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Our laboratory was the first in the world to succeed in the artificial synthesis of cellulose in 1996. Based on clear molecular structure information, we freely change the viewpoints among bulk materials, fibers, composites, nanoscale, and molecules and conduct chemical research on biological materials such as wood components (cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin), chitin, and chitosan. We set research topics with regard to basic research on complex structures of biological materials, creation of functional materials, and solving problems of existing materials, and explore “what can only be done with bio-based materials”.


"Elucidation of the Mechanism of Stress-Induced Circular Dichroic Inversion of Cellulosic/Polymer Liquid Crystalline Composites" Kazuma Miyagi and Yoshikuni Teramoto
Development of chitinous nanofiber-based flexible composite hydrogels capable of cell adhesion and detachment K Goto, Y Teramoto Polym J (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41428-020-0324-y
A Scalable Pickering Stabilization to Design Cellulose Nanofiber-wrapped Block Copolymer Microspheres for Thermal Energy Storage Arindam Chakrabarty, Yoshikuni Teramoto ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2020, 8, 11, 4623-4632
"Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Benzyl Cellulose Derivatives for Nondoped Organic Light-Emitting Diodes" Masaya Shibano, Hiroki Ochiai, Katsuaki Suzuki, Hiroshi Kamitakahara, Hironori Kaji, and Toshiyuki Takano
Dr. Pradip K. Maji, Assistant Professor of Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee visited our laboratory and gave a lecture entitled “Cellulose nanomaterial from waste wood resources for advanced sustainable applications”.
Material development using the inherent features of nano-cellulose and nano-chitin: Necessity of simple processes and cross-disciplinary collaboration Y Teramoto Advanced Powder Technology, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apt.2019.11.009
Our new website for the Laboratory of Chemistry of Biomaterials is under construction.
Wetting and localization of compatibilizers in biocomposites: A nanoscale evaluation and effects on physical properties S Niwa, T Ogawa, S Ogoe, Y Teramoto Polymer, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2019.121963
Evaluation of the average state of carbohydrate/lignin coexistence in wood by analysis of molecular motion N Katsu, T Endo, Y Teramoto Cellulose, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10570-019-02792-4
1st International Lignin Symposium (1st ILS) / the 64th Lignin Symposium was held at Hokkaido University, Japan on September 13-15, 2019. Three students from our laboratory gave presentations.