Keisuke Asano

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University *Profile is at the time of the award.

2022Inamori Research GrantsScience & Engineering

Research topics
Development of Spatiotemporally Controlled Reaction Probes Based on Catalytic Function of Carbon–Carbon Double Bonds
In this study, on the basis of the catalytic function of carbon–carbon double bonds in trans-cyclooctenes (TCOs), we will develop biocompatible catalysts facilitating halogenation of biomolecules, the activity of which is controlled spatiotemporally through OFF/ON switch by external stimuli (light) or environment (biologically relevant chemicals). The catalyst probe is useful for chemically identifying biomolecules which are involved in biological events including diseases.


This study will develop unexploited organocatalysts to "observe" molecules, not to "synthesize" molecules.

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