KATO MasakoProfessorKATO Masako

Research fields

Coordination Chemistry, Photochemistry, Structural Chemistry

Research themes


Soft crystal, Flexible and ordered structure, Stimuli response, Phtofunction, Chromic metal complex, Luminescence, Phase transition, Vapochromism

Short biography

Masako Kato received her Ph.D. from Nagoya University in 1986. After she worked at Institute for Molecular Science and Kyoto University, she joined the Department of Chemistry at Nara Women’s University as an assistant professor in 1989 and was promoted to an associate professor in 1996. During 1998–2001, she was also engaged in a PRESTO research project at Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). From 2006 to 2021, she had been a professor at Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University. In 2017, she started a KAKENHI project for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas, “Soft Crystals”. During 2017-2020, she also served as Chair of the Committee on Chemistry, Science Council of Japan (SCJ). In 2019, She was appointed as a distinguished professor at Hokkaido University. Since April 2021, she is a professor at Kwansei Gakuin University as well as a professor emeritus at Hokkaido University.


Selected papers

  • S. Kondo, N. Yoshimura, A. Kobayashi, K. D. C. Kuruppu, W. M. C. Sameera, S. Fujii, M. Yoshida, M. Kato*, “Vapoluminescent Thin-film with Unsaturated Copper(I) Complex for Rapid Light-on Sensing of N-heteroaromatic Vapour”, J. Mater. Chem. C 2024, 12, 1799–1808. DOI: 10.1039/D3TC03571A.
  • T. Nishiyama, H. Kitoh-Nishioka, S. Tanaka, M. Maekawa, T. Kuroda-Sowa, M. Yoshida, M. Kato, T. Okubo*, “A Copper(I) Thiocyanate based Photoresponsive Semiconducting 2D Coordination Polymer”, Dalton Trans. 2024, 53, 1445–1448. DOI: 10.1039/D3DT03125J.
  • V. Sääsk*, Y.-A. Chen, T.-F. Huang, L.-Y. Ting, T.-A. Luo, S. Fujii, K. Põhako-Esko, M. Yoshida, M. Kato*, T.-L. Wu*, H.-H. Chou*, “Photophysical Tuning of Imidazolium Tetrahalidomanganate(II) Complexes Towards Highly Efficient Green Emitters with Near‑Unity Quantum Yield”, Eur. J. Inorg. Chem. 2024, 27, e202300562. DOI: 10.1002/ejic.202300562.
  • T. Morimoto, M. Yoshida*, A. Sato-Tomita, S. Nozawa, J. Takayama, S. Hiura, A. Murayama, A. Kobayashi, M. Kato*, “Vapor-Induced Assembly of a Platinum(II) Complex Loaded on Layered Double Hydroxide Nanoparticles”, Chem. Eur. J. 2023, 29, e202301993. DOI: 10.1002/chem.202301993. (Front cover, Hot paper)
  • Y. Higashida, S. Takizawa, M. Yoshida, M. Kato, A. Kobayashi*, “Hydrogen Production from Hydrophobic Ruthenium Dye-Sensitized TiO2 Photocatalyst Assisted by Vesicle Formation”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2023, 15, 27277–27284. DOI: 10.1021/acsami.3c02340.
  • K. Sasaki, D. Saito, M. Yoshida, F. Tanaka, A. Kobayashi, K. Sada, M. Kato*, “Chromic Triboluminescence of Self-assembled Platinum(II) Complexes”, Chem. Commun. 2023, 59, 6745–6748. DOI: 10.1039/D3CC01525D.
  • Y. Zhao, T. Nakae, S. Takeya, M. Hattori, D. Saito, M. Kato, Y. Ohmasa, S. Sato, O. Yamamuro, T. Galica, E. Nishibori, S. Kobayashi, T. Seki, T. Yamada, Y. Yamanoi*, “Reversible Transition between Discrete and 1D Infinite Architectures: a Temperature-Responsive Cu(I) Complex with a Flexible Disilane-bridged Bis(pyridine) Ligand”, Chem. Eur. J. 2023, 29, e202204002. DOI: 10.1002/chem.202204002.
