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Enzymatic Polymerization for Green Polymer Synthesis

15 October 10-12 a.m. Central European Time, 5-7 p.m. Japan Time

  • Official opening of the ICRI-BioM Lecture Series
  • Opening Speech by Professor Dr. Krzysztof Jóźwik, Rector of Lodz University of Technology
  • Opening Speech by Professor Dr. Stanislaw Bielecki, ICRI-BioM Founder and Former Rector of Lodz University of Technology
  • Opening Speech by Professor Dr. Alexander Steinbüchel, ICRI-BioM Director
  • Chair of first ICRI-BioM Seminar and Introduction by Professor Dr. Klaus Muellen, ISC Chairman and Max Planck Institute for
    Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany
  • Opening Lecture by Prof. Dr. Shiro Kobayashi, Kyoto University, Japan
    Title of Lecture: Enzymatic Polymerization for Green Polymer Synthesis
  • Discussion Leader: Professor Dr. Klaus Muellen
  • Closing Words and Announcement of the next ICRI-BioM Lectur

You are kindly invited to take part in the seminars.


Enzymatic polymerization is characterized by enabling the in vitro synthesis of polymers having a very complicated structure, which was not possible in vitro before. The most typical example is the cellulose synthesis which was first succeeded in vitro by using cellulase, a hydrolysis enzyme of cellulose, as catalyst. Another such examples include syntheses of polysaccharides like chitin, hyaluronic acid and its derivatives as well as chondroitin and its derivatives, in which their hydrolysis enzymes were used as catalyst. An important hypothesis was proposed for these polymerizations: the structure of monomers has to be close to that of the transition-state of the hydrolysis reaction (“transition-state analogue substrate monomer” concept). Analogously, various polyesters were synthesized by using lipase (hydrolysis enzyme of lipase) as catalyst. This method was extended to the synthesis of unnatural polysaccharides, and also artificial ‘urushi’ by using a peroxidase enzyme as catalyst. All these enzymatic polymerizations belong to “green polymer synthesis”, and hence, contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Prof. Dr. Shiro Kobayashi

Prof. Dr. Shiro Kobayashi, Kyoto University, Japan

Present: Emeritus Professor, Kyoto University


1964, Kyoto University, B.S; 1966, Kyoto University, M.S. (Prof. J. Furukawa); 1969, Kyoto University, Ph.D. (Prof. T. Saegusa)

Academic Appointments:

1969-71, Postdoctral Fellow, Case Western Reserve University, Prof. G. A. Olah

1972-85, Assistant professor, Kyoto University

1976, Humboldt Fellow, Mainz University, Prof. H. Ringsdorf

1985-86, Associate Professor, Kyoto University

1986-97, Professor, Tohoku University

1997-2005, Professor, Kyoto University (official retirement in 2005)

2005, Emeritus Professor of Kyoto University

2005-2017, Distinguished Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technology

Research Interests:

Enzymatic Catalysis in Polymer Synthesis, Bio- and Biorelated Polymers,

New Polymerization Reactions and Reaction Mechanisms

Functional and High Performance Polymer Materials

Academic Awards and Honors:

From Japan: 12 including the below:

1976, Award of the Chemical Society of Japan for Young Chemists

1986, Award of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan

1996-99, Granted for a Specially Promoted Research (For “Enzymatic Polymerization” from the Japanese Government )

2001, Award of the Chemical Society of Japan

2001, Award of the “Hattori-Houkoukai” Foundation, Japan

2007, The Medal with Purple Ribbon, from Emperor

2015, The Order of the Sacred Treasure, from Emperor

2017, The Japan Chemical Society Fellow

From Foreign Countries: 7 including the below:

1999, Foreign Member of Northrhine Westfalian Academy of Sciences, Germany

1999, Humboldt Research Award, Germany

2001-09, Scientific Advisory Board for the Max-Planck-Institute, Mainz, Germany

2002, The 30th John Stauffer Distinguished Lecture Award in the Sciences, University of Southern California

2016, The American Chemical Society PMSE Fellow

Editorial Activities: As Editor-in-Chief, Regional Editor, Executive Advisory Board, International Advisory Board, Editorial Board, etc

For 7 Journals of Japan such as Polymer Journal, Bulletin of the Chemical Society, Japan, Fiber, etc

For 19 Journals of Foreign Countries such as Macromolecular Reports (New York), Acta Polymerica (Berlin), Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (Mainz), Macromolecular Rapid Communications (Mainz), Journal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry (New York), Progress in Polymer Science (Oxford), Macromolecules (ACS, Washington), Biomacromorecules (ACS, Washington), Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (Weinheim), Macromolecular Bioscience (Weinheim), Macromolecular Rapid Communications (Weinheim), Macromolecular Materials and Engineering (Weinheim), Macromolecular Symposia (Weinheim), Advanced Functional Materials (Weinheim), Advances in Polymer Science (Heidelberg), e-Polymers (European Polymer Federation), The Open Macromolecules Journal (Bentham), etc


- Original Papers; ~550

- Reviews, Book Chapters, etc.; ~240

- Book Editions; 12 including “Catalysis in Precision Polymerization”, S. Kobayashi, Editor, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK (1997), and “Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials” S. Kobayashi and K. Muellen, Editors, Springer-Verlag, Berlin (2015)




Prof. Dr. Klaus Muellen (MPI for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany)

Prof. Dr. Kurt Kremer

Prof. dr. Lothar Elling

Prof. Dr. Alexander Steinbüchel

Prof. Dr Krzysztof Matyjaszewski


The Project is carried out within the International Research Agendas PLUS programme of the Foundation for Polish Science, co-financed by The European Union under the European Regional Development Found,with the budget of: PLN 31 000 000.



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