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Department of Chemistry

Takashi Ito   

Dr. Takashi Ito

Professor Research Themes
Functional Materials, Catalysis, and NanochemistryEnergy, Environment, Agriculture, and Sustainability
Spectroscopy, Imaging, and Dynamics 
locationKing Hall 303 
phone785-532-1451 (office)
785-532-6726 (lab)
Lab Website Link



Visiting Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory (on sabbatical)
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor 
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Texas A&M University (Mentor: Prof. Richard M. Crooks)
Research Associate, Tokyo University of Science (Mentor: Prof. Yuko Hasegawa)
Ph.D., The University of Tokyo (Mentor: Prof. Yoshio Umezawa)
M.S., The University of Tokyo (Mentor: Prof. Yoshio Umezawa)
B.S., The University of Tokyo (Mentor: Prof. Yoshio Umezawa)

Membrane Separations, Electrochemical Sensing, Nanoporous Materials, Chemical Recognition, Fluorescence and scanning probe microscopy, Synchrotron X-ray Techniques, and Micro-/Nanofluidics


Positions available for graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in membrane separations and chemical sensing with nanostructured materials. Please email Dr. Ito (ito@ksu.edu) for more information.


Research Overview

The goal of our research is to understand design principles of nanoporous media for highly selective and efficient chemical sensing. 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 mechanisms within such nanostructured materials at the molecular level. Fundamental knowledge gained in our research will permit us to develop nanoporous materials for highly-efficient detection, removal, and recovery of chemical species relevant to environmental and energy sciences. These materials will facilitate the sustainable development of our society through improvement of water quality, energy utilization, and critical material recycling.

research summary-January 2021


Selected Recent Publications (Complete list of publications)

T. Ito, H. Coceancigh, Y. Yi, J. N. Sharma, F. C. Parks, A. H. Flood “Nanoporous Thin Films Formed from Photocleavable Diblock Copolymers on Gold Substrates Modified with Thiolate Self-Assembled Monolayers”, Langmuir 2020, 36, 9259-9268.

G. Ghimire, M. M. Moore, R. Leuschen, S. Nagasaka, N. Kameta, M. Masuda, D. A. Higgins, T. Ito “Influences of Hydrogen Bonding-Based Stabilization of Bolaamphiphile Layers on Molecular Diffusion within Organic Nanotubes Having Inner Carboxyl Groups”, Langmuir 2020, 36, 6145-6153.

Z. Harandizadeh, T. Ito “Block Copolymer-Derived Recessed Nanodisk-Array Electrodes as Platforms for Folding-Based Electrochemical DNA Sensors”, ChemElectroChem 2019, 6, 5627-5632.

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

T. Ito, A. Nathani “Electrochemical Sensing at Nanoporous Film-Coated Electrodes”, Electrochem. Sci. Adv. 2021, e2100126.

T. Ito, D. A. Higgins "Fluorescence Microscopic Investigations of Molecular Dynamics in Self-Assembled Nanostructures", Chem. Rec.  2021, 21, 1417–1429.

H. Coceancigh, D. A. Higgins, T. Ito “Optical Microscopic Techniques for Synthetic Polymer Characterization”, Anal. Chem. 2019, 91, 405-424.

T. Ito, G. Ghimire “Electrochemical Applications of Microphase-Separated Block Copolymer Thin Films”, ChemElectroChem 2018, 5, 2937-2953. 



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); CHE-MPS/CHE-Undergraduate Programs in Chemistry (CHE-1460898 and CHE-1852182)

• 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)