Centers & Labs

RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

Bioplastic Research Team

Team Leader: Hideki Abe (Ph.D.)
Hideki  Abe(Ph.D.)

Our team aims to provide high-performance and specific functional bioplastic materials as environmental conscious polymeric materials. Particularly, paying attention to the biopolyesters produced by microorganisms, the advanced technology enable to bring out their potential and use as a practical plastic materials has been developed. We also employ various biomass substances to create novel polymeric materials, followed with biopolyesters. We achieve to construct the methodology of molecular design for bioplastics to predict their properties and functions, and new technology of efficient and precise bioplastic synthesis.

Main Research Field


Related Research Fields


Research Subjects

  • Design of Biopolyesters for Advanced Materials
  • Synthesis and Molecular Design of Novel Biomass-Polymers
  • New Advanced Methods for Biomass-Polymer Synthesis

Selected Publications

  1. Jiang, N., and Abe, H.:
    "Effect of atactic poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) block on the crystallization and degradation behavior of 6-arm poly(L-lactide)-b-atactic poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)"
    Polym. Degrad. Stab. 114, 8-15 (2015)
  2. Jiang, N., and Abe, H.:
    "Morphological changes in poly(L-lactide)/poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) blends induced by different miscibility"
    Polymer. 66, 259-267 (2015)
  3. Jiang, N., and Abe, H.:
    "Crystallization and mechanical behavior of covalent functionalized carbon nanotube/poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) nanocomposites"
    J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 132, 42136 (2015)
  4. Tabata, Y., and Abe, H.:
    "Synthesis and Properties of Alternating Copolymers of 3-Hydroxybutyrate and Lactate Units with Different Stereocompositions"
    Macromolecules. 47, 7354-7361 (2014)
  5. Jiang, N., and Abe, H.:
    "Miscibility and morphology study on crystalline/crystalline partially miscible polymer blends of 6-arm Poly(l-lactide) and Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate)"
    Polymer. 60, 260-266 (2014)
  6. Hyakutake, M., Tomizawa, S., Mizuno, K., Abe, H., and Tsuge, T.:
    "Alcoholytic Cleavage of Polyhydroxyalkanoate Chains by Class IV Synthases Induced by Endogenous and Exogenous Ethanol"
    Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 80, 1421-1429 (2014).
  7. Tabata, Y., and Abe, H.:
    "Effects of composition and sequential structure on thermal properties for copolymer of 3-hydroxybutyrate and lactate units"
    Polym. Degrad. Stab., 98 1796-1803 (2013).
  8. Abe, H., Ishii, N., Sato, S., and Tsuge, T.:
    "Thermal Properties and Crystallization Behaviors of Medium-chain-length Poly(3-hydroxyalkanoate)s"
    Polymer, 53 3026-3034 (2012).
  9. Yamada, M., Matsumoto, K., Uramoto, S., Motobayashi, R., Abe, H., and Taguchi, S.:
    "Lactate Fraction Dependent Mechanical Properties of Semitransparent Poly(lactate-co-3-hydroxybutyrate)s Produced by Control of Lactyl-CoA Monomer Fluxes in Recombinant Escherichia coli"
    J. Biotechnol., 154 255-260 (2011).
  10. Tanadchangsaeng, N., Tsuge,, T., and Abe, H.:
    "Comonomer Compositional Distribution, Physical Properties and Enzymatic Degradability of Bacterial Poly(3-Hydroxybutyrate-co-3-Hydroxy-4-methylvalerate) Copolyesters"
    Biomacromolecules, 11 1615-1622 (2010).

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Hideki Abe
Team Leader

Core Members

Tomohiro Hiraishi
Senior Research Scientist
Yasumasa Takenaka
Research Scientist
Koichiro Tachibana
Postdoctoral Researcher
Masayoshi Honda
Postdoctoral Researcher
Boyang Guo
Postdoctoral Researcher
Manami Hyakutake
Visiting Researcher
Reiko Kiuchi
Technical Staff I
Mizue Yuki
Technical Staff I
Masayo Sekimoto
Technical Staff II

Contact information

520 Main Research Building
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan