Taro Toyota

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Taro Toyota
The University of Tokyo
Department of Basic Science, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Job title
Associate Professor
Ph.D.(The University of Tokyo)
Research funding number


Chemistry for Intermediate between Living and Non-Living Matter:
Out-of-Equilibrium Dynamics of Molecular Assembly.
1. Time-dependent dynamics of reactive molecules coupled loosely.
2. Irreversible transformation and dynamics of molecular assembly.
3. Robust self-assembly in open system.

Research Areas


Published Papers

M. Matsuo, Y. Kan, K. Kurihara, T. Jimbo, M. Imai, *T. Toyota, Y. Hirata, K. Suzuki, *T. Sugawara
Scientific Reports   9 6916   May 2019   [Refereed]
M. Matsuo, S. Ohyama, K. Sakurai, T. Toyota, K. Suzuki, T. Sugawara
Chemistry and Physics of Lipids   222 1-7   2019   [Refereed]
H. Morohashi, M. Imai, *T. Toyota
Chemical Physics Letters   721 104-110   2019   [Refereed]
J. M. Castro, H. Sugiyama, *T. Toyota
Scientific Reports   9 165   Jan 2019   [Refereed]
*S. Honda, M. Oka, H. Takagi, T. Toyota
Angewandte Chemie International Edition   58 144-148   2019   [Refereed]
H. Sugiyama, *T. Toyota
Life   8(4) 53   2018   [Invited]
S. Konno, T. Banno, H. Takagi, S. Honda, *T. Toyota
PLOS ONE   13(8) e0202816   Aug 2018   [Refereed]
Y. Karasawa T. Nomoto, L. Chiari, T. Toyota, *M. Fujinami
Journal of Colloid and Interface Science   511 184-192   Feb 2018   [Refereed]
*S. Honda, N. Tanaka, T. Toyota
Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry   56(1) 9-15   Jan 2018   [Refereed]
*K. Takiguchi, M. Hayashi, Y. Kazayama, T. Toyota, Y. Harada, M. Nishiyama
Biological and Pharmaceutical Bulletin   41 288-293   2018
Y. Watahiki, T. Nomoto, L. Chiari, T. Toyota, *M. Fujinami
Langmuir   34(19) 5487-5494   2018   [Refereed]
A. Hirono, T. Toyota, K. Asakura, *T. Banno
Langmuir   34 7821-7826   2018   [Refereed]
T. Nomoto, M. Takahashi, T. Fujii, L. Chiari, T. Toyota, *M. Fujinami
Analytical Sciences   34 1237-1242   2018   [Refereed]
S. Uemoto, T. Toyota, L. Chiari, T. Nomoto, *M. Fujinami
Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects   529(20) 373-379   Sep 2017   [Refereed]
*S. Honda , *T. Toyota
Nature Communications   8 502   Sep 2017   [Refereed]
Biodistribution of liposomes in the lymphatics according to particle size
Y. Zhang, T. Toyota, H. Matsubara, *H. Hayashi
Japanese Journal of Lymphology   40(1) 23-30   Jun 2017   [Refereed]
N. Ueno, T. Banno, A. Asami, Y. Kazayama, Y. Morimoto, T. Osaki, S. Takeuchi, H. Kitahata, *T. Toyota
Langmuir   33(22) 5393-5397   May 2017   [Refereed]
T. Itoh, *T. Toyota, H. Higuchi, M. M. Matsushita, K. Suzuki, *T. Sugawara
Chemical Physics Letters   671 71-77   Mar 2017   [Refereed]

