Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

38Functional Polymer ScienceDeveloping gelling agents that can create solids simply by their addition and thickeners for creating viscous substances through molecular designDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsI am working to develop low-molecular-weight compounds that form gels or bring about viscosity simply through addition to organic solutions or water and to research potential applications of these substances. My lab is categorizing components that comprise compounds that act as gelling agents and thickeners and examining the forces and structures that form gels and viscous substances. We are also researching potential applications in cosmetics.Kenji HanabusaProfessorAfter graduating from Osaka University as an undergraduate and later completing the school’s graduate course, Professor Hanabusa worked at Shinshu University as a research associate, assistant professor, and associate professor before taking his current position in 1999.In 2002, he received an award from the Society of Fiber Science and Technology in Japan. In 2011, he received the Mitsubishi Chemical Award from the Society of Polymer Science, Japan, as well as the Chemical Society of Japan’s Technology Award.This research has major potential for industrial applications (including cosmetics, gel electrolytes, coating materials, display devices, liquid crystal gels, inkjet inks, paper for printing, formulations for external skin use, and sol-gel polymerization casts).Outlook for researchGraduates are employed by chemical, electrical, and cosmetic companies and as public ocials. They are valued by companies in numerous elds.Outlook for students after graduationA new eye shadow prototype made using a polysiloxane gelling agentWe plan to commercialize this lipstick, which uses a low-molecular-weight gelling agent.The gel formation process using a gelling agent: The gelling agent is mixed in a solution (left) and melted using heat (center). When cooled, it becomes a gel (right).toluenegelling agenta solutiongelmelt heatstand at room temperatureProfessorFunctional Polymer ScienceMasahiro SuzukiCreating gels from numerous liquids throughout the world and investigating a wide array of applications for supramolecular gelsDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsI am carrying out research into the development and application of low-molecular-weight gelling agents for gelling such liquids as oils, organic solutions, and water solutions. There is high demand for low-molecular-weight gelling agents in many fields, including oil-processing agents, cosmetics, medical and pharmaceutical applications, foods, writing supplies, paints and inks, electronic devices, and LCDs.Professor Suzuki took his current position in 2015 after working as an assistant professor and associate professor at the Shinshu University Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Technology. His principal areas of research include low-molecular-weight gelling agents, functional polymer materials, and articial photosynthesis.Much research into applications for these materials focuses on low-molecular-weight gelling agents because they form nanobers within supramolecular gels. It is expected that low-molecular-weight gelling agents will permeate daily life in much the same way that polymers have.Outlook for researchGraduates are primarily employed by chemical manufacturers. Their skills as chemical researchers enable them to nd work in a wide variety of elds.Outlook for students after graduationA nano-structure formed in a supramolecular gel by a low-molecular-weight gelling agent, the gel electrolyte of a dye-sensitive solar cell, TiO2 cast production, and application as a cell-culture substrateSupermolecular gels formed from organic solutions using an L-amino acid-based low-molecular-weight gelling agent. We have created solid gels that do not fall out, even when held upside-down.Supermolecular gels from organic solutionsAcetoneSilicon oilEthanolTolueneNitrobenzeneGelling agent nano structureTiO2 nano berCulturing of broblastsDye sensitive solar cellSupramolecular gel


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