Kotaro Satoh received his B.S. (1995), M.S. (1997), and Ph.D. (2000) degrees in polymer chemistry from Kyoto University. His doctoral study was on realizing cationic polymerization in aqueous media under the supervision of Professor Mitsuo Sawamoto. After his Ph.D. study, he worked for Tsukuba Research Laboratories, Kuraray Co Ltd. as a researcher during 20002004 to develop a novel thermoplastic elastomer via living anionic polymerization. In 2004, he moved to the Graduate School of Engineering, Department of Applied Chemistry, Nagoya University as an Assistant Professor working with Professor Masami Kamigaito, and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2007. He received the 2008 Awards for the Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science of the Society of Polymer Science, Japan. He is now visiting the Hawker group as a short-term visiting scholar from October 2009 to March 2010.
His research interests include exploring precision polymerization systems as well as developments of new polymer materials by means of well-controlled polymerizations. At UCSB, he is designing some block copolymers for lithography and exploring new system for the syntheses of block copolymers and dendrimers.