The Society of Polymer Science Japan (SPSJ) Wiley Award has been presented to Hideyuki Otsuka, Kyushu University, and Kazushi Kinbara, Tohoku University, both Japan. The award is presented annually to young members of the SPSJ to recognize creative and outstanding research in the field of either polymer chemistry or physics.
The award winners each received a plaque and an honorarium, which were presented on the second day of the SPSJ Macromolecular Symposium held in Nagoya, Japan, on September 19–21, 2012.
Hideyuki Otsuka studied chemistry at Kyushu University, Japan, graduating in 1992. He gained his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the same university in 1994 and 1996, respectively, then spent a year as a visiting fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK. In 1997, he joined the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan, as an assistant. In 2000, he moved back to Kyushu University as an Associate Professor in the area of organic chemistry. Since 2007, he has been Associate Professor at the Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University.
Kazushi Kinbara studied chemical engineering at the University of Tokyo, Japan, graduating in 1991. He gained his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the same university in 1993 and 1996, respectively. From 1996–2001, he was a research associate at the University of Tokyo, first in the Graduate School of Engineering, then in the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences. He was appointed as a lecturer at the Graduate School of Engineering in 2001 at the same university and in 2006 he was promoted to Associate Professor there. In 2008 he moved to Tohoku University, Japan, where he is currently full professor in the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials.
Selected publications by Hideyuki Otsuka:
- Self-Healing of Covalently Cross-Linked Polymers by Reshuffling Thiuram Disulfide Moieties in Air under Visible Light,
Yoshifumi Amamoto, Hideyuki Otsuka, Atsushi Takahara, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski,
Adv. Mater. 2012, 24(29), 3975–3980.
- Self-Healing of Chemical Gels Cross-Linked by Diarylbibenzofuranone-Based Trigger-Free Dynamic Covalent Bonds at Room Temperature,
Keiichi Imato, Masamichi Nishihara, Takeshi Kanehara, Yoshifumi Amamoto, Atsushi Takahara, Hideyuki Otsuka,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2012, 51(5), 1138–1142.
- Repeatable Photoinduced Self-Healing of Covalently Cross-Linked Polymers through Reshuffling of Trithiocarbonate Units,
Yoshifumi Amamoto, Jun Kamada, Hideyuki Otsuka, Atsushi Takahara, Krzysztof Matyjaszewski,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50(7), 1660–1663.
Selected publications by Kazushi Kinbara:
- Metal-Ion Permeation in Congested Nanochannels: The Exposure Effect of Ag+ Ions on the Phosphorescent Properties of a Gold(I)–Pyrazolate Complex that is Confined in the Nanoscopic Channels of Mesoporous Silica,
Hendrik O. Lintang, Kazushi Kinbara, Takashi Yamashita, Takuzo Aida,
Chem. Asian J. 2012, 7(9), 2068–2072.
- Controlling Volume Shrinkage in Soft Lithography through Heat-Induced Cross-Linking of Patterned Nanofibers,
Yasunao Miyamura, Chiyoung Park, Kazushi Kinbara, Frank A. Leibfarth, Craig J. Hawker, Takuzo Aida,
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2011, 133, 2840–2843.
- Self-Repair of a One-Dimensional Molecular Assembly in Mesoporous Silica by a Nanoscopic Template Effect,
Hendrik O. Lintang, Kazushi Kinbara, Kenichi Tanaka, Takashi Yamashita, Takuzo Aida,
Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2010, 49(25), 4241–4245.