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August 6, 2019 Update

Sep/1/2019

LSW hosts Mr. Vincent van der Doef, Master's student at Vageningen University, The Netherlands, for 6 months this fall.

Jul/31/2019

Dr. Takahiro Matsuda has won the "Polymer Chemistry Poster Prize " at MechanoChemBio 2019 for his presentation "TMechano-induced network remodelling of a hydrogel via mechanoradical polymerization."

Jul/24/2019

Prof. Gong gives an invited course at DoDyNet Summer School, Centro Multimediale Mario Cacace, Capri, Italy.

Jul/17/2019

Global Station for Soft Matter (GSS) will hold an international symposium on soft matter deformation and function. In the symposium, there will be a special session for the the second symposium of Dr. Clark Research Symposium series. Prof. Alfred Crosby from UMass Amherst will give a talk, titled "Materials Mechanics for Impulsive Movement." For details, visit the GSS website.

Jul/1-5/2019

Hokkaido University WPI-ICReDD hosts an exhibition booth at the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) 2019 held in Lausanne, Switzerland. LSW offers gel samples and a movie on our gels (available on YouTube). Check out what it was like on the Hokkaido University twitter account.

Jun/27/2019

Our work "Yielding Criteria of Double Network Hydrogels" has been selected as a Top 20 Most Downloaded Articles for the previous 30 days on Macromolecules.

Jun/17/2019

Prof. Bryan Coughlin (The University of Massachusetts Amherst) gives a talk, titled "Polymer Membranes: Designing next generation separators and transport mediators for energy generating devices." This is the first symposium of Dr. Clark Research Symposium series.

Jun/15/2019

Prof. Gong gives an invited talk at the 3nd International Symposium for Advanced Gel Materials & Soft Matters, Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, Xi’an, China.

Jun/14/2019

Our work "Energy-Dissipative Matrices Enable Synergistic Toughening in Fiber Reinforced Soft Composites," published in Advanced Functional Materials is one of the journal's top downloaded recent papers!

Jun/7/2019

Division of Soft Matter Entrance Examination Guidelines are now available on Graduate School of Life Science website.

May/10/2019

Dr. Mokarram Hossain (Swansea University, United Kingdom) gives a talk, titled "Polymers under multiple loadings : From material characterisations to computational modelling."

May/8/2019

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

May/7/2019

LSW hosts Mr. Jiunn Hong PO, Master's student at ESPCI Paris, France, for 4 months this summer.

Apr/17/2019

Prof. Jian Ping Gong receives The 2019 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology: Prizes for Science and Technology.

Apr/1/2017

Dr. Tasuku Nakajima has been promoted to Associate Professor at Faculty of Advanced Life Science. Dr. Kunpeng Cui has received a specially appointed assistant professor position at WPI-ICReDD, Creative Research Institution (CRIS).

Apr/1/2019

New members joined our lab!

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

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.

Dec/14/2018

New members joined our lab!

Dec/13/2018

At CRIS building, we will hold a symposium inviting Dr. Reika Katsumata from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, consisting of Research Seminar on "Decoupling of segmental and entire chain dynamics under nanoconfinement" and Outreach Symposium on "Working in Academia as a Foreigner."

Dec/7/2018

2019 summer, we will offer a course on "G018: Soft Interface & Soft Mechanics (Polymer Physics)" (cap: 30) for graduate students all over the country and the world in the Hokkaido Summer Institute (HSI2019). Application will be open from February 1st, 2019.

Dec/1/2018

New member joined our lab!

Nov/13/2018

Division of Soft Matter Entrance Examination Guidelines 2019 are now available on Graduate School of Life Science website.

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/9/2018

Selected to be a part of the World Premier International Research Initiative (WPI), MEXT, Japan, Hokkaido University has launched the "Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery (ICReDD)". Prof. Gong will be serving as Principal Investigator. For details, visit the Hokkaido University Press Release.

Oct/1/2018

New members joined our lab!

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, and Mr. David Delgado, Ph.D. student at Northwestern University, IL, USA, and Lei Wu, Master's student at Zhejiang University, China, for 3 months.

