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Seiji Shinkai, special head professor of Kyushu University Institute for Advanced Study
Name
Seiji Shinkai
Date of Birth
July 5, 1944
Occupancy
University Professor of Kyushu University Institute for Advanced Study,President of Institute of Systems, Information Technologies and Nanotechnologies (ISIT), Professor of Sojo University

Japanese society seems to be in a recession after peaking in the 1980’s when people regarded Japan as “number one”, according to various statistical data and social indexes. I believe the potential for breaking through the condition lies in the sparkling energy and sensitivity of the young. Therefore, the importance of fostering and nurturing our human resources that are responsible for the next generation has been ever increasing.

I retired from the Kyushu University at the end of March, 2008. While my retirement was approaching, I had been advised by my senior associates, to “Throw out the old otherwise you will not get anything new”. I kept their words in mind, and have been preparing for further progress.

However, in October 2010, after 1 1/2 years of retirement, I was invited to be a University Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study. I wondered what I should do.

I decided positively, as my philosophy is that “To break through the stagnation, a fundamental reformation of study and the educational environment related to human resource development for the younger generation is necessary.” Currently, some trials whose purpose is to stop the recession of Japanese society, are ongoing. These trials have some effect; however, I honestly feel that many of them serve only to patch over problems. I believe that more fundamental treatment involves re-examining the study and educational environment from the starting point. It takes time and energy; however, the fastest way is connected to its fundamental solution.

As a result, my mission as a University Professor of the Institute for Advanced Study matches to my ideals. I am not sure how far I can fulfill my mission according to my limited ability and time, but I would like to do my best.

