Akiko Tsurumaki

Dr. Akiko Tsurumaki obtained both her B. Eng. (Mar 2010) and M. Eng. (Mar 2012) at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT). Then, she obtained her Ph.D. (Mar 2015) in Engineering at TUAT under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hiroyuki Ohno. She carried out her Ph.D. research entitled “Basic Studies and Functional Design of Fluorinated Polymer/Ionic Liquid Composites”. She was awarded a fellowship (DC2) granted by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science for this research. She experienced a short-term visiting researcher in Sapienza University of Rome (2011) and in University of Padova (2015). Both visiting were funded by JSPS. After Ph.D. course, she started to work as a project assistant professor in Global Innovation Research Organization at TUAT from Apr 2015. She was involved in “Science and Technology Research Promotion Program for Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries and Food Industry (26052A)” from the MAFF and “Cross-ministerial Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (14533483)” entitled “Towards technological innovation in rural area lignin biomass resources utilization system” from the CAO, Government of Japan. She then started to work as a research assistant in the Department of Chemistry at Sapienza University of Rome from May 2016 on "development of solid and gel electrolytes for advanced lithium and sodium ion batteries" and is currently working as a RTD-A Research Associate from Dec 2021 in the same department.
Research activity
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Physical chemistry
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Her research is centered on dissolution and functional design of polymers with ionic liquids (ILs), especially with fluorinated polymers. Her past and ongoing research activities have covered a few main areas, which are summarized as follows: 1) Evaluation of compatibility between ILs and polymers, 2) Synthesis of novel ILs showing moderate affinity with polymer matrices with intent of preparation of homogeneous and stable polymer/IL films, 3) Elucidation of effects of the compatibility on properties of the composite films in terms of ionic conductivity, surface resistivity, thermal property, and transparency. She has experiences with following techniques: Raman, Infrared, UV-visible spectroscopy, NMR, DSC, thermogravimetry (TG), TEM, SEM, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, surface and volume resistivity measurements, surface wettability measurement, molecular orbital and orbital energy calculation (Gaussian 93). She also has professional knowledge of HSAB theory, organic synthesis of ILs, and preparation of polymer films.

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