Dr. Hiroshi SATO

Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering

The University of Tokyo


Dr. Hiroshi Sato was born in Oita in 1980, Japan. He received Ph. D degree under the direction of Prof. Takuzo Aida at the University of Tokyo, where his work focused on the development of host-guest systems of π-conjugated molecules such as porphyrins and fullerenes. In 2008, he moved to Kyoto University and joined the research group of Prof. Susumu Kitagawa. In Susumu’s group he worked on porous coordination polymer (PCP) or metal-organic framework (MOF) chemistry, focusing on making new porous compounds with photo-responsive properteis. In August 2014, Hiroshi assumed his current position of Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Tokyo. His research involves the synthesis and application of new porous materials for a new scientific field, with emphasis on stimuli response characteristics.


2006.4–2008.3:JSPS Research Fellow, The University of Tokyo (with Prof. Takuzo Aida)

2008.4–2012.2:Postdoctoral Researcher, The Exploratory Research for Advanced Technology (ERATO) Project, 

                            Japan Science and Technology Agency (with Prof. Susumu Kitagawa)

2010.10–2012.2:Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (WPI-iCeMS), 

                            Kyoto University (with Prof. Susumu Kitagawa)

2012.3–2014.7:Assistant Professor, WPI-iCeMS, Kyoto University (with Prof. Susumu Kitagawa)

2014.8–2020.6:Lecturer, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo (with Prof. Takuzo Aida)

2020.7–Present:Associate Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo (with Prof. Takuzo Aida)


BS. School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo (2003)

MS.School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo (2005)

Ph.D. School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo (2008)


2017:Young Investigation Excellence Award, Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry.

2017:Young Scholar Lectures of CSJ, The 97th Spring Meeting of the Chemical Society of Japan, Yokohama, Japan.

2014:PCCP Prize (presented jointly by Royal Society of Chemistry and Chemical Society of Japan)

2013:Poster Prize, The 64th Divisional Meeting on Colloid & Interface Chemistry, Nagoya, Japan.

2013:Poster Prize, Challenges in Organic Material & Supramolecular Chemistry (ISACS10), Kyoto, Japan.

2013:Lectureship Award, The 93th Spring Meeting of the Chemical Society of Japan, Kusatsu, Japan.

2012:Poster Prize, The 26th Symposium of Japanese Adsorption Society, Tsukuba, Japan.


Photochemically Crushable and Regenerative Metal–Organic Framework

H. Sato, T. Matsui, Z. Chen, J. Pirillo, Y. Hijikata, and T. Aida

J. Am. Chem. Soc2020142, 14069–14073.

Photoswitching to the Core

J.-S. M. Lee, and H. Sato

Nature Chem. 202012, 584–585 (News & Views).

Observation of Exotic Water in Hydrophilic Nanospace of Porous Coordination Polymers

T. Ichii, T. Arikawa, K. Omoto, N. Hosono, H. Sato, S. Kitagawa, and K. Tanaka

Commun. Chem. 20203, Article number: 16.

Pseudo Gated Adsorption with Negligible Volume Change Evoked by Halogen Bond Interaction in the Nanospace of MOFs

P. Kanoo, R. Matsuda, H. Sato, L. Li, N. Hosono, and S. Kitagawa

Chem. Eur. J. 202026, 2148–2153.

Dynamic Topochemical Reaction Tuned by Guest Molecules in the Nanospace of a Metal–Organic Framework

S. Kusaka, A. Kiyose, H. Sato, Y. Hijikata, A. Hori, Y. Ma, and R. Matsuda

J. Am. Chem. Soc2019141, 15742–15746.

One-Step Synthesis of an Adaptive Nanographene MOF: Adsorbed Gas-Dependent Geometrical Diversity

S. Suginome, H. Sato, A. Hori, A. Mishima, Y. Harada, S. Kusaka, R. Matsuda, J. Pirillo, Y. Hijikata, and T. Aida

J. Am. Chem. Soc2019141, 15649–15655.

Stepwise Expansion of Layered Metal–Organic Frameworks for Nonstochastic Exfoliation into Porous Nanosheets

V. K.-M. Au, K. Nakayashiki, H. Huang, S. Suginome, H. Sato, and T. Aida

J. Am. Chem. Soc2019141, 53–57.

Self-Assembly of Lattices with High Structural Complexity from a Geometrically Simple Molecule

H. Yamagishi, H. Sato, A. Hori, R. Matsuda, K. Kato, and T. Aida

Science 2018, 361, 12421246.

