Tomoko Fujiwara

Associate Professor

SM 409
Office Hours
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      Summer internship, Department of Polymer Materials, Science and Chemistry, Polytechnic University (NY)

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


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.