Biomaterials are abundant in nature and renewable. Their utilization is an important issue for recycling of materials and energies. Our interest of research is to develop new techniques that enable to expand the range of the utilization of biomaterials. For the purpose, we take advantage of a unique means of magnetic processing of materials, which is common in areas of polymer science, metallurgy, and chemistry but less recognized in the area of biomaterials. Two main research topics are (i) magnetic processing of biomaterials, including fabrication of high-tech materials from biomaterials such as cellulose, and (ii) biomaterial analyses, especially by means of X-ray and neutron diffraction methods and of solid-state NMR; we make use of sophisticated magnetic technique that converts microcrystalline powder to a large “single” crystal.
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