Macromolecular Symposia

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May 31, 2007

Shiro Kobayashi Awarded Medal with Purple Ribbon

Shiro Kobayashi Awarded Medal with Purple RibbonProfessor Shiro Kobayashi, Member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Macromolecular Journals, received this year the prestigious "Medal with Purple Ribbon" from the Japanese Government for his contribution to the polymer synthesis chemistry.

The "Medal with Purple Ribbon" is presented twice a year to people selected by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, owing to their prominent achievements and contribution in the fields.

Shiro Kobayashi obtained his Ph.D. in chemistry from Kyoto University (Prof. T. Saegusa). He spent two years at Case Western Reserve University (Prof. G. A. Olah) as a postdoctoral fellow and joined afterwards Kyoto University as a research associate and, later, as a lecturer. During this time, he spent half a year at the Mainz University (Prof. H. Ringsdorf ) as a Humboldt fellow. He was appointed as a full professor of Tohoku University in Sendai and eleven years later moved to Kyoto University. In 2005, he officially retired and was appointed emeritus professor of Kyoto University. Currently, he is working at Kyoto Institute of Technology as a distinguished professor.

His research areas are enzymatic polymerization, bio- and biorelated polymers, new polymerization reactions and reaction mechanisms, and functional and high performance polymer materials.

For several decades he has been an active author and referee for the Macromolecular Journals. He also held the position of Regional Editor Asia before changing in 2002 to his present position as a Member of the Executive Advisory Board of the journals.

Recent publications:

A. Makino, M. Ohmae, S. Kobayashi ôSynthesis of fluorinated chitin derivatives via enzymatic polymerizationö Macromol. Biosci. 2006, 6(10), 862-872

S. Kobayashi, A. Makino, N. Tachibana, M. Ohmae ôChitinase-catalyzed synthesis of a chitin-xylan hybrid polymer: A novel water-soluble beta(1 -> 4) polysaccharide having an N-acetylglucosamine-xylose repeating unitö Macromol. Rapid Commun. 2006, 27(10), 781-786

I. Nakamura, H. Yoneda, T. Maeda, A. Makino, M. Ohmae, J. Sugiyama, M. Ueda, S. Kobayashi, S. Kimura ôEnzymatic polymerization behavior using cellulose-binding domain deficient endoglucanase IIö Macromol. Biosci. 2005, 5(7), 623-628

Y. J. Kim, H. Uyama, S. Kobayashi ôPeroxidase-catalyzed oxidative polymerization of phenol with a nonionic polymer surfactant template in waterö Macromol. Biosci. 2004, 4(5), 497-502

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