Sep/10/2018

Division of Soft Matter Entrance Examination Guidelines for Fall Selection are now available on Graduate School of Life Science website.

Sep/1/2018

New member joined our lab!

Jul/2/2018

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the MACRO2018 World Polymer Congress, Cairns, Australia.

Jun/20/2018

Mr. Ryuji Kiyama has won the Excellent Poster Presentation Award for his presentation "Direct observation of single polymer strand based on double network strategy" at the Polymer networks and gels 2018 (PNG2018).

Jun/18/2018

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 82nd Prague Meeting on Macromolecules - Polymer Networks and Gels 2018 and 24th Polymer Network Group Meeting (PNG2018), Prague, Czech Republic.

Jun/16/2018

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 4th International Workshop on Soft Machines and Mechanics, Xi'an, China.

Jun/18/2018

LSW hosts Dr. Anaïs Giustiniani, post-doctoral fellow of Global Station for Soft Matter, GI-CoRE, for two years.

Jun/14/2018

Mr. Ken-ichi Hoshino has won the Best Poster Award for his presentation "Effect of Swelling on Network Elasticity of Hydrogel: from Shrinking State to Highly Swollen State" at the 13th International Symposium on Polymer Physics (PP'2018).

Jun/14/2018

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at PP'2018, Xi'an, China.

Jun/8/2018

Division of Soft Matter Entrance Examination Guidelines are now available on Graduate School of Life Science website.

May/7/2018

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

Apr/1/2018

New members joined our lab!

Mar/26/2018

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 17th Intl Conference on Deformation, Yield and Fracture of Polymers (DYFP2018), Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

Mar/23/2018

Hokkaido University's research magazine series "Tackling Global Issues vol. 1" spotlights the research field of soft matter, featuring an interview with Prof. Gong and a roundtable discussion with worldwide notable soft matter scientists. For details, visit Hokkaido Univeristy website or ISSUU.

Mar/2/2018

A video abstract for our article published on Advanced Materials is accessible on YouTube: “A Method to Fabricate Anisotropic Hydrogels with Perfectly Aligned Hierarchical Fibrous Structures.” This work has been chosen for the frontispiece of the Journal.

Mar/1/2018

Prof. Gong delivers a plenary lecture at the Adhesion Society 41st Annual Meeting and 6th World Congress on Adhesion and Related Phenomena (WCARP), San Diego, CA, USA.

Feb/27/2018

Mr. Ping Rao has won the 2018 Adhesion Society Annual Meeting & the 6th World Congress on Adhesion and Related Phenomena "Distinguished Poster" Award for his presentation "Tough Hydrogel for Underwater Adhesion."

Feb/12/2018

Our research on new "tougher-than-metal" fiber-reinforced hydrogels was featured on the Spanish TV channel Antena 3 TV's "El Hormiguero." Dr. Daniel King's appearance begins at about 44 minutes.

Feb/9/2018

Mr. Kazuki Fukao's first-authored paper "Anisotropic Growth of Hydroxyapatite in Stretched Double Network Hydrogel" published in ACS Nano won IGP 2017 Publications Award.

Jan/26/2018

Division of Soft Matter, the new division of Graduate School of Life Science, has opened its website.

Dec/18/2017

New members joined our lab!

Nov/24/2017

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the French National Conference on Polymers, Paris, France.

Nov/7/2017

Our research on new "tougher-than-metal" fiber-reinforced hydrogels was featured on German science TV program "Galileo." The article title is: " Das stärkste Gel der Welt.

Nov/7/2017

A new member joined our lab!

Oct/18/2017

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

Oct/10/2017

A new member joined our lab!

Oct/2/2017

A new member joined our lab!

Sep/20/2017

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

Sep/1/2017

A new member joined our lab!

Aug/28/2017

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

Aug/21/2017

Prof. Gong delivers a plenary lecture at the 2nd International Symposium for Advanced Gel Materials & Soft Matters (ISAGMSM), Guiyang, China.

Jul/18/2017

New division on soft matter starts April 2018" For details, visit the website (tentative url) of Division of Soft Matter, Graduate School of Life Science.

