Molecular Chirality Research Center (MCRC)
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Molecular Chirality Research Center (MCRC) aims to develop innovative chiral materials, devices, and technologies through interdisciplinary research collaboration among Chiba University and domestic/overseas research institutions.
Chirality/helicity is universal in natural science, and it plays an important role in, for instance, chiral materials exhibit unique properties, such as circular dichroism for optical polarization.
Helical light fields, i.e., optical vortices and circularly polarized beams, carry spin and orbital angular, and they enable us to twist materials to structure chiral materials on a nano/micron-scale. Such chiral structured materials will have to pioneer new advanced technologies, including chiral optical devices with circular dichroism, chiral chemical reactors, chiral selective imagers, topological structured materials, etc.
Helical light beams should also bring a breakthrough to asymmetric synthesis, and further give the high impact to biology so as to reveal the origin of homochirality.
MCRC promotes strategic research projects by employing helical light beams, and it also leads a Strategic Priority Research Promotion Program of Chiba University, 'Chiral materials science'.