2012 Bayer Distinguished Lectureship from Professor Takuzo Aida
The Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University is pleased to announce the 2012 Bayer Distinguished Lectureship, hosted by Professor Karen L. Wooley.
Professor Takuzo Aida
Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology
School of Engineering
The University of Tokyo
April 16, 2012: “Aqua Materials for Sustainable Society”
5:15 p.m. – Lecture in Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) Auditorium
6:15 p.m. – Reception in the Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building (ILSB) lobby
With the world’s focus on reducing our dependency on fossil-fuel energy, the scientific community can investigate new plastic materials that are much less dependent on petroleum than are conventional plastics. Given increasing environmental issues, the idea of replacing plastics with water-based gels, so-called hydrogels, seems reasonable. In 2010, the group of Aida reported a particular type of hydrogel named “aqua material”, which is composed mostly of water, containing only a tiny amount of an organic component, but is self-standing and moldable. The formation of this material relies on non-covalent forces resulting from the specific design of a telechelic dendritic macromolecule with multiple adhesive termini. The lecture highlights the concept of aqua materials and their applications.
April 17, 2012: “Organic Electronics Using Designer Soft Carbons”
11:00 a.m. – Room 2104, Chemistry Building Annex (CHAN)
In 2003, the group of Aida discovered that gliding of single-walled carbon nanotubes in ionic liquids affords a gelatinous black paste named ‘bucky gel’, which can be utilized for many interesting applications including actuators and stretchable electronics. Meanwhile, they also found in 2004 that an amphiphilic ‘molecular graphene’ (hexa-peri-hexabenzocoronene) self-assembles into nanotubes with a uniform diameter and a wall thickness. Such nanotubes, referred to as ‘graphite nanotubes’, provide a superb platform for tailoring organic nanomaterials for electronic applications. The lecture highlights advances of these “soft carbon” projects.