Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016｜Shinshu Univ
47Yuichi HirataAssociate ProfessorApplied Molecular ChemistryExamining the mystery of polymer membranes and using tiny holes in PET bottlesDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsSynthetic resin polymer membranes, of which PET bottles are a leading example, have extremely tiny pores that allow gases to pass through them but not liquids. I am working to develop a barrier material for electronic materials that will make them 1 million times less permeable to gases. This area of research is currently garnering attention.Associate Professor Hirata took his current position in 2010 after working as a senior assistant professor at the Meiji University School of Science and Technology, as a doctoral researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, and as an assistant professor in the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University. His principal areas of research include barrier lms, separation membranes, and dye chemistry.I am also researching polymers that will only allow specied substances to pass through them. This property could be leveraged to make it possible to extract only oxygen from the air, or pure water from the ocean. Medical applications are also possible, such as for dialysis.Outlook for researchIn addition to working for chemical manufacturers, graduates are active in a wide range of research domains that extends beyond any single industry.Outlook for students after graduationSalt water can be seen on the left and pure water on the right. A salinometer is being used to measure how much salt passes through the lm to the pure water side.Cellulose acetate is boiled in ammonia to examine polymer changes.Students are also engaged in the creation of membranes using surfactants.Yoshiyuki HattoriAssociate ProfessorApplied Molecular ChemistryDeveloping new luminescent materials and energy-storing materials using nanocarbonDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsI am carrying out research to synthesize fluorescent nanocarbon and to use nanocarbon (carbon nanotubes, graphene, carbon nano-horns, etc.) in energy-storage devices (primary and secondary lithium batteries and super capacitors). My research covers a wide range of topics, from fundamentals to applications.Associate Professor Hattori took his current position after working as a researcher involved in collaboration among industry, academia, and government in the Chiba University Faculty of Science and as a senior assistant professor in the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University. He is currently engaged in basic research in carbon science and inorganic uorine chemistry, including research on the applications of nanocarbon as an electrode material and as an adsorption material.Potential applications for this research are growing in number and include drive power sources for electric vehicles, next-generation bio-imaging materials, and cleaning gases for semiconductors that are environmentally friendly and energy-ecient.Outlook for researchGraduates seek employment at chemical companies, particularly companies involved in carbon materials, electrochemicals, and uorine chemistry, or as teachers or public ocials.Outlook for students after graduationWe also succeeded in synthesizing porous carbon nano-sheets, whose potential uses include capacitors and electrodes in high-output secondary lithium batteries.My lab succeeded in synthesizing uorescent nanocarbon, whose applications include use in imaging materials.