Jul/18/2017

Our research on new "five times stronger than carbon steel" material was featured on Radio Sputnik. The program title is "This material may be used as an artificial tendon or ligament" - Jian Ping Gong.

Jul/5-Dec/4/2017

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.

Jul/1/2017

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

Jul/1/2017

Dr. Takayuki Kurokawa has been promoted to Professor at Faculty of Advanced Life Science.

Jun/29/2017

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

Jun/21/2017

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."

Jun/20/2017

Our research on new "tougher-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.

Jun/14/2017

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

May/30/2017

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.

May/26/2017

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."

May/19-Nov 21/2017

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

May/8/2017

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.

May/8/2017

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

Apr/11/2017

Dr. Chun-Jen Huang (National Central University, Taoyuan City, Taiwan) give a talk, titled "Functional Electrolyte Materials in Biomedical Applications."

Apr/3/2017

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 50th Anniversary of Macromolecules Sympo at the 253rd ACS National Meeting, San Francisco, California, USA.

Apr/1/2017

Our doctoral course student Takahiro Matsuda has been awarded a JSPS Reserach Fellowship for Young Scientists (DC2).

Apr/1/2017

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

Apr/1/2017

New members joined our lab!

Mar/8/2017

Takahiro Matsuda (D2) was awarded the RSC Soft Matter Awards for his poster presentation "Mechanical Stress Triggers Productive Mechanochemical Reactions in Double Network Gel" at The 11th International Gel Symposium (GelSympo 2017).

Mar/3/2017

Our research on a new kind of "toughter-than-metal" fiber-reinforced hydrogel has been quoted in Science Alert

Feb/24/2017

Our research on new "toughter-than-metal" fiber-reinforced hydrogels appears on Hokkaido U Web Site: Research Press Release.It also appears on EurekAlert! Science News

Feb/1/2017

Application is now open to International Soft Matter Summer School in Hokkaido 2017 for graduate students and young investigators all over the country and the world. (closed)

Jan/27/2017

Dr. Tetsuharu Narita (ESPCI ParisTech, France) give a talk, titled "High frequency microrheology by dynamic light scattering techniques for polymer solutions and gels."

Jan/27/2017

Prof. Atsushi Takahara and Dr. Ken Kojio (Kyushu University) give talks, titled "Anti-fouling Surface Design through Nature-Inspired Approaches" and "Molecular aggregation structure analysis of polymer materials using synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction/scattering technique," respectively.

Dec/22/2016

New members joined our lab!

Dec/7/2016

Global Station for Soft Matter, GI-CoRE is pleased to present a summer school program International Soft Matter Summer School in Hokkaido 2017 for graduate students and young researchers all over the country and the world. If you are interested in applying for the program, see here.

Nov/18/2016

Riku Takahashi (D2) was awarded the Excellent Presentation Award for his oral presentation "Fabrication of Low-Melting Alloy Composite Hydrogels towards Obtaining Advanced Functional Materials" at a student-run international symposium "The 4th International Life-Science Symposium (ILSS)" in Hokkaido University.

Nov/18/2016

We have been recognized as one of the most highly prolific authors for Macromolecules.

Nov/15/2016

Prof. Hugh R. Brown (University of Wollongong, Australia) gives a talk titled "Modelling the Failure of Multiple Network Gels and Elastomers at the Chain Level."

Oct/14/2016

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 1st International Symposium On Advanced Gel Materials & Soft Matters, ISAGMSM, Xijiao Hotel Beijing, Beijing, China.

Oct/1/2016

New member joined our lab!

Sep/30/2016

Prof. Hiroshi Jinnai (Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University) gives a talk titled "Challenges for nano-scale imaging of polymeric nanostructures by electron microscopy."

Sep/30/2016

Prof. Masao Doi (Center of Soft Matter Physics and its Applications, International Research Center, Beihang University, Beijing, China) gives a talk titled "Onsager Principle -A Useful Principle in Soft Matter Dynamics."

Sep/28/2016

Dr. Jonathan T. Pham (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany) gives a talk titled "Elastocapillary deformations: preparing nanoparticle helices and understanding soft materials contact."

