Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Department of Chemical Systems and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering Course, School of Engineering
We are developing functional materials that mimic molecular recognition mechanisms in nature. A number of functional polymers (glycopolymers, dendrimers and plastic antibodies), that are capable of recognizing specific biomacromolecules, are being designed for protein adsorbent, biosensing and therapeutic application. In the meantime, we are trying to achieve deeper understanding of the macromolecular recognition mechanisms in nature. To accelerate innovation, we are always open for collaboration with industries.
Clearance of bee venom toxin from bloodstream of living mice by the plastic antibodies (right). Control experiment without injection of plastic antibodies (left). Color representing biodistribution of the toxin in vivo.