Crystalline Nanochannels with Pendant Azobenzene Groups: Steric or Polar Effects on Gas Adsorption and Diffusion?

H. Huang, H. Sato, and T. Aida

J. Am. Chem. Soc2017139, 87848787.

Flexible Interlocked Porous Frameworks Allow Quantitative Photoisomerization in a Crystalline Solid

Y. Zheng, H. Sato, P. Wu, H. J. Jeon, R. Matsuda, and S. Kitagawa

Nature Commun20178, 100.

Constant Volume Gate-Opening by Freezing Rotational Dynamics in Microporous Organically Pillared Layered Silicates

K. Bärwinkel, M. M. Herling, M. Rieß, H. Sato, L. Li, Y. S. Avadhut, T. W. Kemnitzer, H. Kalo, J. Senker, R. Matsuda, S. Kitagawa, and J. Breu

J. Am. Chem. Soc2017139,904.

Metal–Organic Polyhedral Core as a Versatile Scaffold for Divergent and Convergent Star Polymer Synthesis

N. Hosono, M. Gochomori, R. Matsuda, H. Sato, and S. Kitagawa

J. Am. Chem. Soc2016138, 6525.

An Adsorbate Discriminatory Gate Effect in a Flexible Porous Coordination Polymer for Selective Adsorption of CO2over C2H2

M. L. Foo, R. Matsuda, Y. Hijikata, R. Krishna, H. Sato, S. Horike, A. Hori, J. Duan, Y. Sato, Y. Kubota, M. Takata, and S. Kitagawa

J. Am. Chem. Soc2016138, 3022.

A Convenient Strategy for Designing a Soft Nanospace: An Atomic Exchange in a Ligand with Isostructural Frameworks

Y. Ma, R. Matsuda, H. Sato, Y. Hijikata, L. Li, S. Kusaka, M. L. Foo, F. Xue, G. Akiyama, R. Yuan, and S. Kitagawa

J. Am. Chem. Soc2015137, 15825.

Porous coordination polymers with ubiquitous and biocompatible metals and a neutral bridging ligand

S. Noro, J. Mizutani, Y. Hijikata, R. Matsuda, H. Sato, S. Kitagawa, K. Sugimoto, Y. Inubushi, K. Kubo, T. Nakamura

Nature Commun20146, 5851.

CatalyticGlucose Isomerization by Porous Coordination Polymers with Open Metal Sites

G. Akiyama, R. Matsuda, H. Sato, S. Kitagawa

Chem. Asian J20149, 2772–2777.

Densely Fluorinated Nanospace of a Porous Coordination Polymer Composed of Perfluorobutyl-Functionalized Ligand

H. J. Jeon, R. Matsuda, P. Kanoo, H. Kajiro, L. Li, H. Sato, Y. Zheng, S. Kitagawa

Chem. Commun. 201450, 10861–10863.

A Crystalline Porous Coordination Polymer Decorated with Nitroxyl Radicals Catalyzes Aerobic Oxidation of Alcohols

L. Li, R. Matsuda, I. Tanaka, H. Sato, P. Kanoo, H. J. Jeon, M. L. Foo, A. Wakamiya, Y. Murata, S. Kitagawa

J. Am.Chem. Soc2014136, 7543–7546.

Self-Accelerating CO Sorption in a Soft Nanoporous Crystal

H. Sato, W. Kosaka, R. Matsuda, A. Hori, Y. Hijikata, R. V. Belosludov, S. Sakaki, M. Takata, S. Kitagawa

Science2014343, 167–170. (Early Exposure as Science Express; News & View by Prof. K. S. Walton in Nature Chemistry)

Does Functionalisation Enhance CO2 Uptake in Interpenetrated MOFs? An Examination of the IRMOF-9 Series

R. Babarao, C. J. Coghlan, D. Rankine, W. M. Bloch, G. K. Gransbury, H. Sato, S. Kitagawa, C. J. Sumby, M. R. Hill, C. J. Doonan

Chem. Commun201450, 3238–3241.

