Tomoko Fujiwara


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Tomoko Fujiwara

About Tomoko Fujiwara

Dr. Fujiwara began teaching at the University of Memphis in 2007.


2001      PhD, Kyoto Institute of Technology (Japan), Advisor: Prof. Yoshiharu Kimura

1999      M.Eng., Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Kyoto Institute of Technology

1997      B.S., Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Kyoto Institute of Technology

Research Interests

  • Stimuli-responsive materials
  • Biomedical/biodegradable polymers
  • Bio-inspired macromolecules and nano-materials


68 Cisneros, K.; Chowdhury, N.; Coleman, E.; Ferdous, T.; Su, H.; Jennings, J.A.; Bumgardner, J.D.; Fujiwara, T. “Long-Term Controlled Release of Simvastatin from Photoprinted Triple-Networked Hydrogels Composed of Modified Chitosan and PLA–PEG Micelles” Macromol. Biosci. 2021; 2100123.

67 Su, H.; Fujiwara, T.; Bumgardner, J. D. “A Study of Combining Elastin in the Chitosan Electrospinning to Increase the Mechanical Strength and Bioactivity” Marin Drugs, 2021; 19, 169.

66 Harrison, Z. L,; Bumgardner, J. D.; Fujiwara, T.; Baker, D. L,; Jennings, J. A. “In vitro evaluation of loaded chitosan membranes for pain relief and infection prevention” J Biomed Mater Res, 2021; 1-9.

65 Su, H.; Fujiwara, T.; Anderson, K. M.; Karydis, A.; Ghadric, M. N.; Bumgardner, J. D. “A comparison of two types of electrospun chitosanmembranes and a collagen membrane in vivo” Dental Materials, 2021; 1, 60-70.

64 Aghilinasrollahabadi, K.; Salehi, M.; Fujiwara, T. “Investigate the influence of microplastics weathering on their heavy metals uptake in stormwater” Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2021; 408, 124439.

63 Murali, V.P.; Fujiwara, T.; Gallop, C.; Wang, Y.; Wilson, J.A.; Kurakula, M.; Bumgardner, J.D. “Modified Electrospun Chitosan Membranes for Controlled Release of Simvastatin” Int J Pharmaceutics, 2020; 584, 119438.

62 Chng, E.J.; Watson, A. B.; Suresh, V.; Fujiwara, T.; Bumgardner, J. D.; Gopalakrishnan, R. “Adhesion of electrosprayed chitosan coatings using silane surface chemistry” Thin Solid Films, 2019; 692, 137454.

61 Liu, K-Y.; Abebe, D. G.; Wiley, E. R.; Fujiwara, T. “Characterization and Optimization of PLA Stereocomplexed Hydrogels for Local Gene Delivery Systems” Polymers, 2019; 11, 796 - 96027.

60 Boles, L. R.; Bumgardner, J. D.; Fujiwara, T.; Haggard, W. O.; Guerra, F. D.; Jennings, J. A. “Characterization of trimethyl chitosan/polyethylene glycol derivatized chitosan blend as an injectable and degradable antimicrobial delivery system” International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 2019; 133, 372-381.

59 Tul, S. K.; Roy, A. R.; Elgammal, R. A.; Tian, M.; Zawodzinski T. A.; Fujiwara T. "Effect of Morphology on Anion Conductive Properties in Self-Assembled Polystyrene-Based Copolymer Membranes" Journal of Membrane Science, 2018; 565, 213–225.

58 Tuli, S. K.; Roy, A. R.; Elgammal, R. A.; Zawodzinski T. A.; Fujiwara T. "Polystyrene Based Anion Exchange Membranes via Click Chemistry: Improved Properties and AEM Performance" Polymer International, 2018; 67, 1302–1312.

57 Seki, Y.; Kanazawa, A.; Kanaoka, S.; Fujiwara, T.; Aoshima, S. "Precision Synthesis of Polylactide-Based Thermoresponsive Block Copolymers via Successive Living Cationic Polymerization of Vinyl Ether and Ring-Opening Polymerization of Lactide" Macromolecules, 2018; 51(3), 825-835.

56 Mohapatra, A.; Harris, M. A.; LeVine, D.; Ghimire, M.; Jennings, J. A.; Morshed, B. I.; Haggard, W. O.; Bumgardner, J. D.; Mishra, S. R.; Fujiwara, T. "Magnetic stimulus responsive vancomycin drug delivery system based on chitosan microbeads embedded with magnetic nanoparticles" Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, 2018; 106B, 2169–2176.

