Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

41Functional Polymer ScienceDevelopment of Functional Polymeric Materials for Bio-ApplicationsDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsThe body identifies artificial materials as foreign objects and attempts to eliminate them from the body and neutralize any harmful effects. Consequently, thinking of, and developing, new polymer materials that are more compatible with living organisms are extremely important steps in the treatment of numerous diseases.Akira TeramotoAssociate ProfessorAssociate Professor Teramoto took his current position in 2008 after working as a researcher at a private dairy company and as a research associate and assistant professor in the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University. His areas of research include the development of substrates for cell culturing and the functional evaluation of cultured cells.My lab is working to develop articial extracellular matrices (ECM) that use natural materials such as proteins and polysaccharides as raw materials. Clinical applications for these materials are expected to include uses in regenerative medicine.Outlook for researchGraduates are primarily employed by material and chemical manufacturers, although some work at companies involved in medical equipment or pursue clinical applications such as regenerative medicine.Outlook for students after graduationTissue cells are cultured over a long period of time using a petri dish whose bottom is coated with the material we created, and then they are kept in a device that maintains sanitary conditions so that we can examine their functionality.Osteoblasts from mice cultured on a non-woven material made from cellulose nanobersFunctional Polymer ScienceFabrication of functional fiber materials based on microstructural developmentDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsAn “entanglement” is a typical characteristic of polymer, which has a long molecular chain. The control of the entangled state, i.e., entanglement or disentanglement, is important for the preparation of fiber materials with high performance and high functionality.The fiber structure formation of functional materials (e.g., ceramics) takes advantage of this new and enhanced functionality.Our laboratory focuses on the fabrication of functional fiber materials based on the microstructural development.Masaki KakiageAssistant ProfessorDr. Eng. (2008, Gunma University)Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2009, Tokyo Institute of Technology): Assistant Professor (2009, Saitama University): Assistant Professor (2015, Shinshu University)・Structural development for preparation of ber materials with high performance and high function induced by spinning techniques・Fabrication of functional ceramic bers using organic precursorsOutlook for researchGraduates acquire diverse knowledge of ber materials. Students cultivate initiative, logical thinking, problem-solving skills, and problem-nding skills through research activities in our laboratory.Outlook for students after graduationMorphological changes in porous materials prepared by using structure-forming ability of polymer(top) Chain disentanglement and orientation by drawing(bottom) TEM images of UHMW-PE before and after melt-drawing


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