School of Engineering The University of Tokyo/Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
My research includes developing functional materials based on degradable polymers and applying depolymerization chemistry towards recycling and upcycling to convert waste plastics to high-value materials. (Bio)degradable polymers represent polymers that can be degraded into oligomers that are further broken down into CO2 and water in the natural environment and body. Typically, poly(lactic acid)s derived from starch sources such as corn and other carbohydrates are famous. We address the synthesis of various degradable functional polymers by introducing functional side groups as “branches” of such degradable backbones. Applications in biomaterials such as drug delivery, artificial blood vessels, stents, and antimicrobials have been our primary scope of such functional degradable polymers. We are now working on their applications towards green and sustainable materials, proceeding with the development of functional degradable polymers using renewable resources as a starting material.
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