Jul/25/2016

Our research on a new kind of hydrogel that bonds spontaneously and strongly to defected bones has been quoted in Orthopedics This Week.

Jul/14/2016

Our research on a new kind of hydrogel that bonds spontaneously and strongly to defected bones appears on Hokkaido U Web Site: Research Press Release.Our research on a new kind of hydrogel that bonds spontaneously and strongly to defected bones appears on Hokkaido U Web Site: Research Press Release. It also appears on Alphagalileo, ResearchSEA, and AAAS EurekAlert! Science News.

Jun/27-30/2016

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 11th International Symposium “Polyelectrolytes 2016”, Moscow, Russia

Jun/15/2016

Ms. Yanan Ye has won the SPSJ Annual Meeting Poster Award for her presentation "Ultra-thin and tough physical hydrogels with double network structure."

Jun/13-15/2016

The First International Symposium on Advanced Soft Matter: Celebrating the kick off of the Global Station for Soft Matter (GSS), GI-CoRE Hokkaido University will be held at Hokkaido University. For details, please visit the GSS website.

Jun/7/2016

Mr. Takahashi's artwork has been chosen to appear on the front cover of Soft Matter Volume 12 Number 23.

Jun/1/2016

The Global Station for Soft Matter is joined by 24 new members from the U.S., France, and Hokkaido University. See the GSS website "Members."

May/30-Aug 6/2016

LSW hosts a member of the DFG-GRK 1865 "Hydrogel-based Microsystems", Mr. Christian Kessler from TU Dresden, Germany

May/26/2016

Dr. Tasuku Nakajima receives Award for Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science, The Society of Polymer Science, Japan(2015) .

Apr/5/2016

Hokkaido University has released "Research Frontiers." Click here to view Prof. Gong's research profile page:Cutting-edge Soft Materials Created With Hydrogels.

Apr/1/2016

Our doctoral course student Ryuji Kiyama has been awarded a JSPS Reserach Fellowship for Young Scientists (DC1).

Apr/1/2016

Hokkaido University Institute for Collaborative Reserach and Education (GI-CoRE) has launched a new global station: Global Station for Soft Matter. Prof. Gong, Dr. Kurokawa, Dr. Nakajima, Dr. Nonoyama, Dr. Sun, and Dr. King are cross-appointed to GI-CoRE.

Apr/1/2016

New members joined our lab!

Mar/31/2016

Our work "Yielding Criteria of Double Network Hydrogels" has been selected as a February's Top 20 Most Downloaded Articles on Macromolecules.

Mar/23/2016

Our work "Swim bladder collagen forms hydrogel with macroscopic superstructure by diffusion induced fast gelation" has been selected as a Hot Article for 2015 on Journal of Materials Chemistry B.

Dec/18/2015

New member joined our lab!

Dec/15/2015

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at Pacifichem 2015, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Dec/12/2015

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 14th Pacific Polymer Conference (PPC-14), Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Dec/11/2015

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 14th Pacific Polymer Conference (PPC-14), Kauai, Hawaii, USA

Nov/26/2015

Md. Tariful Islam Mredha (D3) and Chanchal Kumar Roy (D3) were awarded the Excellent Presentation Award at a student-run international symposium "The 3rd International Life-Science Symposium (3rdILSS 2015)" in Hokkaido University.

Nov/7/2015

LSW hosts a "JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships Foreign Researchers Program" visiting research fellow, Dr. Kunpeng Cui from University of Science and Technology of China, China.

Oct/20/2015

Dr. King's artwork has been chosen to appear on the inside front cover of Materials Horizons Volume 2 Number 6.

Oct/19/2015

New member joined our lab!

Oct/18/2015

Prof. Gong delivers a plenary lecture at the 2015 National Polymer Congress, Suzhou, China

Oct/14/2015

Prof. Michael S. Silverstein (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Israel) gives a talk titled "Highly Porous Polymer Systems Through Emulsion Templating."

Oct/6/2015

LSW hosts a "JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships Foreign Researchers Program" visiting research fellow, Dr. Md. Anamul Haque from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Oct/1/2015

New member joined our lab!

