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Kose Ryota

Affiliation Institute of Agriculture
Division Division of Natural Resources and Eco-materials
Research field Natural Resources and Eco-materials
Keyword(S) Recycle, Cellulose, Paper, Nanofiber
Research experience

・2011. Apr. - 2011. Oct: Post-doc Researcher, Kyushu University
・2011. Nov. - 2013. Aug: Post-doc Researcher, Hokkaido University
・2013. Sep. - 2018. Aug: Assistant Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculutre and Technology (Tenure-track)
・2018. Sep. - 2020.Mar: Lecturer, Tokyo University of Agriculutre and Technology (Tenured)
・2020. Apr. - Present: Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculutre and Technology

Educational background

・2005 Graduated Faculty of Education, Shizuoka University
・2007 Completed Master course, Kyushu University
・2011 Completed Doctor course, Kyushu Univesity


(At Sep. 2018)
・2011. Aug. 13th Predawn Researcher Prize award by Kyushu affiliate of The Japan Wood Research Society
・2018. Jun. Award for the Outstanding Paper on Paper and Pulp Science and Technology, The Society of Fiber Science and Technology, Japan (SFSTJ)

Selected papers and publications

(At Sep. 2018)
・Ryota Kose, Ikue Mitani, Wakako Kasai and Tetsuo Kondo, "“Nanocellulose” as a single nanofiber prepared from pellicle secreted by Gluconacetobacter xylinus using aqueous counter collision.", Biomacromolecules, 12(3): 716-720, 2011
・Ryota Kose, Tetsuo Kondo, "Size effects of cellulose nanofibers for enhancing the crystallization of poly(lactic acid).", J Appl Polym Sci, 128(2): 1200-1205, 2013
・Ryota Kose, Sunagawa Naoki, Yoshida Makoto, Tajima Kenji, "One-step production of nanofibrillated bacterial cellulose from waste glycerol using Gluconacetobacter intermedius NEDO-01.", Cellulose, 20(6): 2971-2979, 2013
・Ryota Kose, Kouki Yamaguchi, Takayuki Okayama, "Influence of addition of fine cellulose fibers on physical properties and structure of paper.", Sen’i Gakkaishi, 71(2), 85-90, 2015
・Ryota Kose, Yui Fukuta, Takayuki Okayama, "Influence of drying treatment on density of cellulose nanofiber sheet.", J. Fiber Sci. Technol., 74(5), 109-112, 2018

Research Description

In order for the human race continues to survive longer in a finite global ecosystem, it is important that we promote the recycling of renewable resources. "Paper" is one of the materials with high recyclability. The raw of the paper is a tree and a domestic waste paper utilization ratio reached 63% in 2011(※1). Furthermore, the waste paper which can't recycle due to high damage has been used as solid fuel. The carbon dioxide caused by burning the waste paper is absorbed into the ecosystem of the earth. In addition, 400 million tons of the paper and paperboard is produced per year in a global scale(※2).
In my laboratory, I would like to try to develop new recycling system for waste paper. A key of this system is a nanofiber. The strength of the waste paper decreases with increasing of recycling times, because the fiber in the waste paper becomes shorter and hardened after recycling. Therefore, I produce nanofibers from the waste paper and then use the nanofiber to strength paper and produce new material with water resistance and high strength. It is expected that the new recycling system contributes to a recycling-oriented society, a paper and wood industry.
※1 Paper Recycling Promotion Center HP
※2 "paper and paperboard Statistics Annual Report " Japan Paper Association (2012)

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Future aspirations

Now human race has faced the global environmental problems such as global warming and the depletion of natural resources. If these problems become more acute, we can't live on the earth. However, it is seemed that we have used a lot of energy and resource in the scale destructing the earth's ecosystem in spite of feeling the sense of crisis like this.
I recognize that the college is the place where we can research about this problem comprehensively and objectively. Under this awareness, I would like to continue to research appropriate material and the production process for sustainable society through "Paper" in conjunction with students.