55 McGraw, G. S.; Jennings, J. A.; Fujiwara, T.; Masters, E.; Haggard, W. O.; Bumgardner, J. "Chitosan Microspheres Cross-linked with Glyoxal for the Local Delivery of Antibiotics" Journal of Polymer Materials, 2017; 34(1), 305-317.

54 Gindt, B. P.; Tang, Z. J.; Watkins, D. L.; Abebe, D. G.; Seo, S.; Tuli, S.; Ghassemi, H.; Zawodzinski T. A.; Fujiwara T. “Effects of Sulfonated Side Chains Used in Polysulfone Based PEMs for VRFB Separator” Journal of Membrane Science, 2017; 532, 58-67.

53 Su, H.; Liu, K-Y.; Karydis, A.; Abebe, D. G.; Wu, C.; Anderson, K.; Ghadri, N.; Adatrow, P.; Fujiwara, T.; Bumgardner, J. "In vitro and in vivo evaluations of a novel postelectrospinning treatment to improve the fibrous structure of chitosan membranes for guided bone regeneration" Biomedical Materials, 2017; 12, 015003.

52 Mohammadi, M.; Li, Y.; Abebe, D.G.; Xie, Y.; Kandil, R.; Kraus, T.; Gomez-Lopez, N.; Fujiwara, T.; Merkel, O.M. “Folate Receptor Targeted Three-Layered Micelles and Hydrogels for Gene Delivery to Activated Macrophages” Journal of Controlled Release, 2016; 244, 269-279.

51 Gindt, B. P.; Abebe, D. G.; Tang, Z. J.; Lindsey, M. B.; Chen J.; Elgammal R. A.; Zawodzinski T. A.; Fujiwara T. “Nanoporous Polysulfone Membranes via Degradable Block Copolymer Precursor for Redox Flow Batteries” Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2016; 4, 4288–4295.

50      Abebe, D.G.; Liu, K-Y.; Mishra, S.; Wu, A.; 
Lamb, R.; Fujiwara, T. “Time-Resolved SANS Analysis of Micelle Chain Exchange Behavior: Thermal Crosslink Driven by Stereocomplexation of PLA-PEG-PLA Micelles” 2015; in review.

49Nakajima, M; Nakajima, H; Fujiwara, T; Kimura, Y.; Sasaki, S. “Nano-structured micelle particles of polylactide-poly(oxyethylene) block copolymers with different block sequences: Specific influence of stereocomplex formation of the polylactide blocks” Polymer, 2015; 66, 160-166.

48Kogame, C.; Kida, T.; Fujiwara, T.; Akashi, M. “Unique cation binding capability of cyclic oligo(L-lactic acid) (L-COLA)” Tetrahedron Letters, 2015; 56, 1675–1678. DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2015.02.037

47Abebe, D.G.; Kandil, R.; Kraus, T.; Elsayed, M.; Merkel, O.M.; Fujiwara, T. “Three-Layered Biodegradable Micelles Prepared by Two-Step Self-Assembly of PLA-PEI-PLA and PLA-PEG-PLA Triblock Copolymers as Efficient Gene Delivery System” Macromol. Biosci., 2015; 15, 698–711. DOI: 10.1002/mabi.201400488

46Takemura, K.; Ajiro, H.; Fujiwara, T.; Akashi, M. “A Novel Substrate for Testosterone: Biodegradable and Biocompatible Oil Gel” Polymer Journal, 2015; 47, 460–463. Doi:10.1038/pj.2015.17

45Nakajima, M; Nakajima, H; Fujiwara, T; Kimura, Y.; Sasaki, S. “Nano-Ordered Surface Morphologies by Stereocomplexation of the Enantiomeric Polylactide Chains: Specific Interactions of Surface-Immobilized Poly(D-lactide) and Poly(ethylene glycol)-Poly(L-lactide) Block Copolymers” Langmuir, 2014; 30 (46), 14030-14038

44Ajiro, H.; Takahashi, Y.; Akashi, M.; Fujiwara, T. “Surface control of hydrophilicity and degradability with block copolymers composed of lactide and cyclic carbonate bearing methoxyethoxyl groups” Polymer, 2014; 55 (16), 3591-3598.  

