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Department of Chemistry

Dr. Takashi Ito


B.S., University of Tokyo, Japan (1993),
          Mentor: Prof. Yoshio Umezawa
M.S., University of Tokyo, Japan (1995),
          Mentor: Prof. Yoshio Umezawa
Ph.D., University of Tokyo, Japan (1998),
          Mentor: Prof. Yoshio Umezawa
Research Associate, Tokyo University of Science (1998-2001),
          Mentor: Prof. Yuko Hasegawa
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University (2001-4),
          Mentor: Prof. Richard M. Crooks

Office: KG 303
Email: ito@ksu.edu
Office Phone: 785-532-1451
Fax: 785-532-6666


Website: Ito Group


Analytical Chemistry, Nanomaterials, Electrochemistry, Chemical Recognition, Fluorescence and scanning probe microscopy, and Micro-/Nanofluidics

Positions available for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in chemical separations, sensing and catalysis with self-assembled nanostructures. Please email Dr. Ito (ito@ksu.edu) for more information.


Research Overview

Our research interests involve development of new separation and sensing techniques based on nanostructured materials for chemical and biological targets of medical and environmental interests.  In addition, we strive to establish novel methods for self-organized fabrication of nanostructured materials of controlled morphologies and chemical properties, and to understand the separation/sensing/catalysis mechanisms within such nanostructured materials at the molecular level.



Selected Publications (Complete list of publications)

H. Coceancigh, K.-H. Tran-Ba, N. Siepser, L. A. Baker, T. Ito “Longitudinally Controlled Modification of Cylindrical and Conical Track-Etched Poly(ethylene terephthalate) Pores Using Electrochemically-Assisted Click Reaction” Langmuir  2017, 33, 11998-12006.

G. Ghimire,H. Coceancigh, Y. Yi, T. Ito “Electrochemical Characterization and Catalytic Application of Gold-Supported Ferrocene-Containing Diblock Copolymer Thin Films in Ethanol Solution” ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces  2017, 9, 2906-2913.

K.-H. Tran-Ba, D. A. Higgins, T. Ito "Fluorescence Recovery After Photobleaching and Single-Molecule Tracking Measurements of Anisotropic Diffusion within Identical Regions of a Cylinder-Forming Diblock Copolymer Film", Anal. Chem2015, 87, 5802-5809.


Recent Reviews

H. Coceancigh, D. A. Higgins, T. Ito “Optical Microscopic Techniques for Synthetic Polymer Characterization”, Anal. Chem., 2019, DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.8b04694.

T. Ito, G. Ghimire “Electrochemical Applications of Microphase-Separated Block Copolymer Thin Films”, ChemElectroChem, 2018, DOI: 10.1002/celc.201800576.



We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for providing financial support to our research.

• The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences (DE-SC0002362)

• National Science Foundation, Division of Chemistry (CHE-1709285)

• American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Funds (ACS PRF #46192-G5)

• NSF Kansas EPSCoR RFP Planning and Innovation Grants (NSF43529)

• KSU (Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research, University Small Research Grant (USRG), Targeted Excellence Funds)