Kazuyuki Hattori received his Ph.D. degree in 1998 from Hokkaido University, Japan, in the field of biopolymer chemistry, where he developed the chemical synthesis of aminopolysaccharides by ring-opening polymerization of anhydrosugars. At that time, he also conducted research on the interaction between sulfated polysaccharides and proteins such as an HIV envelope and plasma. According to the achievement, he was awarded a Fellowship of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) from the Japanese Government. He was engaged in a postdoctoral fellow for Professor John A. Cuculo at the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science in North Carolina State University (NCSU) from 1998 to 2000. With Professor Cuculo, he discovered new solvents for cellulose using amine/salt system and patented the solvent system. For the same period, he developed the synthesis of a fiber-reactive chitosan derivative with enhanced antimicrobial activity in cooperation with Professor Samuel M. Hudson of the same department in NCSU. In 2000, he moved to a research group of Dr. Chen-Loung Chen at the Department of Wood and Paper Science in NCSU, where he studied the degradation mechanism of cellulose during dissolution in N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide/water, so-called NMMO process. In 2001, he joined the Laboratory of Professor Takashi Yoshida at Kitami Institute of Technology, Japan, as an Assistant Professor. Currently, his research interests are the synthesis and properties of carbohydrate polymers including polysaccharides and glycoconjugates with specific structures like a dendrimer, hyperbranched polymer, and star polymer.
Biography Updated on 8 February 2011