Staff

NAKAJIMA TasukuAssistant Professor

Laboratory
Laboratory of Soft & Wet Matter
Research Theme
Creation of tough and functional gels
Research Keywords

gel, high toughness, composites, liquid crystal, colorful, self-assembly

Overview of Research

(1) Evaluation of the toughening mechanism of Double Network gels
Double Network (DN) gels, which have been created by our group, show extremely high toughness which is comparable to that of rubber. I have studied why DN gels become so tough.

(2) Creation of many functional gels
So many functions can be added to conventional gels by adding an extra step. For example, we have created tough gels by removing a desired amount of solvent, and gels which show stimuli-responsive color change by adding some types of fluorophores.

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Message

Gels are very large and typically not toxic materials. Thus, we can experience new properties and functions of gels that we ourselves synthesized directly, by viewing them with our eyes and touching them with our hands. I think this is the greatest pleasure of studying gels. If you are curious about gel science, would you like to study gels with us?

Representative Publications

Refer to HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY RESEARCHERS DIRECTORY
(https://researchers.general.hokudai.ac.jp/profile/en.TqAdiTi87ruEhYyC7aWI6Q==.html)

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