tomoyuki Ikai (Nagoya Univ.), Prof. Takashi Kitao (Univ. Tokyo), Prof. Takashi Hirose (Kyoto Univ.), Prof. Fumitaka Ishiwari (Osaka Univ.), Prof. Hideto Ito (Nagoya Univ.), Prof. Hironobu Hayashi (NAIST), Prof. Christine Luscombe (OIST), Prof. Akimitsu Narita (OIST)

6.2 Seminars by External Speakers

  • Prof. Stefan Matile (University of Geneva, Switzerland), "Translational Supramolecular Chemistry," 2022-08-17, Venue: L4E48 (Lab 4) & Zoom
  • Prof. Tadahiro Komeda (Tohoku University, IMRAM, Japan), "Electron Spin Resonance Measurement of a Single Molecule by Combining RF Signal with Scanning Tunneling Microscopy," 2022-09-21, Venue: B250(Sydney Brenner Hall), Center Building
  • Prof. Keiji Numata (Kyoto University and RIKEN, Japan), "Photosynthetic cellular modifications to synthesize spider silk with arranged amino acid sequences," 2022-11-14, Venue: L4E48 (Lab 4, Floor E) & Zoom
  • Prof. Thomas A. Jung (Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland), "Programming electronic and spin states in 2D supramolecular architectures by modifications on the single atomic or molecular level," 2022-12-08, Venue: L4E48 (Lab 4)
  • Prof. Masahiro Yamashita (Tohoku University, Japan), "Molecular Spin Qubits for Quantum Computer and High-Density Memory Devices Based on Molecular Magnets," 2023-02-07, Venue: L4E48 (Lab 4)
  • Dr. Xiaomin Liu (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany), "Single-molecule fluorescence microscopy," 2023-03-08, Venue: C210, Center Building, Level C

7. Other

7.1 Grants and Fellowships

  • Akimitsu Narita (PI), Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) KAKENHI, Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Home-Returning Researcher Development Research), らせん構造を有するナノグラフェンおよびグラフェンナノソレノイドの合成と物性評価, 19K24686, FY2020–FY2022 (extended to FY2023)
  • Akimitsu Narita (PI), JSPS International Joint Research Program with German Research Foundation (JRP-LEAD with DFG), Development of Hybrid Single-Atom Photocatalysts based on Graphene Quantum Dots and 2D Materials Toward Solar Energy Conversion, 12.2022–11.2025 (German PI: Prof. Bernd Smarsly, Justus Liebig University Giessen)
  • Akimitsu Narita (Co-Investigator), JSPS KAKENHI, Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Fostering Joint International Research (B)), 先端分光計測と精密合成を活用したグラフェンナノリボンの微細構造と機能の制御, 21KK0091, FY2021–FY2024 (PI: Prof. Masanari Okuno, The University of Tokyo)
  • Akimitsu Narita (PI), JSPS Bilateral Joint Research Project with The National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Atomically precise carbon-based platforms for single-atom nanomaterials, FY2023–FY2024 (newly acquired and to be started in the next fiscal year; Italian PI: Dr. Marco Di Giovannantonio, Institute of Structure of Matter, CNR)
  • Zakaria Ziadi (PI), JSPS KAKENHI, Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C), Development of Nano Gas Sensors Based on Single Atomically Precise Graphene Nanoribbons, 23K04546, FY2023–FY2025 (newly acquired and to be started in the next fiscal year)
  • Hiroki Hanayama, JSPS Research Fellowship for Young Scientist (PD) and Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, 透過電子顕微鏡構造解析を鍵とするグラフェンナノリボンの面修飾反応の開発とその応用, 21J01147, FY2021–FY2023 (terminated in FY2022)
  • Goudappagouda, JSPS Research Fellowship for Research in Japan (Standard) and Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, Synthesis of Nanographene Liquid with Near-Infrared Phosphorescence, 22F22031, FY2022–FY2024 (terminated in FY2022)
  • Hao Zhao, JSPS Research Fellowship for Research in Japan (Standard) and Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, 超解像蛍光イメージングを志向した水溶性ナノグラフェンの合成, 22F22341, FY2022–FY2024
  • Niklas Maximilian Bojanowski, JSPS Research Fellowship for Research in Japan (Standard) and Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows, Supramolecular Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons: Structure and Morphology in Self-Assemblies, 22F22771, FY2022–FY2024

7.2 Other Projects

  • Participation as an extra-EU partner in the FET Proactive project LIGHT-CAP: Multi-electron processes for light driven electrodes and electrolytes in conversion and storage of solar energy, the European Consortium funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 101017821, 2021-2024

7.3 External Contributions

  • A. Narita, 大学院集中講義「物理化学特別講義I」東京都立大学 大学院理学研究科 (Intensive course on nanographene chemistry), Graduate School of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji-shi, Tokyo, Japan, October 27–28, 2022
  • A. Narita, 「教養学部生のためのキャリア教室」(オムニバス形式)東京大学教養学部附属 教養教育高度化機構 社会連携部門 (Invited lecture about career for the first- and second-year students of the University of Tokyo), Tokyo, Japan, January 6, 2023
  • A. Narita, Associate Editor, Organic Materials, Georg Thieme Verlag KG, Stuttgart (since January 2023)
  • A. Narita, Member of the Early Career Advisory Board, Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, Wiley-VCH GmbH, Weinheim (since January 2020)
  • A. Narita, Co-organizer, B05 - Fullerenes - Endohedral Fullerenes and Molecular Carbon, the 243rd ECS Meeting, The Electrochemical Society (ECS), to be held in Boston, MA from May 28 to June 2, 2023
  • A. Narita, Symposium organizer, Exploring the potential of bidimensional materials for energy and optoelectronics, E-MRS 2023 Fall Meeting, European Materials Research Society (E-MRS), to be held in Warsaw, Poland from September 18 to 21, 2023