Maki Itoh received his Ph.D. degree in organic chemistry from Kyoto University, Japan, in 1982, under the direction of Professor Yoshinobu Takegami and Associate Professor Toshimitsu Suzuki. He then joined Sumitomo Metal Industries and engaged in the research and development on organic coated steel sheets. After spending two years as a Visiting Scientist at Polymer Science and Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts, studying synthesis of liquid crystalline polymers as advised by Professor Bob Lenz, he joined Dow Corning at Japan Research Center, Dow Corning Japan, in 1990. After a couple of years of incubating research work, he started research and development on silicone resins and silsesquioxane materials. His focus has been process-structure-property-performance relationships of silsesquioxane-based silicone resins for novel polymethylsilsesquioxane-based materials, structural characterization, and design of polyphenylsilsesquioxane-based silicone resins for advanced technologies, for example, optical silicone materials including those for LED devices.
Biography Updated on 24 January 2012