  • Y. Makino, M. Yoshida*, S. Hayashi, T. Sasaki, S. Takamizawa, A. Kobayashi, M. Kato*, “Elastic and Bright Assembly-induced Luminescent Crystals of Platinum(II) Complexes with Near-unity Emission Quantum Yield”, Dalton Trans. 2023, 52, 8864–8872.DOI: 10.1039/D3DT00192J. (Front cover)
  • Y. Shigeta*, T. Nomoto, M. Kato, M. Mizuno*, “Mechanical and Thermal ON–OFF Switching of the Vapochromic Behavior of a Luminescent Polymorphic Pt(II) Complex”, Inorg. Chem. 2023, 62, 66–74.DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.2c02865.
  • H. Ohmagari, N. Marets, J. Kamata, M. Yoneyama, T. Miyauchi, Y. Takahashi, Y. Yamamoto, Y. Ogihara, D. Saito, K. Goto, A. Ishii, M. Kato, M. Hasegawa*, “Thermosensitive visible-light-excited visible-/NIR-luminescent complexes with lanthanide sensitized by the π-electronic system through intramolecular H-bonding”, Front. Chem. 2022, 10, 1047960.DOI: 10.3389/fchem.2022.1047960.
  • K. Nomiya, N. Nakatani*, N. Nakayama, H. Goto, M. Nakagaki, S. Sakaki, M. Yoshida, M. Kato, M. Hada, “Theoretical Study on the Vapochromic Ni(II)–Quinonoid Complex: One-Dimensional Stacking Structure-Based Color Switching”, J. Phys. Chem. A 2022, 126, 7687–7694.DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpca.2c06079.
  • M. Wang, K. Murata, Y. Koike, G. Jonusauskas, A. Furet, D. M. Bassani, D. Saito, M. Kato*, Y. Shimoda, K. Miyata, K. Onda*, K. Ishii*, “A Red-Light-Driven CO-Releasing Complex: Photoreactivities and Excited-State Dynamics of Highly Distorted Tricarbonyl Rhenium Phthalocyanines”, Chem. Eur. J. 2022, e202200716.DOI: 10.1002/chem.202200716. (Back cover)
  • N. Yoshimura, M. Yoshida, M. Kato, A. Kobayashi*, “Photocatalyst−Mediator Interface Modification by Surface-Metal 2 Cations of a Dye-Sensitized H2 Evolution”, Inorg. Chem202261, 11095–11102. DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.2c00851.
  • H. Miyabe, M. Ujita, M. Nishio, T. Nakae, T. Usuki, M. Ikeya, C. Nishimoto, S. Ito, M. Hattori, S. Takeya, S. Hayashi, D. Saito, M. Kato, H. Nishihara, T. Yamada, Y. Yamanoi*, “A Series of D−A−D Structured Disilane-Bridged Triads: Structure 2 and Stimuli-Responsive Luminescence Studies”, J. Org. Chem202287, 8928–8938. DOI: 10.1021/acs.joc.2c00641.
  • T. Shimamura, A. Kobayashi*, Y. Oaki, M. Yoshida, M. Kato, “Water Reduction Photocathodes Based on Ru Complex Dyes Covered with a Conjugated Polymer Nanosheet”, Energy & Fuels 2022, in press. DOI; 10.1021/acs.energyfuels.2c00859.
  • A. Kobayashi*, H. Otsuka, M. Yoshida, M. Kato, “Fabrication of Ru-dye-sensitized Photoanodes Composed of a Prussian White-Prussian Blue Heterojunction toward Water Oxidation”, Chem. Lett. 2022, online. DOI: 10.1246/cl.220184.
  • D. Saito, T. Galica, E. Nishibori, M. Yoshida, A. Kobayashi, M. Kato*, “Reversible and stepwise single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation of a platinum(II) complex with vapochromic luminescence”, Chem. Eur. J. 2022, e202200703. DOI: 10.1002/chem.202200703. (Inside cover)
  • M. Yoshida*, V. Sääsk, D. Saito, N. Yoshimura, J. Takayama, S. Hiura, A. Murayama, K. Põhako-Esko, A. Kobayashi and M. Kato*, “Thermo- and Mechano-triggered Luminescence ON/OFF Switching by Supercooled Liquid/Crystal Transition of Platinum(II) Complex Thin Films”, Adv. Opt. Mater.2022, 2102614. DOI: 10.1002/adom.202102614, 2102614.N. (Back cover)

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