Kawauchi Research Group, Department of Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Ryukoku University

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Department of Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Ryukoku University

1-5 Yokotani, Oe-cho, Seta, Otsu, Shiga, 520-2194, JAPAN

瀬田学舎1号館2階203研究室(1-203)

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Kawauchi Research Group

Research Overview

The macromolecule has a structure in which many constituent units (monomeric units) are repeatedly connected. Many biomolecules such as proteins and DNA are also macromolecules, and their primary structures such as chemical structure, molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, configuration (stereoregularity), and chain-end group are perfectly controlled. Based on the defined primary structure, biopolymers form secondary structures such as α-helix, β-sheet, and double helix, and as a result, they form assembled structures in which they are precisely arranged to express crucial sophisticated functions. Therefore, the primary structure control seems to be the key to the biological functions. Even synthetic polymers, if we control the primary structure of macromolecules and their integration process, new macromolecular materials with designed functions comparable to living organisms should be achieved. Our research interests are (1) development of polymerization system to control the primary structure, (2) characterization of the structure controlled synthetic polymer, and (3) fabrication of functional materials integrating the well-defined macromolecules.

Principal Investigator

Takehiro KAWAUCHI, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Education

1998 B.A. Osaka University, Faculty of Engineering Science
2000 M.S. Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering Science
2003 Ph.D. Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering Science

Professional Experience

2003-2006 Researcher, JST-ERATO Yashima Super-Structured Helix Project, Nagoya University
2006-2011 Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental and Life Sciences, Toyohashi Institute of Technology
2009-2010 Visiting Researcher, Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara
2011-2017 Research Associate Professor, Group Leader, JST-ERATO Iyoda Supra-Integrated Material Project, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2017-present Associate Professor, Department of Materials Chemistry, Ryukoku University

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Department of Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Ryukoku University
1-5 Yokotani, Oe-cho, Seta, Otsu, Shiga, 520-2194, JAPAN

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