Department of Molecular and Material Sciences


Mechanics and Materials

Prof. Kazuo ARAKAWA
Associate Prof. Mitsugu TODO
Mechanics and Materials

The purpose of our research is two-fold. First, we aim to elucidate the mechanical behaviors of biomaterials such as bioabsorbable polymers, artificial joints, and dental implants.
Second, we strive to develop new materials and designs. We are collaborating with medical and dentalresearchers, and medical industries. By fully using the techniques of experimental and computational mechanics, we are conducting research from macroscopic and microscopic aspects with an emphasis on the following:

  • Development and characterization of bioabsorbable composite materials;
  • Elucidation of the mechanical behaviors of artificial joints and development of new joints;
  • Visualization of microscopic deformation behaviors of biomaterial interfaces;
  • Elucidation of the mechanical interaction between dental implants and living bones;
  • Elucidation of the breakage mechanism of orthopaedic and oral surgery implants;
  • Elucidation of the impact deformation and fracture mechanism of polymer blends.