Sep/29/2015

Prof. Dr. Dirk W. Grijpma (University of Twente, The Netherlands) gives a talk titled "Combinatorial Preparation of Biodegradable Polymer Networks and Tissue Engineering Scaffolds."

Sep/2/2015

Our work has been featured in Chemistry World's article "Shrinking hydrogel reinforces fabric for soft yet strong material."

Aug/18-21/2015

Prof. Gong delivers a plenary lecture at the Seventh International Symposium on Engineering Plastics (EP’2015), Xining, China

Jul/23/2015

Dr. Wei Hong (Iowa State University, USA) gives a talked titled "A Model for Phase Separation in Gels."

Jul/12/2015

LSW hosts Mr. Jialing Chen, Bachelor's student at Zhejiang University, China for 1 month this summer.

Jun/22-24/2015

Prof. Gong delivers a plenary lecture at 5th International Conference on Self-Healing Materials (ICSHM2015), Durham, North Carolina, USA.

Jun/19/2015

LSW hosts Dr. Wei Hong, Associate Professor at Iowa State University, USA, as a guest associate professor for 2 months this summer.

Jun/17/2015

Our recent paper on the deformation of a gel with lipid bilayers has been featured as a key scientific article on Advances in Engineering.

Jun/9/2015

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at Structured Soft and Biological Matter Symposium, Durham, UK.

Jun/2/2015

New member joins our lab!

May/7/2015

LSW hosts Ms. Anouk L'Hermitte, Master's student at ESPCI ParisTech, France, for 3 months this summer.

Apr/14-17/2015

Prof. Gong delivers a plenary lecture at 10th Annual European Rheology Conference, Nantes, France.

Apr/1/2015

Our doctoral course student Riku Takahashi has been awarded a JSPS Reserach Fellowship for Young Scientists (DC1).

Apr/1/2015

Prof. Gong has been awarded the title of Distinguished Professor at Hokkaido University.

Apr/1/2015

New members joined our lab!

Mar/29-Apr/2/2015

Prof. Gong organizes the 2015 Conference on Deformation, Yield and Fracture in Polymers (DYFP2015) to be held at Rolduc Abbey, Kerkrade, the Netherlands.
Conference website is now open.

Mar/12/2015

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at 2015 Eastman Lecture, Department of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.A.

Feb/3/2015

Dr. Takanari Inoue (Johns Hopkins University, USA) gives a talk titled "Rapidly Inducible De novo Synthesis of Hydrogels in Living Cells."

Dec/22/2014

Prof. Md. Abu Bin Hasan Susan (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh) gives a talk titled "Modification of Water Structure by Different Perturbations."

Dec/22/2014

New members joined our lab!

Oct/29/2014

Prof. Gong delivers a keynote lecture at the 3rd DSM Symposium on Materials Sciences, Shanghai, China.

Oct/21/2014

Dr. Takayuki Nonoyama was awarded The Award for Encouragement of Research in IUMRS-ICA2014 at the International Union of Materials Research Societies- International Conference in Asia (IUMRS-ICA2014) in Fukuoka, Japan.

Oct/16/2014

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at SoftComp topical workshop “FRACTURE OF SOFT MATERIALS: from soft solids to complex fluids”, Palavas-les-Flots, France.

Oct/2/2014

Dr. Wei Min Huang (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) gives a talk titled "Water/moisture-content dependent shape memory/change effect in hydrogels and their applications."

Oct/1/2014

LSW hosts for 1 year Mr. Ao-kai Zhang, PhD student at Southeast University, China, and Ms. Ran Shi, PhD student at Dalian University of Technology, China.

Oct/1/2014

New members join our lab!

Sep/25/2014

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at DSM Science Summit, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Sep/12/2014

Our research on a mechano-actuated, soft photonic hydrogel with an ultrafast response time appears on Hokkaido U Web Site: Research Press Release.

Sep/12/2014

Our research on a macroscopically anisotropic hydrogel appears on Hokkaido U Web Site: Research Press Release.