43Takemura, K.; Ajiro, H.; Fujiwara, T.; Akashi, M. “Oil gels with a chemically cross-linked copolymer of a trimethylene carbonate derivative and L-lactide: preparation and stereocomplex formation within gels” RSC Advances, 2014; 4 (63), 33462-33465.

42Akagi, T.; Fujiwara, T.; Akashi, M. " Inkjet Printing of Layer-by-Layer Assembled Poly(lactide) Stereocomplex with Encapsulated Proteins” Langmuir, 2014; 30 (6), 1669–1676.

41Ajiro, H.; Hsiao, Y-J.; Hang Thi, T.; Fujiwara, T.; Akashi, M. " Thermally Stabilized Poly(lactide)s Stereocomplex with Bio-Based Aromatic Groups at Both Initiating and Terminating Chain Ends” Macromolecules, 2013; 46, 5150-5156.

40      Norowski, P. A.; Fujiwara, T; Clem, W. C.; Adatrow, P. C.; Eckstein, E. C.; Haggard, W. O.; Bumgardner, J. D. “Novel naturally crosslinked electrospun nano-fibrous chitosan mats for guided bone regeneration membranes: material characterization and cytocompatibility” Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 2015: 9, 577-583, 2012: Nov 20. Epub, doi: 10.1002/term.1648.

39      Watkins, D. L.; Fujiwara, T. “Bis-Spironaphthooxazine Based Photochromic Polymer Materials” Journal of Materials Chemistry C, 2013; 1 (3), 506-514

38      Danquah, M.; Fujiwara, T; Mahato, R. I. “Lactic Acid and Carbonate-based Crosslinked Polymeric Micelles for Drug Delivery” Journal of Polymer Science Part A, Polymer Chemistry2013; 51 (2), 347-362.

37      Ajiro, H.; Takahashi, Y.; Akashi, M.; Fujiwara, T. "Polylactide Block Copolymers using Trimethylene Carbonate with Methoxyethoxy Side Groups for Dual Modifications on Hydrophilicity and Biodegradability” Macromol. Biosci., 2012; 12, 1315-1320.

36      Zheng, W.; Fujiwara, T.; Taskent, H.; Zheng, Y.; Brunson, K.; Gamble, L.; Wynne, K. J. “ A Polyurethane Surface Modifier Having Amphiphilic Copolyoxetane Soft Blocks: Contrasting Amphiphilic and Contraphilic Surfaces Driven by block and random Soft Blocks having Trifluoroethoxymethyl and PEG Side Chains” Macromol. Chem. Phys., 2012: 213, 1415-1434.

35      Nakajima, H.; Nakajima, M.; Fujiwara, T.; Lee W. C.; Kimura, Y. “Molecular Organization of Polylactides Immobilized on a Flat Surface: Observation of Single Crystal Arrays of Homo-chiral and Stereocomplexed Polylactides” Macromolecules, 2012; 45, 5993-6001. 

34      Ajiro, H.; Hsiao, Y-J.; Hang Thi, T.; Fujiwara, T.; Akashi, M. "Stereocomplex of poly(lactide)s with chain end modification: simultaneous resistances to melting and thermal decomposition” Chemical Communications, 2012; 48, 8478-8480 (journal cover featured).

33      Abebe, D. G.; Fujiwara, T. “Controlled Thermo-Responsive Hydrogels by Stereocomplexed PLA-PEG-PLA Prepared via Hybrid Micelles of Pre-Mixed Copolymers with Different PEG Lengths” Biomacromolecules, 2012; 13, 1828-1836.  

32      Akagi, T.; Fujiwara, T.; Akashi, M. "Rapid Fabrication of Polylactide Stereocomplex using Layer-by-layer Deposition by Inkjet Printing” Angew Chem Int Ed, 2012; 51(22), 5493-5496.  

31      Watkins, D. L.; Fujiwara, T. “Synthesis, Characterization, and Solvent-Independent Photochromism of Spironaphthooxazine Dimers” J. Photochem. Photobiol. A, 2012; 228, 51-59.

30      Nakajima, H.; Fujiwara, T.; Lee W. C.; Kimura, Y. “Synthesis of Silyl-Terminated Polylactides for Controlled Surface Immobilization of Polylactide Macromolecular Chains” Biomacromolecules, 2011; 12, 4036-4043.  

