New materials, particularly those that are environmentally friendly, are much sought after. These can be created by manipulating existing materials. For example, the surface of materials can be changed with surface control technology using self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). This can be done to create materials that can be used in a variety of applications, such as in electronics, as biosensors and for wettability control. Professor Kazuo Yamaguchi, based at the Department of Chemistry, Kanagawa University, Japan, has extensive experience in this field and is working with a team of researchers to shed light on this area. His research focuses on topics such as the synthesis of photosensitive molecules and polymers, and their application as materials in electronics and biological sciences.