Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

Kansei EngineeringDeveloping materials that can be used safely without harming people or the environmentDepartment of Advanced Textile and Kansei EngineeringI am working to develop materials that can be used safely without harming people or the environment by using biomass plastics made from renewable resources such as sugars and plant oils as well as biodegradable plastics that are broken down in the environment through the action of microorganisms.Toshihisa TanakaAssociate ProfessorComposite ber materials are developed by creating high-tensile bers from biodegradable polymers with numerous micropores and adding water-soluble polymers.An electron microscope is used to analyze the ne structure of a water-soluble polymer gel sheet designed to facilitate seed sprouting and growth to assist in aorestation of arid regions.Associate Professor Tanaka took his current position in 2007 after working as a researcher for a project of the Japan Science and Technology Corporation’s Core Research for Evolutional Science and Technology and later as a doctoral research fellow at RIKEN.My goal is to develop products that are compatible with living organisms (humans), including medical materials (suture materials, cell cultivation sheets, and surgical dressings), health and nursing products (sheets and lters for cosmetics), sheets that transform sea water into fresh water, and even aorestation sheets for use in arid regions.Outlook for researchGraduates work not only at material and manufacturing companies involved in materials development, but also in many other industries, particularly textiles.Outlook for students after graduation16Kansei EngineeringSearching for the future potential of high-polymer materials: The 21st century as the age of soft materialsDepartment of Advanced Textile and Kansei EngineeringIt is likely that soft materials such as high-polymer materials will continue to increase in importance in manufacturing. High-polymer materials exhibit diverse properties because the shapes of their molecules change in diverse ways. Further, they are not harmful to the body and have significant potential for use in not only industrial, but also biomedical, applications. Masato TakahashiAssociate ProfessorAssociate Professor Takahashi took his current position in 1991 after earning his Doctorate of Engineering in 1986 and attending Tokyo Metropolitan University. His principal area of research centers on controlling the structure of high-polymer materials (including forming and controlling the structure of natural polysaccharides, controlling the structure of polymer blends, and forming and controlling the structure of amphiphilic polymers).It may be possible to create materials with a variety of properties by controlling the polymer-blend structures such as sea-island structures (left) and bicontinuous structures (right).Gels such as carrageenan gel (left) and calcium alginate gel (right) may be used as vulnerary covering materials in biomedical science.I hope to contribute to the future development of high polymer materials through research into topics such as environmentally friendly polymers like polysaccharides that can be obtained from living things and new polymer-blend materials created by combining other high-polymer materials.Outlook for researchGraduates work at chemical-related companies, which have a high level of need for students who have studied high-polymer materials.Outlook for students after graduationCag type1CaAlg gel


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