Academic Background
March, 1967
Department of Synthetic Chemistry School of Engineering Kyushu University
March, 1972
Doctoral Program in Department of Synthetic Chemistry Graduate School of Engineering Kyushu University
Occupation Background
April, 1972
Lecturer of the School of Engineering Kyushu University
April, 1972 - February, 1974
Postdoctoral Researcher of the Department of Chemistry University of California, Santa Barbara
April, 1975
Assistant Professor of the School of Engineering Kyushu University
December,1976
Assistant Professor of the School of Engineering Nagasaki University
July, 1987
Assistant Professor of the School of Engineering Kyushu University
November, 1988
Professor of the School of Engineering Kyushu University
April, 2008
Professor Emeritus of Kyushu University
October, 2009
Professor of Kyushu University Institute for Advanced Study
Academic Awards・Awards
F.Y.1978
The Chemical Society of Japan Progress Award
F.Y.1985
The Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan
F.Y.1998
Izatt-Christensen International Award
F.Y.1999
Becker Lecture Award
F.Y.2002
Vielberth Lectureship Award
F.Y.2003
The Chemical Society of Japan Award
F.Y.2004
Western Japan Culture Prize
F.Y.2004
Medal with Purple Ribbon
F.Y.2006
Toray Science and Technology Prize
Academies
  • The Chemical Society of Japan
  • The Society of Polymer Science, Japan
  • American Chemical Society
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • The Society of Synthetic Organic Chemistry
Major Thesis
  • In Vitro Gene Delivery to HepG2 Cells Using Galactosylated 6-Amino-6-Deoxychitosan as a DNA Carrier, Taku SATOH, Shinji KAKIMOTO, Hiroshi KANO, Mika NAKATANI, Seiji SHINKAI, Takeshi NAGASAKI, Carbohydrate Research, Vol.342, pp.1427-1433, 2007
  • Controlled Stability of the Triple-Stranded Helical Structure of a β-1,3-Glucan with Chromophoric Aromatic Moiety at a Peripheral Position, Masato IKEDA, Shuichi HARAGUCHI, Munenori NUMATA and Seiji SHINKAI, Chemistry - An Asian Journal, Vol.2, pp.1290-1298, 2007
  • Carbohydrate-Appended Curdlans as a new family of Glycoclusters with binding properties both for a polynucleotide and lectins, Teruaki HASEGAWA, Munenori NUMATA, Shiro OKUMURA, Taro KIMURA, Kazuo SAKURAI and Seiji SHINKAI, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Vol.5, pp.2404-2412, 2007
  • Pyridene-Containing Versatile Gelators for Post-Modification of Gel Tissues toward Construction of Novel Porphyrin Nanotubes, Sudip MALIK, Shin-ichiro KAWANO, Norifumi FUJITA and Seiji SHINKAI, Tetrahedron, Vol.63, pp.7326-7333, 2007
  • Dual-Ligand Effect of Transferrin and Transforming Growth Factor Alpha on Polyethyleneimine-Mediated Gene Delivery, Sinji KAKIMOTO, Tetsuji MORIYAMA, Toshizumi TANABE, Seiji SHINKAI and Takeshi NAGASAKI, Journal of Controlled Release, Vol.120, pp.242-249, 2007
  • Complex Formation between Cationic β-1,3-Glucan and Hetero-Sequence Oligodeoxynucleotide and Its Delivery into Macrophage-Like Cells to Induce Cytokine Secretion, Masato IKEDA, Jusaku MINARI, Naohiko SHIMADA, Munenori NUMATA, Kazuo SAKURAI and Seiji SHINKAI, Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry, Vol.5, pp.2219-2224, 2007
  • Delivery of Antisense Oligonucleotides to Nuclear Telomere RNA by Use of a Complex between Polysaccharide and Polynucleotide, Jusaku MINARI, Takanori KUBO, Hideki OHBA, Naohiko SHIMADA, Yoichi TAKEDA, Ryouji KARINAGA, Takahisa ANADA, Kazuya KOUMOTO, Takeshi KAWAZU, Takeshi NAGASAKI, Seiji SHINKAI and Kazuo SAKURAI, Bulletin Chemistry Society of Japan, Vol.80, pp.1091-1098, 2007
  • Creation of 1D [60]fullerene Superstructures and Its Polymerization by γ-Ray Irradiation, Sudip MALIK, Norifumi FUJITA, Pritam MUKHOPADHYAY, Yuta GOTO, Kenji KANEKO, Toshiji IKEDA and Seiji SHINKAI, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Vol.17, pp.2454-2458, 2007
  • Aerogel-Like Three-Dimensional Gold Nanoparticle Network via Sublimation of Volatile Organic Crystals Decorated with Gold Nanoparticles, Yuzo FUJIKI, Seiji SHINKAI and Kazuki SADA, Chemistry Letters, Vol.36, pp.608-609, 2007
  • New Approach to Preparing One-Dimensional Au Nanowires Utilizing a Helical Structure Constructed by Schizophyllan, Ah-Hyun BAE, Munenori NUMATA, Sunao YAMADA and Seiji SHINKAI, New Journal of Chemistry, Vol.31, pp.618-622, 2007
  • β-1,3—Glucan Schizophyllan Can Act as a One-Dimensional Host to Arrange Icosahedral Carboranes, Munenori NUMATA, Shingo TAMESUE, Takeshi NAGASAKI, Kazuo SAKURAI and Seiji SHINKAI, Chemistry Letters, Vol.36, pp.668-669, 2007
  • Organogels of 8-Quinolinol/Metal(II)-Chelate Derivatives That Show Electron- and Light-Emitting Properties, Michihiro SHIRAKAWA, Norifumi FUJITA, Takahiro TANI, Kenji KANEKO, Masayoshi OJIMA, Akihiko FUJII, Masanori OZAKI and Seiji SHINKAI, Chemistry-A European Journal, Vol.13, pp.4155-4162, 2007
  • Instantaneous Inclusion of a Polynucleotide and Hydrophobic Guest Molecules into a Helical Core of Cationic β-1,3-Glucan Polysaccharide, Masato IKEDA, Teruaki HASEGAWA, Munenori NUMATA, Kouta SUGIKAWA, Kazuo SAKURAI, Michiya FUJIKI and Seiji SHINKAI, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol.129, pp.3979-3988, 2007
  • Ternary Complex Consisting of DNA, Polycation, and a Natural Polysaccharide of Schizophyllan to Induce Cellular Uptake by Antigen Presenting Cells, Yoichi TAKEDA, Naohiko SHIMADA, Kenji KANEKO, Seiji SHINKAI and Kazuo SAKURAI, Biomacromolecules, Vol.8, pp.1178-1186, 2007
  • Polydiacetylene Nanofibers Created in Low-Molecular-Weight Gels by Post Modification: Control of Blue and Red Phases by the Odd-Even Effect in Alkyl Chains, Norifumi FUJITA, Yoshimine SAKAMOTO, Michihiro SHIRAKAWA, Masayoshi OJIMA, Akihiko FUJII, Masanori OZAKI and Seiji SHINKAI, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol.129, pp.4134-4135, 2007
  • Dynamic Rotational Oscillation of Cerium(IV) Bis(porphyrinate) and Its Control by Diamine Guest Binding with Positive Homotropic Allosterism, Masato IKEDA, Yohei KUBO, Kousei YAMASHITA, Tomohiro IKEDA, Masayuki TAKEUCHI and Seiji SHINKAI, European Journal of Organic Chemistry, Vol.2007, pp.1883-1886, 2007
  • Template-Assisted Formation of Charge-Transfer Complex by a Mixed Supramolecular Ladder Complex, Takahiro SUGIMOTO,Takayuki SUZUKI, Seiji SHINKAI and Kazuki SADA, Chemistry Letters, Vol.36, pp.248-249, 2007
  • Lipophilic Polyelectrolyte Gels as Super-Absorbent Polymers for Nonpolar Organic Solvents, Toshikazu ONO, Takahiro SUGIMOTO, Seiji SHINKAI and Kazuki SADA, Nature Materials, Vol.6, pp.429-433, 2007
  • A Double-Stranded Helix by Complexation of Two Polymer Chains with a Helical Supramolecular Assembly, Takahiro SUGIMOTO, Takayuki SUZUKI, Seiji SHINKAI and Kazuki SADA, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol.129, pp.270-271, 2007
  • Cucurbit[7]uril: A Simple Macrocyclic, pH-Triggered Hydrogelator Exhibiting Guest-Induced Stimuli-Responsive Behavior, Ilha HWANG, Woo Sung JEON, Hee-Joon KIM, Dongwoo KIM, Hyunuk KIM, Narayanan SELVAPALAM, Norifumi FUJITA, Seiji SHINKAI and Kimoon KIM, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Vol.46, pp.210-213, 2007
  • β-1,3—Glucan (Schizophyllan) Can Act as a One-Dimensional Host for Creating Chirally Twisted Poly(p-phenylene Ethynylene), Munenori NUMATA, Tomohisa FUJISAWA, Chun LI, Shuichi HARAGUCHI, Masato IKEDA, Kazuo SAKURAI and Seiji SHINKAI, Supramolecular Chemistry, Vol.19, pp.107-113, 2007
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