Books etc

Self-organized Motion: Physicochemical Design based on Nonlinear Dynamics
*T. Toyota, *T. Banno, K. Asakura (S. Nakata, V. Pimienta, I. Lagzi, H. Kitahata, N. J. Suematsu, eds.) (Part:Contributor, Chapter 5, Synthetic approaches to control self-propelled motion of micrometre-sized oil droplets in aqueous solution, pp.116-134)
RSC Publishing   Nov 2018   ISBN:dx.doi.org/10.1039/9781788013499
5.1 Introduction
Spontaneous motion of micrometre-sized objects has drawn much attention since the 19th century, starting from the discovery of the Brownian motion, and its theoretical description by Einstein and elaborate experimental verificatio...
Properties and Uses of Microemulsions
*T. Banno, T. Toyota, K. Asakura (Part:Contributor, Chapter 7, Self-Propelled Motion of Micrometer-Sized Oil Droplets in Aqueous Solution of Surfactant, pp.139-154)
InTech   May 2017   ISBN:978-953-51-3172-4
When an immiscible oil is dispersed in an aqueous solution of a surfactant, emulsions consisting of various-sized oil droplets are generated. Micrometer-sized oil droplets exhibit exotic dynamics such as self-propelled motion in the surfactant sol...
Fluorescence Imaging for Surgeons: Concepts and Applications
*H. Hayashi, T. Toyota, S. Goto, A. Oishi, T. Gao, L. B. Ee, H. Matsubara(F. D. Dip, T. Ishizawa, N. Kokudo, and R. J. Rosenthal eds) (Part:Contributor, Tissue Marker for Localization of Gastrointestinal Tumors, Fluorescence Imaging for Surgeons, pp.223-229)
Springer   Aug 2015   ISBN:10.1007/978-3-319-15678-1
It is essential to secure minimum surgical margins from tumors in the treatments of gastrointestinal malignancies. However, achievements of better curability of the disease and improvements of postoperative quality of of patients' l...
*T. Banno, T. Toyota, S. Matsumura (R. Chamy and F. Rosenkranz eds.) (Part:Contributor, Creation of Novel Green Surfactants Containing Carbonate Linkages, Chapter 5, pp.115-140)
Intech (Rijeka, Croatia)   Jun 2013   ISBN:978-953-51-1154-2
Chemistry has a key role to play in maintaining and improving our quality of life, such as in medicine, materials and electronics. However, it has also caused damage to human health and the natural environment. To make chemistry compatible with hu...
Innovations in Biotechnology
*T. Toyota, Y. Wakamoto, K. Hayashi, K. Ohnuma, (E. C. Agbo ed.) (Part:Contributor, Controlling Cell Migration with Micropattern, Chapter 9, pp.187-207)
Intech (Rijeka, Croatia)   Feb 2012   ISBN:978-953-51-0096-6
Long-distance and directional migration of cells is a critical step in development,
regeneration, and wound healing. However, physical barriers such as connective tissues and other cells prevent cells from freely migrating towards their destinatio...

Conference Activities & Talks

Cell-sized liposome as soft micro-reactor and detector [Invited]
Taro Toyota
Asian International Symposium in the 98th Chemical Society of Japan Annual Meeting   22 Mar 2018   
Diversity on locomotion modes of underwater molecular aggregates [Invited]
Taro Toyota
EON Workshop "Sensors, Motors and Behaviour at the Origin of Life"   28 Jul 2017   
Self-propelled Motion of Molecular Aggregates for Mobile Model Protocell [Invited]
Taro Toyota
The Origin of Life -Synergy among the RNA, Protein and Lipid Worlds-   30 May 2017   
Giant Vesicles Applicable to Bio-imaging Technology [Invited]
Taro Toyota, Masanori Fujinami
8th International Symposium on Nanomedicine (ISNM2014)   5 Dec 2014   
Locomotion, cleavage, and hatching of micrometer-sized oil droplets underwater [Invited]
Taro Toyota, Taisuke Banno
13 Nov 2014   
Application of Giant Liposome to Bio-imaging [Invited]
Taro Toyota
Chem-Bio Informatics Society (CBI) Annual Meeting   28 Oct 2014   
Locomotion of tubular giant vesicles [Invited]
Taro Toyota
Bridging the gap between matter and life, Tokyo(Japan)   3 Jun 2014   
Taro Toyota
Japanese-French Frontiers of Science Symposium, Metz(France)   24 Jan 2014   
Population Study of Sizes and Components of Self-Reproducing Giant Multilamellar Vesicles [Invited]
T. Toyota, K. Takakura, Y. Kageyama, K. Kurihara, N. Maru, K. Ohnuma, K. Kaneko, T. Sugawara
The 17th CDB Meeting “Toward Synthesis of Cells”   Oct 2008   
Morphology of Giant Vesicles Formed by Centrifuging Water-in-Oil Emulsion Layered on Water Phase [Invited]
T. Hosoi, T. Toyota, H. Takahashi, T. Sugawara, M. Fujinami, K. Oguma
International Workshop on Physical Phenomena in Multi-Component Membranes   Mar 2008   


Nature Communications Early Earth Collection      Dec 2018
T. M. Swager, N. A. Romero
Synfacts   13(11) 1144   2017
A. L. Chun
Nature Nanotechnology Research Highlights      May 2016
Nature Communications Research Highlights      Sep 2015
K. Sanderson
C&EN      Apr 2012
K. Sanderson
New Scientist      Sep 2011
J. Marchant
Nature News      Feb 2011
N. Stafford
Chemistry World      Mar 2009
K. Kleiner
New Scientist      Jul 2007

Research Grants & Projects

Electronic genomes exploring physical and chemical self-organization
The ELSI Origins Network SEED GRANT: 
Project Year: Oct 2016 - May 2017    Investigator(s): J.S.McCaskill(Ruhr University Bochum)