NAIST Division of Materials Science

Nanomaterials and Polymer Chemistry Laboratory

Based on the concept of “molecular technology”, this laboratory was established in 2015 to conduct research on functional materials and nanomaterials in the field of polymer chemistry. Students who are interested in polymer synthesis and nanomaterials are welcome. The development of functional polymer materials requires knowledge of organic synthesis, analytical methods, and materials design, all of which are covered in the laboratory. We offer a thorough education to prepare students to become researchers through discussions, presentations, and participation in academic conferences and meetings.

We aim to create functional polymer materials through the application of “molecular technology”. In this laboratory, high-performance polymers and functional polymers are prepared by various approaches such as molecular design, polymer structure control, and effective polymer-polymer interaction.

Trimethylene carbonate derivatives and N-vinylamide derivatives, for example, are selected as biomaterial applications. (Fig. 1)

Thermal, pH, and light are used for stimuli-responsive polymer materials, which change their chemical and physical properties. (Fig. 2)

Nanoparticles, nanofibers, and nanofilms are design and prepared using polymer-polymer interactions, such as van der Waals and electrostatic interactions. (Fig. 3)

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1.  S.Fujishiro, K. Kan, M. Akashi, H. Ajiro*, “Stability of Adhesive Interfaces by Stereocomplex Formation of Polylactides and Hybridization with Nanoparticles”, Polym. Degrad. Stab. 2017, 141, 69.

2.  K.Kan, M. Akashi, H. Ajiro*, “Polylactides Bearing Vanillin at Chain End Provided Dual Dynamic Interactions: Stereocomplex Formation, and Nanostructre Control”, Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2016, 217(24), 2679.

3.  H. Ajiro*, S. Ito, K. Kan, M. Akashi*, “Catechin Modified Polylactide Stereocomplex at Chain End Improved Antibiobacterial Property”, Macromol. Biosci. 2016, 16(5), 694.

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