Tomoyuki Ikai received his B.S. (2003), M.S. (2005), and Ph.D. (2008) degrees from Nagoya University in the group of Professors Yoshio Okamoto and Masami Kamigaito. In 2008, he joined Nagoya University as Assistant Professor. After spending five months at MIT with Prof. Timothy M. Swager, he moved to Kanazawa University in 2009 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2014. He joined the Swager group again in the spring of 2016 as a Visiting Professor. His research focuses on the synthesis and investigation of functional surfactants for chemical sensing applications.