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RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science Bioplastic Research Team

Team Leader: Hideki Abe (Ph.D.)

Research Summary

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 Fields

  • Chemistry

Related Research Fields

  • Engineering
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Green/Environmental chemistry


  • Bioplastics
  • Polymer synthesis
  • Biomass resources
  • Polymer/Textile materials

Selected Publications

  • 1. Imada, M., Takenaka, Y., Tsuge, T., and Abe, H.:
    "Copolymers incorporated with β-substituted acrylate synthesized by organo-catalyzed group-transfer polymerization"
    Polym. J. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41428-021-00493-z (2021)
  • 2. Furutate, S, Kamoi, J., Nomura CT., Taguchi, S., Abe, H., and Tsuge, T.:
    "Superior thermal stability and fast crystallization behavior of a novel, biodegradable alpha-methylated bacterial polyester"
    NPG Asia Materials. 13, 31 (2021)
  • 3. Omura, T., Goto, T., Maehara, A., Kimura, S., Abe, H., and Iwata, T.:
    "Thermal degradation behavior of poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-4-hydroxybutyrate]"
    Polym. Degrad. Stab. 183, 109460 (2021)
  • 4. Imada, M., Takenaka, Y., Tsuge, T., and Abe, H.:
    "Kinetic modeling study of the group-transfer polymerization of alkyl crotonates using a silicon Lewis acid catalyst"
    Polymer Chemistry. 11, 5981–5991 (2020)
  • 5. Yamamoto, A., Nemoto, K., Yoshida, M., Tominaga, Y., Imai, Y., Ata, S., Takenaka, Y., Abe, H., and Sato, K.:
    "Improving thermal and mechanical properties of biomass-based polymers using structurally ordered polyesters from ricinoleic acid and 4-hydroxycinnamic acids"
    RSC Advances. 10, 36562-36570 (2020)
  • 6. Imada, M., Takenaka, Y., Tsuge, T., and Abe, H.:
    "Effect of Disyndiotacticity on the Grass Transition Temperature of Poly(ethyl crotonate)s Synthesized by Group-Transfer Polymerization Catalyzed by Organic Acids"
    Macromolecules, 53, 7759-7766 (2020)
  • 7. Tachibana, K., and Abe, H.:
    "Studies on thermo-mechanical and thermal degradation properties of bio-based polyurethanes synthesized from vanillin-derived diol and lysine diisocyanate"
    Polym. Degrad. Stab., 167, 283-291 (2019)
  • 8. Imada, M., Takenaka, Y., Hatanaka, H., Tsuge, T., and Abe, H.:
    "Unique acrylic resins with aromatic side chains by homopolymerization of cinnamic monomers"
    Commun. Chemistry, 2 (2019)
  • 9. Takanaka, Y., and Abe, H.:
    "Group-Transfer Polymerization of Various Crotonates Using Organic Acid Catalysts"
    Macromolecules, 52, 4052-4058 (2019)
  • 10. Goto, T., Iwata, T., and Abe, H.:
    "Synthesis and characterization of biobased polyesters containing anthraquinones derived from gallic acid"
    Biomacromolecules, 20, 318-325 (2019)

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Hideki Abe
Team Leader

Core members

Tomohiro Hiraishi
Senior Research Scientist
Masahiro Fujita
Senior Research Scientist
Yasumasa Takenaka
Research Scientist
Tatsuya Goto
Postdoctoral Researcher
Senri Hayashi
Postdoctoral Researcher
Iffa Farahin binti Jeepery
International Program Associate
Naoko Nakata
Technical Staff II

Contact Information

601 Main Research Building
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan
Tel: +81-(0)48-467-9394

Email: habe [at] riken.jp