Graduate School of Science and Engineering Applied Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry Laboratory
Biopolymer Nano & Material Science
|Master's degree course
|Doctoral degree course
- 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 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.
Smart biopolymer materials
- Self-assembling peptides
- Block and graft Copolymers
- Self-healable/stimuli-responsive polymer materials.
- Controlled polymer synthesis
- Smart hydrogels