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 Nobuyuki Tamaoki was born in Japan in 1959. In 1982 he graduated from Chiba University . After working at the Toyobo Co. research center, he commenced his doctoral studies in 1989 with Professor Tsuguo Yamaoka at Chiba University , where he was awarded his Ph.D in 1992 for work on the photochromism of macrocyclic azobenzene derivatives. In 1992, he joined the Research Institute for Polymers and Textiles (now National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) where he was a group leader from April 2000 to September 2008. In October 2008 he moved to Hokkaido University as a full professor of Research Institute for Electronic Science. He is also a guest professor of University of Tokyo , Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology. He was a visiting research associate from 1995 to 1996 with Professor M. Reza Ghadiri at the Scripps Research Institute in the United States . His research is mainly focused on the synthesis of photochromic macrocycles and photo-responsive molecular organizations and polymers. He is also in tackling the synthesis of a new photo-responsive compound that activates the molecular function of motor proteins instead of ATP.