Sep/12/2014

Prof. Herbert Hui (Cornell University, USA) gives a talk titled "Time dependent behavior of a dual cross-link self-healing gel: theory and experiments" and Prof. Costantino Creton (ESPCI, France) gives a talk titled "Fracture and damage of filled elastomers: analogies and differences with DN gels."

Sep/2/2014

Dr. Yoshimi Tanaka (Yokohama National University Graduate School of Environment and Information Science) gives a talk titled "Solvent effects on gel fracture."

Aug/14/2014

"Control superstructure of rigid polyelectrolytes..." paper chosen as This Week's Featured Image in Nature Communications.

Aug/4/2014

Dr. Tasuku Nakajima has been chosen as the awardee of the 2013 Hokkaido University Commendation for Excellent Teaching.

Jul/20-25/2014

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at 2014 Tribology Gordon Research Conference, Bentley University, South Waltham, MA, USA.

Jul/8/2014

Ryuji Kiyama (Master's 1) was awarded the Best Poster Award (First Prizes) at the2014 IUPAC World Polymer Congress (MACRO 2014) in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

July/8/2014

DSM Materials Sciences Award 2014 goes to Prof. Jian Ping Gong!

July/8/2014

Prof. Gong delivers an award lecture at the IUPAC World Polymer Congress 2014, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

July/3/2014

Dr. Takeji Hashimoto, Professor Emeritus of Kyoto University and Visiting Researcher of Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, gives a talk titled "Open Nonequilibrium Phenomena in Polymer Physics: Cascading Time Evolutions of Various Dissipative Patterns for Creation of Shish-kebab Crystalline Texture and Extended Chain Crystals from Stable Polymer Solutions."

June/8-12/2014

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at 11th International Symposium of Polymer Physics (PP2014), Nanjing, Jiangsu, China.

June/5/2014

Prof. J. P. Hinestroza (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY USA) gives a talk titled "Making fibers from polymers that usually do not make fibers and new metrology tools to probe their properties."

May/12-15/2014

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at IUTAM Symposium on Mechanics of Soft Active Materials, Butler Auditorium of the Neaman Institute at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.

May/7/2014

LSW hosts Mr. Corentin Durand, Master's student at ESPCI ParisTech, France, for 3 months this summer.

Apr/30-May/2/2014

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the PSTC Tape Summit TECH 37, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Nashville, USA.

Apr/11/2014

Dr. Zishun Liu (Xi'an Jiaotong University, China) gives a talk titled "Mechanics of Soft Materials -Large Deformation Kinetics of Hydrogels and Predicting Mechanical and Physical Properties of Silica Aerogels using Molecular Dynamics Simulations and Analytical Approach."

Apr/1/2014

New members joined our lab!

Mar/20/2014

Prof. Gong has been selected as the recipient of the prize The DSM Materials Sciences Award 2014. She receives the award and delivers an award lecture at the IUPAC World Polymer Congress 2014 on July 8, 2014.For more details, click here.

Feb/14-16/2014

Hokkaido University hosts an exhibition booth at the 2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting held in Chicago. Drop by our booth "One of the TOUGHEST GELS in the World."

Dec/19/2013

New members joined our lab!

Dec/9-10/2013

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at 2nd Michelin-ESPCI ParisTech workshop - 2013, ESPCI, Paris, France.

Nov/17-22/2013

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the13th Pacific Polymer Conference(PPC13), Grand Hi-Lai Hotel Arena Branch, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

Oct/22-25/2013

Dr. Kurokawa delivers an invited talk at the 4th Asian Symposium on Advanced Materials: Chemistry, Physics & Biomedicine of Functional and Novel Materials (ASAM-4), National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan.

Oct/18-19/2013

In Honor of the 70th Birthday of Professor Yoshihito Osada, "International Symposium on Advanced Soft Materials" is held from Oct.18th to 19th, 2013 at Hokkaido University, Sapporo.

