Nanomaterials and Polymer Chemistry Laboratory
Education and Research Activities in the 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.
In order to give additional functions and higher physical properties, general synthetic polymers are modified. For example, an oil gel using polystyrene and functional polyurethane through monomer design (Fig. 1)
Multi-functional Biodegradable polymers are designed. For example, the medical materials for circular organs, long-term release, and antithrombotic surface materials by poly (trimethylene carbonate) derivatives (Fig. 2)
Functional materials are designed using amphiphilic polymers. For example, N-vinylamide derivatives for gas hydrate inhibitors and antibacterial materials (Fig. 3)
In order to produce functional polymer materials, nanostructure control approaches are employed. For example, nano thin films for thermal storage materials and adhesives and nano particles for drug delivery systems (Fig. 4)
Recent Research Papers and Achievements
1.D. Aoki, H. Ajiro*, Macromol. Rapid Commun. accepted 2018.
2.P. Charoensumran, H. Ajiro*, Polym. J. accepted 2018.
3.K. Kan, H. Ajiro*, Chem. Lett. 2018, 47, 591
4.D. Aoki, H. Ajiro*, Macromolecules 2017, 50, 6529.
5.N. Chanthaset, Y. Takahashi, Y. Haramiishi, M. Akashi, H. Ajiro*, J. Polym. Sci. Part A: Polym. Chem. 2017, 55, 3466.
6.S. Seitz, M. Akashi, H. Ajiro*, Colloid Polym. Sci. 2017, 295, 1541.
7.R. Kawatani, Y. Nishiyama, H. Kamikubo, K. Kakiuchi, H. Ajiro*, Nanoscale Res. Lett. 2017, 12, 461.
8.S. Fujishiro, K. Kan, M. Akashi, H. Ajiro*, Polym. Degrad. Stab. 2017, 141, 69.
9.H. Ajiro*, K. Kan, M. Akashi*, J. Nanosci. Nanotechnol. 2017, 17, 837.
10.K. Kan, M. Akashi, H. Ajiro*, Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2016, 217, 2679 [Cover Picture].
11.K. Kan, M. Fujiki*, M. Akashi*, H. Ajiro*, ACS Macro Lett. 2016, 5, 1014.
12.H. Ajiro* T. Ueyama, M. Akashi*, Colloids Surf. A, 2016, 506, 338.
13.Y. Haramiishi, N. Chanthaset, K. Kan, M. Akashi, H. Ajiro*, Polym. Degrad. Stab. 2016, 130, 78.
14.R. Kawatani, K. Kan, M.A. Kelland, M. Akashi, H. Ajiro*, Chem. Lett. 2016, 45, 589.
15.H. Ajiro*, S. Ito, K. Kan, M. Akashi*, Macromol. Biosci. 2016, 16, 694., etc.