Proteins can perform extremely useful and ingenious functions in nature. We investigate new chemistry to create unique biomaterials using protein chemistry, polymer chemistry, and supramolecular chemistry. Our investigation also involves their practical applications in medical treatment and advanced technology.
We are striving to create smart biomaterials by linking and/or organizing proteins in a hierarchical manner. For example, hemoglobin-albumin cluster opens a new breakthrough in the development of "artificial blood" and is expected to have many applications in the field of advanced medicine. Furthermore, the hollow cylinder structures "protein micro/nanotubes" programmed with desired functions are attracting attention as a new capture/separation agent, drug carrier, and self-propelled motor.
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