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Joji Tanaka

Academic Interests and Current Work:

  • Synthesis of novel polymers for biological relevance, in partcular glycopolymers for immunogical targets.2
  • Mimicing protein assembly with synthetic polymers3
  • Conjugations of polymers with biologically relevant functional groups1
  • Fundamental investigation of properties of Multiblocks co-polymers5
  • Applications of Sugars for drug delivery
  • Synthesis of stimuli-responsive Polymers3,4
  • Investigating Novel cross-linking chemistry in polymeric assemblies (current work)

Publication list:

5) Evolution of Microphase Separation with Variations of Segments of Sequence-Controlled Multiblock Copolymers Junliang Zhang , Robert Deubler, Matthias Hartlieb , Liam Martin, Joji Tanaka, Elena Patyukova, Paul D. Topham, Felix H. Schacher, and Sébastien Perrier Macromolecules, 2017, 50, 7380-7387 DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01831

4) Thiol-reactive (co)polymer scaffolds comprised of organic arsenical acrylamides Charlotte Footman, Patrick A.J.M. de Jongh, Joji Tanaka, Raoul Peltier, Kristian Kempe, Thomas P. Davis and Paul Wilson. Chemical Communications, 2017, 53, 8447-8450 DOI:10.1039/C7CC03880A

3) Self-assembly and disassembly of stimuli responsive tadpole-like single chain nanoparticles using a switchable hydrophilic/hydrophobic boronic acid cross-linker Junliang Zhang, Joji Tanaka, Pratik Gurnani, Paul Wilson, Matthias Hartlieb and Sébastien Perrier. Polymer Chemistry, 2017, 8, 4079-4087 DOI: 10.1039/C7PY00828G

Polymer chem front cover

2 ) Specific and Differential Binding of N-Acetylgalactosamine Glycopolymers to the Human Macrophage Galactose Lectin and Asialoglycoprotein Receptor Joji Tanaka, Anne S. Gleinich, Qiang Zhang, Richard Whitfield, Kristian Kempe, David M. Haddleton, Thomas P. Davis, Sébastien Perrier, Daniel A. Mitchell and Paul Wilson. Biomacromolecules, 2017, 18 (5), pp 1624–1633 DOI: 10.1021/acs.biomac.7b00228

1) In Situ Conjugation of Dithiophenol Maleimide Polymers and Oxytocin for Stable and Reversible Polymer–Peptide Conjugates Jennifer Collins, Joji Tanaka, Paul Wilson, Kristian Kempe, Thomas P. Davis, Michelle P. McIntosh, Michael R. Whittake, and David M. Haddleton. Bioconjugate Chemistry, 2015, 26 (4), pp 633–638 DOI: 10.1021/bc5006202

Group Affiliation and websites

Wilson Group


Haddleton Group

Perrier Group

Academic background:

University of Warwick 2009-2013

Chemical Biology (MChem)

University of Warwick 2013-2014

Mathematical Biology Biophysical Chemistry (MSc)

University of Warwick 2014-present

Mathematical Biology Biophysical Chemistry (PhD)




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