Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Materials Processing

Physicochemistry of Biomolecular Systems (Prof. Yamamoto)

Research Topics

Materials processing by understanding biofunctions in biological systems from a physicochemical viewpoint plays a pivotal role in designing biofunctional materials for advanced medicine, such as regenerative medicine and drug delivery systems. Our objective is to molecularly understand biofunctions in biological systems to create novel biofunctional materials as well as to pursue fundamental researches on organic-inorganic hybrids and soft materials to be applied for biological systems. Based on the fundamental findings, we design and synthesize biofunctional materials, such as hydrogels, peptides, polymeric particles, stimuli-responsive polymers, and their hybrids with inorganic materials, and investigate their applications for regenerative medicine and drug delivery systems. Moreover, we also study on the application of our materials to create an in vitro alternative of tissues and organs for fundamental researches on pharmaceutical sciences and developmental biology.

Fig. 1:Design and functional analyses of biomolecules, polymers, and organic-inorganic hybrids at different levels ranging from molecule, cell, to tissues

Fig. 1:
Design and functional analyses of biomolecules, polymers, and organic-inorganic hybrids at different levels ranging from molecule, cell, to tissues

Fig. 2:Synthesis of polymer-coated hybrid nanoparticles

Fig. 2:
Synthesis of polymer-coated hybrid nanoparticles