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「creating the “Smart” Soft Materials」

 We are a research group in Department of Molecular Design & Engineering at Nagoya University. Our interest is to create “smart” soft materials. Soft materials such as polymers, colloids, liquid crystals and gels exhibit interesting properties that we cannot imagine. Soft materials are used in a wide range of applications such as automobile parts and airplane parts, liquid crystal displays such as televisions and smartphones, materials for regenerative medicine, and biomaterials.

 To create more sophisticated materials than traditional soft materials, we are working on the preparation of flexible, complex and smart soft materials by combining various components such as organic molecules, polymers and inorganic materials.

Yukikazu Takeoka
Associate Professor,    Department of Molecular Design & Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University


  • A paper by Mr. He (D) has published in Adv. Opt. Matter.
    This research has been covered by numerous international medium.
  • Moe Sakamoto (M1) has received a Poster Presentation Award for the 72nd SPSJ Annual Meeting. (PDF in Japanese)
  • A paper by Mr. Sakai (graduated student) was selected for the cover of Polymer Chemistry.
  • "Gel Sympo 2022", an international conference on polymer gels, will be held in Tomamu, Hokkaido, Japan, from September 2 to 4, 2022.
  • "Polymer Networks", for which Takeoka serves as guest editor, and a cross-journal collection of Polymer Chemistry and Soft Matter published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is now available.
  • Daiki Miyake (M2) received the Best Poster Presentation Award for Young Scientists at the 2022 annual meeting of the Society of Fiber Science and Technology.
  • Yuka Hasegawa (B4) received the Tokai Branch Director's Award of the Chemical Society of Japan and the Dean's Award of the College of Engineering.
  • A paper with Professor. Katagiri and Professor. Tarutani of Hiroshima University has been accepted as a cover of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces.
  • A paper with Mr. Onuki, Professor. Yoshioka, and others from Tokyo University of Science has been accepted as a cover of Particle, Part. Syst. Charact.
  • Electrophoresis gels for macromolecules, developed in collaboration with ATTO Corporation, are now available; these gels are applicable to macromolecules of 500 kDa and are mechanically strong. [Product Link]
  • Ms. Hiei (D2) appeared on Toshin TV official YouTube channel.