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2014.10.07

Shunichi Matsumura in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, won a GSC Poster Award in the 3rd JACI/GSC Symposium.

Shunichi Matsumura in the Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, won a GSC Poster Award in the 3rd JACI/GSC Symposium. The symposium was held in May 2014 by Japan Association for Chemical Innovation (JACI) in order to promote and propagate Green and Sustainable Chemistry (GSC).


Mineralized tissues such as bones, teeth, and shells are called biominerals. They are inorganic/organic hybrids with sophisticated hierarchical ordered structures which can not be artificially synthesized. Biomineralization, the formation process of biominerals, is a self-organization process in mild condition using abundant resources on the earth. Therefore, biomineralization is attracted much attention for developing new methods to synthesize environmentally-friendly functional materials. Exoskeleton of crustaceans is one of such biominerals which has high mechanical properties derived from a helical ordered structure composed of calcium carbonate and biopolymers. Herein, we prepared inorganic/organic hybrids with three-dimensionally ordered structures mimicking compositions and structures of the exoskeleton of crustaceans using a cholesteric liquid-crystalline template. This study leads to the development of new biocompatible structural materials.




I am really grateful to Prof. Takashi Kato and also our lab members for their support. I will continue to do my best studying researches.