Selective NO Trapping in the Pores of Chain-Type Complex Assemblies Based on Electronically Activated Paddlewheel-Type [Ru2II,II]/[Rh2II,II] Dimers

W. Kosaka, K. Yamagishi, A. Hori, H. Sato, R. Matsuda, S. Kitagawa, M. Takata, H. Miyasaka

J. Am. Chem. Soc2013135, 18469–18480.

In Situ Generation of Functionality in a Reactive Haloalkane-Based Ligand for the Design of New Porous Coordination Polymers

P. Kanoo, R. Matsuda, H. Sato, L. Li, H. J. Jeon, S. Kitagawa

Inorg. Chem201352, 10735–10737.

Photochemical Cycloaddition on the Pore Surface of a Porous Coordination Polymer Impacts on the Sorption Behavior

H. Sato, R. Matsuda, M. H. Mir, S. Kitagawa

Chem. Commun201248, 7911–7913. (Selected as the back cover)

Highly Rigid and Stable Porous Cu(I) Metal-Organic Framework with Reversible Single-Crystal-to-Single-Crystal Structural Transformation

S. Mohapatra, H. Sato, R. Matsuda, S. Kitagawa, T. K. Maji

CrystEngComm201214, 4153–4156.

Effect of Functional Groups in MIL-101 on Water Sorption Behavior

G. Akiyama, R. Matsuda, H. Sato, A. Hori, M. Takata, S. Kitagawa

Microporous Mesoporous Mater2012157, 89–93.

Gas Detection by Probing the Structural Transformation of Soft Porous Crystals

N. Yanai, K. Kitayama, Y. Hijikata, H. Sato, R. Matsuda, Y. Kubota, M. Takata, M. Mizuno, T. Uemura, S. Kitagawa

Nature Mater201110, 787–793.

Cellulose Hydrolysis by a New Porous CoordinationPolymer Decorated with Sulfonic Acid Functional Groups

G. Akiyama, R. Matsuda, H. Sato, S. Kitagawa

Adv. Mater201129, 3294–3297.

Relationship between Channel and Sorption Properties in Coordination Polymers with Interdigitated Structures

Y. Hijikata, S. Horike, M. Sugimoto, H. Sato, R. Matsuda, S. Kitagawa

Chem. Eur. J201117, 5138–5144.

Photoactivation of a Nanoporous Crystal for On-demand Guest Trapping and Conversion

H. Sato, R. Matsuda, K. Sugimoto, M. Takata, S. Kitagawa

Nature Mater20109, 661–666. (Highlighted in News & Views by Prof. M. Rosseinsky in Nature Materials; Selected as Featured Highlight in Nature Asia Materials)

Temperature Responsive Channel Uniformity Impacts on Highly Guest-Selective Adsorption in a Porous Coordination Polymer

R. Matsuda, T. Tsujino, H. Sato, Y. Kubota, M. Takata, S. Kitagawa

Chem. Sci20101, 315–321. (Selected as the inside cover)

Control of Interpenetration for Tuning Structural Flexibility Influences Sorption Properties

S. Bureekaew, H. Sato, R. Matsuda, Y. Kubota, R. Hirose, J. Kim, K. Kato, M. Takata, S. Kitagawa

Angew. Chem. Int. Ed201049, 7660–7664.

Prominent Electron Transport Property Observed for Triply Fused Metalloporphyrin Dimer: Directed Columnar Liquid Crystalline Assembly by Amphiphilic Molecular Design

T. Sakurai, K. Shi, H. Sato, K. Tashiro, A. Osuka, A. Saeki, S. Seki, S. Tagawa, S. Sasaki, H. Masunaga, K. Osaka, M. Takata, T. Aida

J. Am. Chem. Soc2008130, 13812–13813.

Positive Heterotropic Cooperativityfor Selective Guest Binding via Electronic Communications through a Fused Zinc Porphyrin Array

H. Sato, K. Tashiro, H. Shinmori, A. Osuka, Y. Murata, K. Komatsu, T. Aida

J. Am. Chem. Soc2005127, 13086–13087.

Cyclic Dimer of a Fused Porphyrin Zinc Complex as a Novel Host with two π-Electronically Coupled Binding Sites

H. Sato, K. Tashiro, A. Osuka, T. Aida

Chem. Commun200549, 2324–2326.


Hiroshi SATO