LSW-Laboratory of Soft & Wet Matter, Hokkaido University
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Laboratory of Soft & Wet Matter

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

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Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at European training network SUPOLEN on “Dynamics and Structure of Supramolecular Polymers: Current and Future Trends," Crete, Greece.

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at International Symposium on Advanced Polymeric Materials 2017 (ISAPM 2017), Changchun, China.

LSW hosts a visiting research fellow of "JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship for Reseach in Japan (Strategic Program)" and "NSF GROW Fellowship," Ms. Amber Marie Hubbard from the North Carolina State University, USA.

LSW hosts Dr. Xueyu Li, post-doctoral fellow of Global Station for Soft Matter, GI-CoRE, for one year.

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at 2017 Telluride Science Research Conference (TSRC) on Polymer Physics, Telluride, Colorado, USA.

Mr. Tsuyoshi Okumura has won the SPSJ Annual Meeting Poster Award for his presentation "Creation of Novel Composite Materials Possessing a Macroscale Double-Network Structure" and Ms. Luna Kawakami has won the SPSJ Annual Meeting Poster Award for her presentation "Visualization of internal fracture of double network hydrogels by mechanochemistry."

Our research on new "toughter-than-metal" fiber-reinforced hydrogels was featured on the CNN "Vision-The future of Japan." The article title is: Revolutionary gel is five times stronger than steel.

Dr. Nakajima's work has been chosen for the front cover of Polymer Journal.

It is announced on the Graduate School of Life Science webpage that a new division tentatively named Divison of Soft Matter is planned to be started in 2018 spring. Application period for the recruitment for Spring Semester 2018/Fall Semester 2018 is planned to open in late September, 2017.

Our recent paper published on Polymer has been featured online in Advances in Engineering's article "Supramolecular Hydrogels with Multi-Cylindrical Lamellar Bilayers: Swelling-Induced Contraction and Anisotropic Molecular Diffusion."

LSW hosts Dr. Fanyong Yan from Tianjin Polytechnic University, China as a visiting scholar.

Call for Posters Hokkaido University-ImPACT Joint Symposium "International Symposium on Advanced Soft Matter: From Single Molecule to Tough Polymers. Application is now open until the end of May. For details, visit the symposium website.

LSW hosts Ms. Agathe Mocelin, Master's student at ESPCI Paris, France, for 3 months this summer.