Oct/4/2013

Prof. M. Yousuf Ali Mollah and Prof. Md. Abu Bin Hasan Susan (University of Dhaka, Bangladesh) give talks titled "Development of Novel Functional and Smart Materials for Technological Applications" and "A Novel Methodology for Preparation of Nanoparticles with Tunable Electrical, Optical, and Antibacterial Properties"

Oct/4/2013

New members joined our lab!

Sep/28/2013

Ihsan(D3)'s artwork has been chosen to appear on the inside front cover of J of Mater Chem B.ihsan-gel

Sep/15-19/2013

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 3rd International Soft Matter Conference (ISMC13), University La Sapienza, Rome, Italy.

Aug/18-20/2013

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 15th Asian Pacific Confederation of Chemical Engineering Congress (APCChE2013), COEX, Seoul, Korea.

July/26/2013

Dr. Anatoly Zinchenko (Nagoya University) gives a talk titled "Metalization of DNA Hydrogel".

May/9/2013

LSW hosts Mr. Daniel R. King, PhD student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, for 3 months this summer.

Apr/15/2013

The Behind the Scenes Live Science Piece "How Hydrogels and Japan Changed a Life" by Tiffany Suekama, NSF-JSPS Summer Internship Program visiting research fellow in 2011, is now out to the public.

Apr/7-11/2013

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the "Marine Biosurfaces and Interfaces"Symposium at the 245th ACS National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, USA.

Apr/1/2013

New members joined our lab!

Dec/1-5/2012

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 2012 Japan-USA Seminar on Polymer Synthesis: Advances at the Interface of Sustainability and Polymer Synthesis, California, USA

Nov/20/2012-Nov/19/2014

LSW hosts a "JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowships Foreign Researchers Program" visiting research fellow, Dr. Feng Luo from the Sichuan University, Chendu, China

Nov/20/2012

Prof. Yasuaki Takagi and Ms. Xi Zhang (Faculty of Fisheries Sciences, Hokkaido Univ) give talks titled "Development of aquaculture technologies of sturgeon in Hokkaido - Why is it important to study collagen in order to develop sturgeon aquaculture industry?" and "Biochemical characterisation and assessment of fibril-forming ability of collagens extracted from Bester sturgeon (Huso huso × Acipenser ruthenus)."

Oct/30-Nov/2/2012

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 6th International Workshop on Advance Materials Science and Nanotechnology (IWAMSN-2012), Ha-Long City, Northern Viet-Nam

Oct/9-12/2012

Gelsympo2012 will be held at Tsukuba International Congress Center. On October 11 Prof. Gong delivers a keynote talk.

Oct/5/2012

Prof. Gerald Pollack (University of Washington, Seattle WA, USA) gives a talk titled "The Secret Life of Water: E = H2O "

Oct/3/2012

Three international students join LSW.

Aug/21/2012

Arifuzzaman(D3)'s artwork was chosen for the issue-cover of Soft Matterarif-gel

Jul/22-27/2012

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 2012 Polymer Physics Gordon Conference, Mt. Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA

Jun/4-8/2012

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the International Symposium on Polymer Physics (PP'2012), Chengdu, China

May/14/2012

Prof. Makoto Komiyama (University of Tsukuba) gives a talk titled "Manipulation of human genome by artificial restriction DNA cutter"

Apr/2/2012

New members joined our lab!

Apr/1-5/2012

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 15th Intl Conference on Deformation, Yield and Fracture of Polymers (DYFP2012), Rolduc Abbey, Kerkrade, The Netherlands

Jan/6/2012

East Asia Young Scientists GEL Symposium 2012 to be held at Hokkaido Univ Centennial Hall

Dec/22/2011

Dr. Hsian-Rong Tseng, UCLA and Dr. Yu, RIKEN give talks at LSW

Dec/1/2011

Prof. Michel Cloitre , ESPCI(France) gives a talk at LSW

Sep/15-16/2011

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 2011 Taiwan-Japan Bilateral Polymer Symposium, Hsinchu, Taiwan

July/24-29/2011

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the Gordon Research Conference on Adhesion Science 2011, Lewiston, Maine, USA

Jun/21-Aug/23/2011

LSW hosts an NSF-JSPS Summer Internship Program visiting research fellow, Ms. Tiffany Suekama from the University of Kansas, USA

