Laboratory of Transformational Soft Matter
Transformational research to create new functional materials from a basic understanding of polymer gels
In the Laboratory of Transformational Soft Matter, we create functional polymer hydrogels, understand the mechanism of their functions, and use the knowledge obtained as a guideline for designing the next generation of functional gels. By repeating the cycle to create even more highly functional materials, we can enhance the usefulness of polymer gels as if climbing a spiral staircase. In the middle of the spiral staircase, some technologies lead to biomaterials and new physical property measurement methods, which lead to the exit for “real world” applications. In our laboratory, you can learn about topics ranging from fundamental basics of materials to cutting-edge applications through gel research. Examples of research themes that traverse this range include understanding fundamentals of friction, wear, and fatigue; developing double-network gels with toughness exceeding natural cartilage; and creation and physical property analysis of gels for therapeutic use. The culmination of this work leads to the development of tough soft composite materials with the potential for applied use, and a real impact on society.
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Funding and Support
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