Specially Appointed Associate Professor: Kensuke KURIHARA, Ph.D.
E-mail: kkurihara[at]



Construction of protocells, which are created from simple molecules, has drawn much attention as part of researchers’ ongoing exploration of life’s origins and the creation of artificial life. Such protocells are assumed to have replicating systems of information and producing systems of compartments via metabolic systems. As advanced protocell models, vesicles, which are composed of amphiphiles, have been widely used due to similarities in the structure and morphological behavior of biological cell membranes. We aim to construct cell-mimic vesicles from organic chemical and supramolecular approach. In the lecture, I introduce our self-reproducing vesicular system in which the production of the catalyst intertwines with that of the vesicular membrane molecules.


1) L. Sheng & K. Kurihara, Chem. Commun. 52, 7786-7789 (2016)

2) L. Sheng & K. Kurihara, Chem. Lett. 45, 598-600. (2016)

3) K. Kurihara, Y. Okura, M. Matsuo, T. Toyota, K. Suzuki & T. Sugawara, Nature Commun. 6, 8352. (2015)

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