Watanabe Research Group, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science Division I, Tokyo University of Science


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Tokyo University of Science
Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science

Room 305, Building #5
12-1 Ichigayafunagawaramachi, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 162-0826 Japan

Tel: +81-3-3260-4271
Ext 5768 (Laboratory, Room 305)
Ext 5757 (Office, Room 316)

[Mailing address]
Prof. Kazuo Watanabe
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science
Tokyo University of Science
1-3 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku
Tokyo 162-8601 JAPAN


We enjoy research in a friendly atmosphere in Room 305, Building 5 of Kagurazaka Campus.

We are pursuing to establish a safe, efficient, and comfortable working environment.

Welcome! Visit us!

Research 1

Surface physical chemistry
Our efforts are focused on researches aiming to observe and control chemical reactions in nano- and single molecular scales by means of surface science and laser photoscience methods in the field of physical chemistry.

Adsorption states and chemical reactions of adsorbed molecules on supported metal nanoparticles
Model catalysts are fabricated by forming metal nanoparticles (mean diameter 2 - 10 nm) by physical vapor deposition on ultrathin oxide films under ultrahigh vacumm (10^-10 mbar).

Adsorption states and reactivity of atoms and molecules on the model catalysts are be studied by temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and laser-induced photodesorption as a function of particle sizes.

Ultrahigh vacuum apparatus
  • Two-level ultrahigh vacuum chambers (Preparation and measurement)
  • Triple Evaporator (Omicron)
  • QMS for temperature programmed desorption [TPD] (HIDEN)
  • QMS for mass-selected time-of-flight [MS-TOF] (HIDEN)
  • TOF-type electron spectrometer for two-photon photoemission (2PPE)
# Collaboration with Fritz Haber Institute of Max Planck Society.

Research 2

Creation of plasmonic nanomaterials
Noble metal nanoparticles/nanorods and their composites supporting plasmons (colletive oscillation of electrons) are synthesized. Their structure-optical property relationship is investigated and application to photocatalysts is pursued.


M2 (1)

M1 (3)

B4 (2+1)


"Growth Mechanism of Subsurface Argon Nanobubbles at Pd(111)", Hiroki Tanabe, Kazutaka Hayashi, Shun Hosoi, Naoki Hama, Yukie Yokota, and Kazuo Watanabe, J. Phys. Chem. C 123(13), 8256 (2019).

Selection for graduation research

  • Visit our laboratory in advance when you are applying to our group for "Research for Thesis" (graduation research).
  • Candidates will be preferred who wish to go on to the Department of Chemistry, the Graduate School of Science of TUS.
  • It is desirable that candidates have attended "Surface Physical Chemistry" for 3rd grade, 2nd semester.
  • Contact us as soon as possible especially when you wish to do graduation research in external institutions.

Visiting our laboratory

We would appreciate your making an appointment for a laboratory tour and/or a Zoom meeting.

Please contact Kazuo Watanabe.

Weekly schedule

Mon. Reading textbooks and reviews by turns
Thu. Journal club, Reading textbooks and reviews by turns
Fri. Group meeting for arrangement, discussion, progress report

Yearly schedule

Apr. Welcome party for new undergraduates
May -
Jun. -
Jul. Internal selection of candidates for the graduate school
Aug. Entrance examination of the graduate school
Sep. Group trip, autumn conferences
Oct. -
Nov. -
Dec. Year-end party
Jan. Abstract submission of bachelor and master theses
Feb. Master thesis presentation
Mar. Bachelor thesis presentation, spring conferences

Misc. events

Softball tournaments in June and October
Drinking, occasional (about monthly)
Birthday parties

Graduation research in external institutions

Opportunities of graduation research in external institutions for motivated and able students.
Contact us for appointments of visit and interview at the following institutions.

ISSP Yoshinobu Lab.

Hirata Lab. Geochemical Research Center, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo

For TUS Students

Employment coordinator
In charge of employment coordinator of the Department of Chemistry since October 1, 2019.
Please contact by email.

"Physical Chemistry 3A, 3B" for 3rd grade, 1st and 2nd semesters
"Chemical Kinetics" for 3rd grade, 1st semester
"Surface Physical Chemistry" for 3rd grade, 2nd semester
"Advanced Molecular Science 3" for graduate students, 2nd semester, biannual

Classes in charge (Department of Chemistry)
Please visit the Consultation Room of TUS first, however, counseling concerning issues in study and campus life is available for the assigned students (and their guarantors) of the Department of Chemistry.
Contact us for appointments.
Consultation Room of TUS (Japanese page)


Copyright(C) 2022 Kazuo Watanabe

Last updated 2022/03/31