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Graduate School of Science and Engineering
Applied Chemistry

Polymer Chemistry Laboratory

Biopolymer Nano & Material Science

Staff

Nobuyuki HIGASHI [Professor]

Nobuyuki HIGASHI
[Professor]
Acceptable course
Master's degree course
Doctoral degree course
Telephone : +81-774-65-6622
nhigashi@mail.doshisha.ac.jp
Office : SC-422
Database of Researchers
Tomoyuki KOGA [Associate Professor]

Tomoyuki KOGA
[Professor]
Acceptable course
Master's degree course
Doctoral degree course
Telephone : +81-774-65-6621
tkoga@mail.doshisha.ac.jp
Office : SC-421
Database of Researchers

Research Topics

  • Research and development of functional peptide nano-materials
  • Development of high-functional block polymers through hybridization of artificial peptides and synthetic polymers
  • Development of self-healable / stimuli-responsive polymer materials.
  • Design of a functional bio-interface
  • Research and development of supra-molecular artificial membranes and functional design based on their higher-order structure

Research Contents

Research at the Polymer Chemistry Laboratory is aimed at producing innovative functional polymer soft materials with well-regulated nanostructures. For this purpose, the self-assembling/folding systems of biopolymers such as peptides and proteins would be a good model. For example, proteins express their essential function by way of highly-organized conformations based on amino-acid sequences. Applying the structural and functional principles of biopolymers to a synthetic macromolecular system is of importance, especially for designing novel smart materials. We model these biological functions at a molecular level, elucidate the fundamental and academically important mechanisms for the expression of biofunctions, and consider the formation of energy-efficient, functional polymer elements for use in engineering. And, to accomplish these goals, we work comprehensively on the design, synthesis and characterization of biopolymer self-organization systems.

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Design of peptide-based nanomaterials
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     Smart biopolymer materials

Keywords

  • Biomaterials
  • Self-assembling peptides
  • Block and graft Copolymers
  • Self-healable/stimuli-responsive polymer materials.
  • Controlled polymer synthesis
  • Bio-interface
  • Smart hydrogels