To better the quality of life, we consume various kinds of raw materials. At the present, many materials are produced from fossil resources, but excessive consumption is cause for concern because it may significantly influence the environment.

It is hoped that the development and introduction of biomaterials which are more in harmony with the environment can replace fossil resources.

Wood, the most important biomaterial, is both renewable and clean. The promotion of its appropriate utilization will preserve the environment, and is of great importance for the continued existence of human beings far into the future.

In order to constructively promote the utilization of biomaterials, we have to work for the efficient and complete use of wood and to apply acquired knowledge and refined research methods of material science to biomaterials other than wood. Namely, we have to advance science and technology in order to progress towards this goal.

Laboratories

Department of Biomaterial Sciences

Adhesive Science and Bio-composites
Adhesive Science and Bio-composites Relation between chemical structure or physical properties of polymer and adhesive performances
Surface and Interphase of adhesives
New composite from renewable materials
Material and Housing Sciences
Physics of Biomaterials Physical and mechanical properties of structural biomaterials
Fracturing mechanism of wood and wooden structures
Timber drying and wood/water relations
Evaluation of wooden dwelling environment for human amenity
Modification of wooden materials by pyrolytic decomposition and charcoalization
Wood-based Materials and Timber Engineering Dynamic analysis and structural performance of timber construction
Development of new wood-based materials and processing
Environmental impact of wooden housing and recycling of wood resources
Evaluation of wooden dwelling environment for human comfort
Pulp and Paper Science Development of new biomaterials from cellulose by chemical and mechanical modifications
Chemical and physical interactions between pulp fibers and wet-end additives and paper chemistry
Application of new minerals prepared by hybridization with organic compounds to paper coating
Biomass Chemistry
Forest Chemistry Propagation and differentiation in cell cultures of woody plants
Induction of secondary products in cell cultures of woody plants
Biotransformation of biomass to useful metabolites by microorganism
Wood Chemistry Chemical structure, reactivity and function of plant cell wall components
Pollution free pulping and bleaching technology
Biomass utilization by chemical modification of lignin and carbohydrates
Science of Polymeric Materials Structure and physical properties of adhesives and adhesive performances
Blends of natural and synthetic polymers
Development of biodegradable polymeric materials
All-biomass nano-composite materials
Sustainable Materials Design *1
   

*1 Cooperative course. The laboratory and staffs belong to Asian Natural Environmental Science Center.

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