On 8th May 2018,Michika Onoda (D3), Department of Materials Engineering, received SPSJ Publicity Award at The 67th SPSJ annual meeting which is recognized as an outstanding.
This award was given to 11 of the total 1514 presentations of 67th SPSJ annual meeting which is recognized as an outstanding research contributing to the development of academic, technological, and industrial field related to macromolecules.
<About awarded research>
The diverse range of biological phenomena occurring in living organisms is achieved through a complex interaction of various substances. For example, constant changes in viscosity attained through the self-assembly and -disassembly by a biopolymer, a large molecule found in living things, called actin strongly supports amoeba movement. However, reports of studies on the artificial reproduction of these autonomous dynamic behaviors have been scarce due to the experimental difficulty of replicating this activity.
In the current study, Michika Onoda and co-researchers have successfully created polymeric fluids that exhibit amoeba-like spontaneous sol-gel oscillation without applying any external stimuli such as an electric field, heat, or light, by developing a mechanism capable of spontaneous assembly and disassembly in a synthetic polymer.
It is my great honor to have this award. I would like to thank Prof. Ryo Yoshida and lab members for their support.