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Design of High-Performance Polymer Materials by Rheological Approach

YAMAGUCHI Masayuki Lab.
Professor:YAMAGUCHI Masayuki

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[Research areas]Material Design Based on Rheological Approach
[Keywords]Polymer Rheology, Polymer Processing, Polymer Blends

Skills and background we are looking for in prospective students

Basic knowledge of polymer science, chemical engineering and physical chemistry

What you can expect to learn in this laboratory

Students will get the skill to develop a novel polymer material without using polymerization techniques. Basic concepts of polymer processing will be immediately available in industry.

【Job category of graduates】
Plastic/Rubber/Fiber Producers; Polymer Processing and Compounding Companies

Research outline

Rheology - the new science of deformation and flow for a material showing complicated mechanical responses - is necessary to develop advanced polymeric materials. Our laboratory is carrying out material design of functional and high-performance polymers based on the rheological approach to create novel displays, next-generation automobile parts, eco-friendly materials including biomass-based plastics, and so on. Moreover, innovation of polymer processing is also studied with our industrial partners, considering trouble-shooting of actual processing operations. Our research activities are outlined below.




  1. Rheology provides fundamental information on polymer processing. Based on the experiences and basic information on polymer sciences, extensive study on various processing operations such as foaming, injection-molding and extrusion is performed considering properties of final products. We also continue proposing new ideas to control the rheological properties including elongational viscosity. The obtained results provide new ideas for material design of high-performance or functional polymers.
  2. We are carrying out various projects for material design employing conventional and/or newly developed polymers. Novel concepts to improve properties or to provide a specific function are proposed for the application of automobile, electric, and optical parts. Appropriate molecular structure, molecular aggregation state, and the processing method to obtain the morphology are presented in the field of rubber, fiber, paint, and plastics. Here are the examples of high-performance automobile parts developed by means of rheological modification.

Key publications

  1. M. Yamaguchi, "Manufacturing of High Performance Biomass-Based Polyesters by Rheological Approach" in "Handbook of Composite from Renewable Materials", Chap. 2, Eds. V. K. Thakur, M. K. Thakur, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2016.
  2. M. Yamaguchi, "Mechanical Properties and Structure of Rubber-Toughened Immiscible Blends" in "Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials", Eds. S. Kobayashi, K. Müllen, pp.1214-1218, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2015.
  3. M. Yamaguchi, "Material Strength in Molten State for Foam" in "Foam Extrusion: Principles and Practice, Second Edition", Chap.4, Eds. S. T. Lee, C. B. Park, pp.83-118, CRC Press, New York, 2014.

Equipment

Strain-controlled rheometer; Stress-controlled rheometer,
Capillary rheometer; Elongational rheometer, Twin-screw mixer,
Dynamic mechanical analyzer; Biaxial stretching machine

Teaching policy

Our research targets are closed to industrial applications. However, we strongly encourage students to study the basics to propose a novel idea.

[Website] URL:http://www.jaist.ac.jp/ms/labs/yamaguchi/english/index.html

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