Dr Kei Saito

Kei Saito

Lecturer
B.E., M.E., PhD (Waseda U)
Room: 213, Building 75
Phone: +61 3 9905 4600
Fax: +61 3 9905 8501
Email: Kei.Saito@monash.edu

 

  

Professional Profile

  • Aug. 2007 - Present: Lecturer, Centre for Green Chemistry, School of Chemistry, Monash University, Australia
  • Nov. 2006 - Aug 2007: Research Professor, Center for Green Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA, working under Prof. John C. Warner.
  • Feb. 2005 - Nov. 2006: Postdoctoral fellow, Asst. Director of Research, Center for Green Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA, working under Prof. John C. Warner.
  • Apr. 2004 - Feb 2005: Postdoctoral fellow, 21COE Center for Practical Nano-Chemistry, Waseda University, Japan, working under Prof. Hiroyuki Nishide.
  • Apr. 2002 - Mar. 2004: PhD, Waseda University, Japan, Thesis: “New Synthesis of Poly(phenyleneoxide)s by Oxidative Polymerization Based on Green Chemistry”, supervised by Prof. Hiroyuki Nishide.
  • Apr. 2000 - Mar. 2002: M. Engineering, Applied Chemistry Major, Waseda University, Japan
  • Apr. 1996 - Mar. 2000: B. Engineering, Applied Chemistry Major, Waseda University, Japan

Awards and Medals

  • Mizuno Award 2004 (Waseda University, Japan)
  • SCC Award Sponsored by Shaw Mudge & Company 2006 (Society of Cosmetic Chemist, USA)

Research Interests

My research interests are in developing new synthesis and production methods for novel sustainable/environment benign materials and alternative energy materials based on the principles of Green Chemistry.
Green chemistry is an academic field in chemistry that is concerned with the design of safe processes and products. In addition, when green chemistry is used in material production, the new material should not only be more environmentally benign but also perform as well and be more economical than alternative materials. Green chemistry research should not be restricted to research in just using safe chemistry for processes or making safe products that already exist. New and innovative technology is key for green chemistry research and innovative technology will make the processes and products greener and create the new environmentally benign materials and alternative energy materials for a sustainable future. My long term objectives are to investigate novel sustainable materials and alternative energy materials by understanding and identifying naturally occurring mechanisms that can be extrapolated to synthetic systems using polymer, supramolecular, catalyst, and nano chemistry.

Research Areas

Green Chemistry, Polymer Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry.

1. Controlled Polymerization to Form Engineering Plastics in Water
2. Depolymerization and Repolymerization of Lignin using Redistribution Mechanism
3. Solid-Crystalline Photoreversible Polymerization
4. Stability Controlled Nano Polymer Micelles and Its Capsulated Chemical Control Release