Chemical Engineering Laboratory

Using plastic to examine molecules inside the body

 
We are devising techniques for observing various phenomena in the body by creating plastics that remember the shapes of molecules we want to measure. For example, we are developing a sensor that can monitor levels of medicine in a patient's body to determine whether there is enough to be effective or too much. We are also developing technology that will allow us to determine whether the concentration of substances in animal brains increases when they are thinking about things.

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College of Engineering
Applied Chemistry
Faculty Name
YOSHIMI, Yasuo
Academic Society
Society for Chemical Engineers
The Electrochemical Society of Japan
Japan Association of Chemical Sensors
The Society of Polymer Science
The Japan Neuroscience Society
Society for Neuroscience
The Japanese Society of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
International Association of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring and Clinical Toxicology
Keyword
Artificial nerves, Sensors, Biological information, Medical engineering, Biosensors

Study Fields

 
Chemical engineering
Physical chemistry
Macromolecular    
chemistry
Electrochemistry
Thinking strategies for solving problems


 

For Society

 
Drug-resistant pathogens that have rendered antibiotics ineffective due to habituation have become a global problem. Preventing drug resistance requires checking that levels of antibiotics in the blood are no more than are needed to eradicate the pathogens. However, analyses to confirm this have failed to take root in developing countries due to the enormous costs and time involved. To address this, our laboratory developed a disposable sensor that can quickly and cheaply measure the concentration of antibiotics in the blood. Because it is made from cheap plastic, each sensor is expected to cost only a few dozen yen, which we hope will lead to widespread adoption around the world.

 

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