29      Danquah, M.; Fujiwara, T; Mahato, R. I. “Self-Assembling Methoxypoly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(carbonate-co-L-lactide) Block Copolymers for Drug Delivery Biomaterials” Biomaterials 2010; 31, 2358-2370.

28      Kumar, S.; Watkins, D. L.; Fujiwara, T. “Tailored Spirooxazine Dimer as a Photoswitchable Binding Tool” Chemical Communications 2009, 28, 4369-4371.  

27      Guney-Altay, O.; Shenoy, S. L.; Fujiwara, T.; Irie, S.; Wynne, K. J. Measurement of Supercritical CO2 Plasticization of Poly(tetrafluoroethylene) Using a Linear Variable Differential Transformer, Macromolecules  2008; 41, 8660-8668.  

26      Shinsuke Inagi, S.; Ogoshi, T.; Miyake, J.; Bertolucci, M.; Fujiwara, T.; Galli, G.; Chiellini, E.; Chujo, Y.; Wynne K.J. “Appearing, Disappearing, and Reappearing Fumed Silica Nanoparticles: Tapping-Mode AFM Evidence in a Condensation Cured Polydimethylsiloxane Hybrid Elastomer” Chem. Mater. 2007, 19, 2141-2143.

25      Fukushima, K.; Vandenbos, A. J.; Fujiwara, T. “Spiropyran Dimer Toward Photo-Switchable Molecular Machine” Chem. Mater. 2007, 19, 644 -646.

24      Fujiwara, T.; Yamaoka, T.; Kimura, Y.; Wynne, K. J. "Poly(lactide) Swelling and Melting Behavior in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide and Post-Venting Porous Material" Biomacromolecules 2005, 6, 2370-2373.

23      Yamaoka, T; Nakano, J.;Fujiwara, T.; Fujisato, T; Kimura, Y. The Japanese Journal of Artificial Organs 2005, 34(2) s-93

22      Makal, U.; Fujiwara, T.; Cooke, R. S.; Wynne, K. J. "Polyurethanes containing oxetane-derived poly(2,2-substituted-1,3-propylene oxide) soft blocks: copolymer effect on wetting behavior" Langmuir 2005, 21, 10749 -10755.

21      Ogoshi, T.; Fujiwara, T.; Bertolucci, M.; Galli, G.; Chiellini, E.; Chujo, Y.; Wynne, K. J. "Tapping Mode AFM Evidence for an Amorphous Reticular Phase in a Condensation-Cured Hybrid Elastomer: a,w-Dihydroxypoly(dimethylsiloxane)/Poly(diethoxysiloxane)/Fumed Silica Nanoparticles" Journal of the American Chemical Society 2004, 126, 12284-12285.

20      Mukose, T.; Fujiwara, T.; Nakano, J.; Taniguchi, I.; Miyamoto, M.; Kimura, Y.; Teraoka, I.; Lee, C. W. "Hydrogel formation between enantiomeric B-A-B-type block copolymers of polylactides (PLLA or PDLA: A) and polyoxyethylene (PEG: B); PEG-PLLA-PEG and PEG-PDLA-PEG" Macromolecular Bioscience 2004, 4, 361-367.

19      Fujiwara, T.; Wynne, K. J. "Contrasting Nanoscale Surface Morphologies of Polyurethanes Containing Polyoxetane Soft Blocks with Random and Block Segmer Sequences" Macromolecules 2004, 37, 8491-8494.

18      Shenoy, S. L.; Fujiwara, T.; Wynne, K. J. "Quantifying plasticization and melting behavior of poly(vinylidene fluoride) in supercritical CO2 utilizing a linear variable differential transformer" Macromolecules 2003, 36, 3380-3385.

17      Shenoy, S. L.; Fujiwara, T.; Wynne, K. J. "Quantifying supercritical CO2 dilation of poly(vinylidene fluoride) and poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoro-propylene) utilizing a linear variable differential transducer: Plasticization and melting behavior" Macromolecular Symposia 2003, 201, 171-178.

16      Serizawa, T.; Arikawa, Y.; Hamada, K.; Yamashita, H.; Fujiwara, T.; Kimura, Y.; Akashi, M. "Alkaline hydrolysis of enantiomeric poly(lactide)s stereocomplex deposited on solid substrates" Macromolecules 2003, 36, 1762-1765.