May/16/2011

HP renewal

May/9-11/2011

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 5th Basel International Knee Congress and Instructional Course, Basel, Switzerland

January/9-13/2011

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the Macromolecular Materials Gordon Research Conference, Ventura, CA, USA

Dec/15-20/2010

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the Pacifichem 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii

Dec/8/2010

Prof. Gong's interview on Macro2010:43rd IUPAC World Polymer Congress has been released on YouTube

Jul/11-16/2010

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the Macro2010: 43rd IUPAC World Polymer Congress, Scottish Exhibition & Congress Centre, Glasgow, UK

Jun/30/2010

Dr. Toshikazu Takata of Tokyo Tech gives a talk at LSW

Jun/21/2010

Prof. Françoise M. Winnik, Univ of Montreal gives a talk at LSW

June/6-10/2010

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 9th Intl Sympo of Polymer Physics (PP'2010), Ji'nan, China

May/27/2010

Dr. Takayuki Kurokawa receives Award for Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science; The Society of Polymer Science, Japan(2009)

Mar/15-19/2010

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the Focus Session on Polymer Network Mechanics at the 2010 APS March Meeting, Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, USA

Feb/15/2010

Drs. Dieter Wirz and Olivier Braissant, Univ of Basel give talks at LSW

Jan/8/2010

The 5th LSW Symposium to be held at Hokkaido Univ Centennial Hall

Dec/8/2009

Dr. Tetsuharu Narita, CNRS Researcher of ESPCI Tech Paris gives a talk at LSW

Nov/2/2009

Dr. Marc Fermigier, Executive Vice President of ESPCI Tech Paris gives a talk at LSW

Oct/21-30/2009

Dr. Miklos Zrinyi, Professor of Semmelweis Univ gives an intensive course for graduate students

Oct/23/2009

Dr. Euginia Kumacheva, Professor of Toronto Univ gives a talk at LSW

Oct/11-14/2009

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 2nd Asian Symposium on Advanced Materials (ASAM-2), Fudan University in Shanghai, China

Oct/1/2009

Hokkaido University International Graduate Program for Research Pioneers in Life-Sciences (IGP) application due in late November

Sep/25/2009

Dr. Koji Kaya and Dr. Yoshihito Osada of RIKEN give talks at LSW

Sep/1-4/2009

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the Third Switzerland-Japan Workshop on Biomechanics 2009 (SJB 2009), Hotel Europe, Engelberg, Switzerland

Apr/6-9/2009

Prof. Gong delivers an invited talk at the 14th Intl Conference on Deformation, Yield and Fracture of Polymers, Rol Duc Abbey, Kerkrade, The Netherlands

2008. 9. 1

Information for prospective international graduate students is posted.

2008.6.25

Update of Admission Annoucement.(posted 2008. 6. 25)

2008.5.28

Annoucement on Graduate Programs Admission Infomation for 2008 (posted 2007. 5. 28)

2008. 9. 1

Information for prospective international graduate students is posted.

2007. 5. 28

Annoucement on Graduate Programs Admission Infomation for 2008 (posted 2007. 5. 28)

2007. 4. 13

Prof. GONG appeared on Science Channel

2007. 3. 16

Prof. Osada's farewell lecture will be held. (posted 2007. 3. 6)

2007. 1. 12

The 2nd LSW Symposium will be held. (posted 2006. 12. 4)

2007. 8. 6-8

Gelsympo2007 will be held in The University of Tokyo. (posted 2006. 9. 27)

2006. 6. 28

Biological Sciences Division's Graduate Programs Admission Inforamtion.

2006. 5. 25

Prof. Gong has won The Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan.

2006. 4. 10

Our department and faculty of Science will be reorganized since this April, 2006. Staffs --- Section of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University. Grad students --- Division of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University. Undergrad students --- Department of Biological Sciences, School of Science, Hokkaido University.

2006. 3. 2

The 1st LSW Symposium was held at Hokkaido University.

2005. 10. 15-18

Gelsympo2005 was held at Hokkaido University.

2005. 10. 14

This Website was renewed.

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