Kawauchi Research Group
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.
Takehiro KAWAUCHI, Ph.D.
|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|
|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|
Department of Materials Chemistry, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology,
1-5 Yokotani, Oe-cho, Seta, Otsu, Shiga, 520-2194, JAPAN