• Takuo Minato, Takamasa Teramoto, Naruhiko Adachi, Nguyen Khac Hung, Kaho Yamada, Masato Kawasaki, Masato Akutsu, Toshio Moriya, Toshiya Senda, Seiji Ogo, Yoshimitsu Kakuta, Ki-Seok Yoon, "Non-conventional octameric structure of Cphycocyanin", Communications Biology, 4(1), 1238 (2021). DOI
  • Takuo Minato, Salley Daniel, Noritaka Mizuno, Kazuya Yamaguchi, Leroy Cronin, Kosuke Suzuki, "Robotic Stepwise Synthesis of Hetero-Multinuclear Metal Oxo Clusters as Single-Molecule Magnets", Journal of the American Chemical Society, 143(32), 12809–12816 (2021). DOI
  • Takuo Minato, Kosuke Suzuki, Kazuya Yamaguchi, Noritaka Mizuno, "Synthesis and disassembly/reassembly of giant ringshaped polyoxotungstate oligomers", Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 55(33), 9630–9633 (2016). DOI

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Born in Tokyo, Dr. Minato initially attended the University of Tokyo. Following his graduation from the Faculty of Engineering, he pursued further studies at the same university, earning his doctoral degree in 2017. Subsequently, he conducted a six-month postdoctoral research stint at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom. Upon returning to Japan in 2018, he assumed the second postdoctoral position at the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University. Since January 2021, he has been actively engaged in research as an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering, Hiroshima University.

Molecules containing various types of multiple metal cations (hetero-multinuclear metal clusters) are crucial for catalysts and magnetic materials. However, systematic synthesis has been challenging. Dr. Minato has developed an inorganic synthesis method that allows precise control over the structure of hetero-multinuclear metal clusters, enabling the placement of desired metal cations at desired locations. This method development has expanded the possibilities of inorganic synthesis, allowing for catalysts capable of ultra-multi-electron redox reactions and magnetic materials that significantly enhance recording density. He is currently aiming for further innovation, emphasizing the development of more fundamental and precise synthetic techniques while venturing into precise molecular synthesis at the mesoscale size.