Kozo Ito & Hideaki Yokoyama Group
New Materials and Interfaces [Supramolecular science]
Change the world and our lives with soft materials!
We are researching soft materials which can be applied to a wide area around our lives. Our lab especially focuses on supramolecular systems and block copolymers such as slide-ring materials, necklace-like polyrotaxane, nanocellular structures, and surface segregation of hydrophilic block copolymers, which form fascinating structures self-assembly. They do not only bring a new science and technology in polymeric materials but can be applied to scratch resist coating, soft actuator, heat insulator, surface reforming, and so on. Some of them were available on the market already. Actually, I founded a venture company to promote various applications and businesses based on the novel concept of polymeric materials. I believe that our research will change the world and our lives drastically.
Message to students
You can find a lot of fascinating systems in soft materials. I suppose that our lab is featured by an academic fusion between chemists and physicists, and a close balance between basic science and applied technology. If you are interested in chemistry or physics of soft materials, please come and join us!
Professor Kozo Ito
- 1981: B.Eng. in Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo
- 1986: D.Eng. in Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo
- 1985-1991: Researcher, Research Institute for Polymers and Textiles,Agency of Industrial Science and Technology
- 1991: Lecturer, Dept. of Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo
- 1994: Associate Professor, Dept. of Applied Physics, The University of Tokyo
- 2003: Associate Professor, Dept. of Advanced Materials Science,The University of Tokyo
Associate Professor Hideaki Yokoyama
- 1989: B.Eng. in Polymer Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology
- 1991: M.Eng. in Polymer Chemistry, Tokyo Institute of Technology
- 1991-1995, 1999-2001: Researcher, Bridgestone Corporation
- 1999: Ph.D. in Materials Sci. & Eng., Cornell University
- 2001-2008: Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
- 2008-present: Associate Professor, Dept. of Advanced Materials Science, The University of Tokyo
Introduction of the study
Polymers, liquid crystals, colloids, and membranes have a common feature such as softness, large fluctuation and response to external stimuli, and complex hierarchical structures. Therefore, they are classified as soft matters or soft materials. Of them, our current research topics include slide-ring materials with freely movable cross-links, structure and dynamics of supramolecular polyrotaxane, spontaneous segregation of hydrophilic block copolymers, and nanocellular structures formed with supercritical carbon oxide. We are interested in both chemistry and physics of these polymeric materials and actually cover a wide range of research on them: synthesis of molecules, measurement of mechanical, electrical, optical, thermal properties, theoretical analysis, and even practical application.
Message from a senior
Materials science is now getting more and more required in various fields including environment, energy and medicine. We aim not only to produce novel materials but also to analyze them and comprehend what happens in them. Such a study often needs both physics and chemistry, and this is why we belong to “Frontier science”. Why don’t you join us and make full use of your knowledge of physics and chemistry to challenge new problems? Reliable staffs, wide ranging research subjects, collaboration with entrepreneurial venture, fantastic instruments, and comfortable sofas…: there is everything in our laboratory for your exciting research life!