15      Fujiwara, T.; Makal, U.; Wynne, K. J. "Synthesis and characterization of novel Amphiphilic telechelic polyoxetanes" Macromolecules 2003, 36, 9383-9389.

14      Fujiwara, T.; Kimura, Y. "Macromolecular organization of poly(L-lactide)-block-polyoxyethylene into bio-inspired nano-architectures" Macromolecular Bioscience 2002, 2, 11-23.

13      Lee, D.; Teraoka, I.; Fujiwara, T.; Kimura, Y. "Composition analysis of poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(L-lactide) diblock copolymer studied by two-dimensional column chromatography" Journal of Chromatography A 2002, 966, 41-51.

12      Serizawa, T.; Yamashita, H.; Fujiwara, T.; Kimura, Y.; Akashi, M. "Stepwise assembly of enantiomeric poly(lactide)s on surfaces" Macromolecules 2001, 34, 1996-2001.

11     Fujiwara, T.; Iwata, T.; Kimura, Y. "Highly stabilized nanostructures from poly(L-lactide)-block-poly(oxyethylene) having a photoreactive end functionality" Journal of Polymer Science Part a-Polymer Chemistry 2001, 39, 4249-4254.

10      Muraoka, Y.; Fujiwara, T.; Sano, Y.; Yasuda, T.; Kanbara, H. "Properties of polymer alloy fibers of polypropylene and cationic dyeable poly(ethylene terephthalate) prepared with an in-situ generated compatibilizer" Textile Research Journal 2001, 71, 1053-1056.

9       Fujiwara, T.; Kimura, Y.; Teraoka, I. "Separation of a diblock-triblock copolymer mixture by phase fluctuation chromatography" Polymer 2001, 42, 1067-1074.

8       Fujiwara, T.; Miyamoto, M.; Kimura, Y.; Iwata, T.; Doi, Y. "Self-organization of diblock and triblock copolymers of poly(L-lactide) and poly(oxyethylene) into nanostructured bands and their network system. Proposition of a doubly twisted chain conformation of poly(L-lactide)" Macromolecules 2001, 34, 4043-4050.

7       Lee, D.; Teraoka, I.; Fujiwara, T.; Kimura, Y. "Phase fluctuation chromatography of diblock copolymer of poly(ethylene glycol) and poly(L-lactide) for fractionation by the block length ratio" Macromolecules 2001, 34, 4949-4957.

6       Fujiwara, T.; Miyamoto, M.; Kimura, Y.; Sakurai, S. "Intriguing morphology transformation due to the macromolecular rearrangement of poly(L-lactide)-block-poly(oxyethylene): from core-shell nanoparticles to band structures via fragments of unimolecular size" Polymer 2001, 42, 1515-1523.

5       Fujiwara, T.; Mukose, T.; Yamaoka, T.; Yamane, H.; Sakurai, S.; Kimura, Y. "Novel thermo-responsive formation of a hydrogel by stereo-complexation between PLLA-PEG-PLLA and PDLA-PEG-PDLA block copolymers" Macromolecular Bioscience 2001, 1, 204-208.

4       Fujiwara, T.; Miyamoto, M.; Kimura, Y. "Crystallization-induced morphological changes of a poly(L-lactide)/poly(oxyethylene) diblock copolymer from sphere to band via disk: A novel macromolecular self-organization process from core-shell nanoparticles on surface" Macromolecules 2000, 33, 2782-2785.

3       Fujiwara, T.; Kimura, Y.; Teraoka, I. "Tailoring of block copolymers based on the stoichiometric control of the end-functionality of telechelic oligomers and the utilization of large-scale fractionation by phase fluctuation chromatography: A synthetic strategy for the preparation of end-functionalized poly(L-lactide)-block-poly(oxyethylene)" Journal of Polymer Science Part a-Polymer Chemistry 2000, 38, 2405-2414.

2       Muraoka, Y.; Ito, H.; Fujiwara, T.; Igarashi, C.; Nishizawa, K. "Analytical technique for characterizing the initial stage of the dyeing process" Textile Research Journal 1998, 68, 105-109.

1       Muraoka, Y.; Ito, H.; Fujiwara, T.; Nagata, M.; Maekawa, T. "Effect of dyes on the tensile properties of colored poly(ethylene terephthalate) film" Textile Research Journal 1996, 66, 104-110.