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Associate professor Manabu TANAKA

Academic society

The Chemical Society of Japan, The Polymer Society of Japan, The Electrochemical Society of Japan, The Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan, The Membrane Society of Japan, The American Chemical Society (ACS), The Electrochemical Society (ECS)

Polymer materials can be used in various applications, from common plastics to high-performance devices, by designing molecules and controlling their morphology. The aim of my research is to develop novel functional polymer materials for environment- and energy-related applications. Based on polymer synthesis techniques and unique research approaches, we are now studying 1) polymeric gas separation membranes, 2) polymer electrolyte membranes for fuel cells or secondary batteries, and 3) functional polymer nanofibers. These functional polymer materials will contribute to building future clean and sustainable society through the new technologies, such as carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS) technology and hydrogen energy system using renewable energy sources and fuel cells.