Macromolecules and polymers are deeply related to various phenomena of life and exhibit unique properties as advanced functional materials. In the Undergraduate Program of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, we are carrying out a wide range of research related to such macromolecules and polymers. Undergraduate students are provided with various educational course options to develop their multidisciplinary faculties. Relevant activities are characterized as follows:
(1) To investigate and clarify the nature of well known polymers by examining them in fresh ways. This will help students to clearly understand how little we know about the structure and properties of these polymers, even though it has been assumed that their characteristics have been fully researched.
(2) To create novel macromolecular materials and structures and to understand in which way they are unique.
The aforementioned two approaches are fundamentally related and lead towards research into the unknown. Within this framework our current education and research activities are devoted to the following specific fields: