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Gunma University

International Open Laboratory

Laboratory with Institute Charles Gerhardt of Montpellier (CNRS-ENSCM-UM)

Armelle Ouali

Yujia Liu
(Assistant Professor)

Michel Wong Chi Man
(Professor-Group leader)


International Open Laboratory with Institute Charles Gerhardt of Montpellier (CNRS (National Center of Scientific Research) – ENSCM (National School of Chemistry of Montpellier) – UM (University of Montpellier)) aims at the development of novel substances or materials regarding production, storage, and effective usage of energy taking advantage of the element properties of silicon, carbon, or fluorine under the supervision of a PI from ICGM.
In January 2018, Prof. Dr. Armelle Ouali was inducted as PI, and Dr. Yujia Liu has become the assistant Professor. They work together to conduct research and education shown in the following items:

(1) Building new functionalizable well-defined silsesquioxanes in cooperation with Prof. Masafumi Unno’s group and apply them in various fields. For e. g., in the domain of supported catalysis, the grafting of molecular catalysts on targeted inorganic building blocks is expected to lead to highly active and recyclable catalytic systems. These eco-compatible catalysts will be employed in reactions giving rise to compounds of interest in the fields of life and materials sciences. More generally, the new silsesquioxanes targeted are designed to open new opportunities in different domains and their potential will also be explored in materials chemistry, electronic devices and energy-related products.

(2) Development of functionalized silsesquioxanes or siloxanes with novel structures. Application to electronic or energy-related materials will be also investigated.



1. Yujia Liu, Nobuhiro Takeda, Armelle Ouali, Masafumi Unno, Synthesis, Characterzation and Funcitonalization of Tetrafunctional Double-Decker Siloxanes, Inorg. Chem. 2019, 58, 4093-4098.


Oral presentations


the lab

the office

The 5th International Symposium of Gunma University Initiative for Advanced Research (GIAR), October 23rd, 2018, Maebashi, Japan:Yujia Liu’s presentation