Welcome to our Sustainable Materials research group! We are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of materials design by harnessing the power of polymers and colloids. With our sights set on the realms of environmental and civil engineering, we strive to create a sustainable future. Our primary focus is to transform waste-derived resources into solutions in the field of materials and environment: pollutant removal systems, soil and ground improvement techniques, functional coatings, etc. We construct functional materials from an abundant natural biomass resources such as cellulose, chitosan, DNA and their derivatives. Through chemical approaches, we develop soilutions for efficient conversion of waste plastics into new, functional materials that not only combat plastic pollution but also promote sustainable resource utilization.
Join us to work together as we lead the charge toward a greener, more sustainable future. A more detailed information about our research can be found on the Research page.
2024.01.20 Prof. Zinchenko delivered an invited talk at The 7th International Conference on Materials Engineering and Applications in Okinawa.
2023.12.14 Mr. Wang (D1) gave an oral presentation and Prof. Zinchenko delivered an invited talk at 9th Asian Conference on Colloid and Interface Science in Hong Kong.
2023.12.12 Paper of Mr. Wang (D1) in collaboration with Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory (Prof. M. Nakano and Dr. T. Sakai) on soil improvement by biomass polymers was published in Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering.
2023.11.20 The review paper of Ms. Chan (D2) and Prof. Zinchenko on the design of functional materials from waste PET plastic was published in Journal of Cleaner Production.
2023.11.03 The paper of Ms. Chan (D2) and high school students of Global Science Campus program at Nagoya University on the application of the hydrogel adsorbent prepared from waste plastic PET for heavy metal ions removal was published in Gels.
2023.10.01 New member: KINGKHAMBANG Khonekeo (D1) (Asia Satellite Campus program) has joined us.
2023.09.29 The Press Release of the research from Prof. Takashi Hibino's group on the electrochemical extraction of methanol and hydrogen from lignin, also co-authored by our group, was released. The original report was published in Applied Catalysis: B (Environmental)
2023.08.30 Prof. Zinchenko gave a talk at 13th International Symposium on Polyelectrolytes in Prague.
2023.05.24 Ms. Chan (D2) presented her research at 7th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference at Dresden, Germany.
2023.05.16 Ms. Chan (D2) has recieved Nagoya University Academic Encouragement Award for Doctoral students.
2023.04.04 The paper of Ms. Chan (D2) on preparation of hydrogel catalysts from waste PET bottle plastic was published in Waste Management.
2023.04.03 New member: NAKANISHI Miku (M1) has joined us. WANG Yehao has started Doctoral course.
2022.10.01 Ms. Chan (D1) was awarded a research fellowship (JSPS DC2) for young scientists.
2022.09.16 The paper on clusters formation along reconstituted chromatin fibers in collaboration with Prof. Lars Nordenskiöld（Nanyang Technological University, Singapore）was published in Scientific reports.
2022.06.09 The paper of Ms. Chan (D1) on preparation of magnetic microparticles adsorbent from waste PET bottle plastic was published in Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering.
2022.04.19 The paper of Ms. Chan (D1) on waste plastic PET conversion to fluorescent carbon nanomaterials was published in Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering.
2022.04.05 New members: Takahashi Yusei, Kawate Taisei, and Lin Xin have joined us as Master's course members. Chan Kayee has started Doctoral course.
2022.03.17 The web page of the Sustainable Development Group has been renewed.
2021.12.23 Paper of Mr. Morikawa (graduated in 2021) in collaboration with Geotechnical Engineering Laboratory (Prof. M. Nakano and Dr. T. Sakai) on soil improvement by biomass polymers was published in Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering.
2021.12.19 The paper on the mechanical properties of DNA-chitosan hydrogels and aerogels in collaboration with Prof. Y. Shchipunov (Russian Academy of Sciences) has been published in ACS Applied Polymer Materials journal.
2021.11.18 Ms. Chan (M2) presented her work at 6th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference (Online)
2021.10.01 New member: Lin Xin (research student) has joined us (online at the moment)
2021.09.13 The second paper of Mr. Wang Maofei (M2) on application of fluorescent biodots from DNA for metal ions sensing was published in Biosensors journal.
2021.08.31 The paper of Mr. Wang Maofei (M2) on preparation of fluorescent nanoparticles from DNA and other nucleic acids was published in Nanomaterials journal.
2021.08.06 The paper of Mr. Morikawa (graduated in 2021) and Ms. Chan (M2) on DNA-chitosan multi-target adsorbent was published in Gels journal and selected as Editor's choice paper.
2021.07.30 The paper of Ms. Chan (M2) on hydrogel adsorbent prepared from waste plastic PET was published in Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering.
2021.04.01 Wang Yehao started Master's course.
2021.01.13 The paper of Mr. Morikawa (M2) on DNA-chitosan hydrogels in collaboration with Prof. Masubuchi was published in ACS Applied Bio Materials.
2020.11.11 Prof. Zinchenko and Mr. Morikawa presented their work at 5th Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference (Online)
2020.10.01 New member: Wang Yehao (research student) has joined us (distantly at the moment)
2020.04.01 New member: CHAN Kayee (M1) has joined us; WANG Maofei (M1) started Master's course
2019.11.05 Prof. Zinchenko delivered an invited talk at international conference Okinawa Colloids 2019
2019.10.01 New member: WANG Maofei (research student) has joined us
2019.04.01 New member: MORIKAWA Kohki (M1) has joined us
2019.04.01 The name of our group at Graduate School of Environmental Studies has been changed from "Group of Environmental Materials and Infrastructure" to "Group of Sustainable Development"
2019.04.01 We joined School of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
2019.04.01 A new web site has been launched
Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Chikusa-ku, Furo-cho, Nagoya, 464-8601, Japan
Graduate School of Informatics building, 7th floor, rooms 701 (Zinchenko), 711 (students' room).
Tel: +81-52-789-4771 or 4771 (in campus)