Koichi Ute

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Stereoregular isotactic and syndiotactic poly(methyl methacrylate)s (it- and st-PMMAs) are known to form a multiple-stranded complementary helix, so-called stereocomplex (SC) through van der Waals interactions, which is a rare example of helical supramolecular structures formed by a commodity polymer. In this study, we prepared SCs by using uniform it- and(More)
The dynamic and static phase separation behavior in aqueous poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) solutions is highly sensitive to the tacticity of PNIPAM. We investigated the phase separation dynamics of aqueous solutions of PNIPAM with different tacticities (atactic and syndiotactic-rich types) and found that the phase separation dynamics of(More)
Correlations between chemical compositions and chromatographic retention times (Rt) of methacrylate random copolymers were studied by liquid chromatography electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS). Twenty-six different polymers including homopolymers of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), poly(tert-butyl methacrylate) (PTBMA) and(More)
Temperature gradient interaction chromatography (TGIC) was applied for the separation of stereoregular poly(ethyl methacrylate) (PEMA) according to the tacticity. The three PEMA samples with differing tacticity (rr triad content 0, 53, and 91%) prepared by anionic polymerization were used. C18 bonded silica and a mixture of CH2Cl2 and CH3CN (30/70, v/v)(More)
Syndiotactic poly(N-n-propylacrylamide)s (PNNPAM) with various racemo (r) diad contents were synthesized, and their phase transition behaviors were studied by high-sensitivity differential scanning calorimetry and FT-IR spectroscopy. The cooperativity of the phase transition increased with the increase in the r diad content. Compared with the atactic(More)
Deproteinized natural rubber latex (DPNR-latex) was treated with lipase and phosphatase in order to analyze the structure of the chain-end group (alpha-terminal). The enzymatic treatment decreased the content of long-chain fatty acid ester groups in DPNR from about 6 to 2 mol per rubber molecule. The molecular weight and intrinsic viscosity were reduced to(More)
The treatment of deproteinized natural rubber (DPNR) latex with phospholipases A(2), B, C, and D decreased significantly the long-chain fatty acid ester contents in DPNR and also the molecular weight and Higgins' k' constant, except for phospholipase D treatment. This indicates the presence of phospholipid molecules in NR, which combine rubber molecules(More)
Classification of tea quality is now mainly performed according to the sensory results by professional tea tasters. However, this evaluation method is inconsistent in differentiating their qualities. A combination of a (1)H NMR technique and a multivariate analysis was introduced to the quality evaluation of green tea by means of a metabolomic technique. A(More)
Syndiotactic polystyrene (sPS) is a crystalline polymer which has a unique property; it is able to form cocrystals with a wide range of chemical compounds, in which the guest molecules are confined in the vacancies of the host sPS crystalline region. Recently, it has been found that even polyethylene glycol oligomers with a molecular weight of more than(More)
Diblock copolymers composed of 2-methoxyethylacrylate (MEA) and 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) were firstly prepared (the composition ratio = 90/10, 79/21, 66/34, and 48/52 mol/mol) by anion living polymerization. ESCA analysis of their surface structures (dry state) revealed that PMEA segment was segregated to the top surface in all of the polymers,(More)