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Welcome to the
Laboratory of Soft & Wet Matter

LSW at Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan ~ We belong to here

We are trying to uncover key design principles that Nature uses to build living things.

See What's New in LSW

Jul/24/2019--new--
Prof. Gong gives an invited course at DoDyNet Summer School, Centro Multimediale Mario Cacace, Capri, Italy.

May/8/2019
Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the POLY 2019: Sixth International Symposium Frontiers in Polymer Science, Budapest, Hungary.

Mar/22/2019
Prof. Gong gives an invited course at Xing-Da Lecture, College of Chemistry and Molecular Engineering, Peking University, Beijing, China.

Mar/19/2018--new--
Each article of the Hokkaido University's research magazine series "Tackling Global Issues vol. 1 (issued in March, 2018)," spotlighting the research field of soft matter, featuring an interview with Prof. Gong and a roundtable discussion with worldwide notable soft matter scientists, has been published every week on the Hokkaido University "Research Highlight. For details, visit Contents in the web version.

Feb/8/2019
Mr. Takahiro Matasuda's first-authored paper "Mechanoresponsive self-growing hydrogels inspired by muscle training" published in Science and Ms. Yanan Ye's first-authored paper Tough and Self‐Recoverable Thin Hydrogel Membranes for Biological Applications published in Advanced Functional Materials won IGP 2018 Publications Award.

Feb/5/2019
Our recent paper published on Science has been featured in Der Chemische Reporter's article "Hydrogel wächst mit seinen Aufgabe."

Feb/4/2019
Our recent paper published on Science has been featured in Physics World's article "Hydrogel material flexes its muscles."

Feb/3/2019
Our recent paper published on Science has been featured in Chemistry Worldt's article "Self-growing polymers repair themselves when fractured."

Feb/1/2019
Hokkaido Summer Institute (HSI2019) online application is now open!

Feb/1/2019
Our recent paper published on Science has been featured in Wissenschaft aktuell's article "Fitnesstraining für künstliche Fasern."

Feb/1/2019
Our research on self-growing materials that strengthen in response to force, published on Science, appears on Hokkaido U Web Site: Research Press Release.It also appears on EurekAlert! Science News.

Jan/31/2019
Our recent paper published on Science has been featured in Chemical & Engineering News's article "Stretchy hydrogel heals like muscle.”

Jan/31/2019
Our recent paper published on Science has been featured in New Scientist's article "Self-growing material could make muscles that become stronger with use."

Jan/7/2019
The website for the Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery (WPI-ICReDD) has been published.

Oct/18/2018
Our work "Energy-Dissipative Matrices Enable Synergistic Toughening in Fiber Reinforced Soft Composites," published in Advanced Functional Materials was one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers!

Oct/1/2018
During the fall and winter terms, LSW hosts Ms. Yuki Meier, Master's student at ETH Zürich, Switzerland, for half a year.