Prof. Dr. Satoru Tsushima
Phone: +49 351 260 2978

Personal web page of Satoru Tsushima

Scientific career

  • Since 2017:
    Specially Appointed Associate Professor at Tokyo Institute of Techology
  • Since 2006:
    Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and later Senior Scientist at HZDR
  • 2005-2006:
    Visiting Professor at AlbaNova University Center, Sweden
  • 2003-2005:
    Associate Professor at Nagoya University, Japan
  • 1999-2003:
    Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Tokyo, Japan
  • 1999:
    Doctor of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Research experiences and interests

I studied nuclear chemical engineering at the University of Tokyo where my initial interest was sorption of uranium on nanoparticles using surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy. After Ph.D. work, I switched to molecular modeling of actinide complexes in combination with X-ray absorption spectroscopy. I moved to Europe and first joined a theory group in Stockholm and later worked at synchrotron facility in France. I then moved to Dresden and focused on studying luminous character of uranium by combining quantum chemical calculations and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. Currently I work in biophysics division and my main focus is to apply fragment molecular orbital (FMO) method on metal-bound protein and DNA. I work closely with the developers of FMO program ABINIT-MP. Since 2017 I work partly at Tokyo Institute of Technology in the actinide coordination chemistry group of Prof. Koichiro Takao.

Recent collaborators

Prof. Hugh Burrows (University of Coimbra, Portugal),  Prof. Koichiro Takao (Tokyo Tech, Japan), Prof. Michael U. Kumke (Universität Potsdam, Germany),  Prof. Christophe Den Auwer ( Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France), Dr. Zoltan Szabo (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), Prof. Shinya Nagasaki (McMaster University , Canada), Prof. Evgeny V. Alekseev (FZ Jülich, Germany), Prof. Yuji Mochizuki (Rikkyo University, Japan), Dr. Dmitry Khakhulin (XFEL, Germany), Dr. Robert J.Baker (Trinity College, Ireland)


  • Promising Endeavor Award: Atomic Energy Society of Japan, March 2003
  • Waste Management Symposia 2004 Best Poster Award: Nuclear Engineering Division of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), February 2005


  • "Photochemische Entfernung von Uran(VI)-Verbindungen aus mit Uran(VI)-verschmutzten Flüssigkeiten", K.Fahmy, E.Attia, S.Tsushima, DE 10 2014 225 951.7
  • "Extraction/Separation Method of Uranium Compound", S.Kinoshita, S.Yamamoto, K.Masuda, Y.Nagase, R.Wada, K.Ohnishi, Y,Meguro, O.Tomioka, S.Tsushima, I.Yamamoto, JP 4534002, B


Total of 82 peer-reviewed articles with 1611 citations and h-index of 25 (Scopus). Complete publication list can be obtained via ORCID. Selected publications are given below. 

  • A.Rossberg, T.Abe, K.Okuwaki, A.Barkleit, K.Fukuzawa, T.Nakano, Y.Mochizuki, S.Tsushima "Destabilization of DNA through interstrand crosslink by UO22+" Chem. Comm. 2019, 55, 2015.
  • K.Takao, H.Kazama, Y.Ikeda, S.Tsushima "Crystal Structure of Regularly Th‐Symmetric [U(NO3)6]2− Salts with Hydrogen Bond Polymers of Diamide Building Blocks" Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2019, 58, 240.
  • B.Drobot, R.Steudtner, J.Raff, G.Geipel, V.Brendler, S.Tsushima "Combining Luminescence Spectroscopy, Parallel Factor Analysis and Quantum Chemistry to Reveal Metal Speciation - a Case Study of Uranyl(VI) Hydrolysis" Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 964-972.
  • H.Moll, A.Rossberg, R.Steudtner, B.Drobot, K.Müller, S.Tsushima "Uranium(VI) chemistry in strong alkaline solution: Speciation and Oxygen Exchange Mechanism" Inorg. Chem. 2014, 53, 1585.
  • H.Khesbak, O.Savchuk, S.Tsushima, K.Fahmy "The role of water H-bond imbalances in B-DNA substate transitions and peptide recognition revealed by time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy" J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 5834.
  • S.Tsushima, C.Götz, K.Fahmy "Photoluminescence of uranium(VI): quenching mechanism and role of uranium(V)" Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 8029.
  • S.Tsushima "Photochemical reduction of UO22+ in the presence of alcohol studied by DFT calculation" Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 4856.
  • S.Tsushima, U.Wahlgren, I.Grenthe "Quantum Chemical Calculations of Reduction Potentials of AnO22+/AnO2+ (An = U, Np, Pu, Am) and Fe3+/Fe2+ Couples" J. Phys. Chem. A, 2006, 110, 9175.


Prof. Dr. Satoru Tsushima
Phone: +49 351 260 2978