Jun-ichi Kadokawa was born in Matsuyama, Japan, in 1964. He studied applied and materials chemistries at Tohoku University, where he received his Ph.D. in 1992. He then joined Yamagata University as a Research Associate. From 1996 to 1997, he worked as a visiting scientist at Max-Planck-Institute for Polymer Research in Germany. In 1999, he became an Associate Professor at Yamagata University and moved to Tohoku University in 2002. He was appointed as a Professor of Kagoshima University in 2004. His research interests focus on polysaccharide-based composite materials with ionic liquids and enzymatic synthesis of nanostructured polysaccharides. He received the Award for Encouragement of Research in Polymer Science (1997) and the Cellulose Society of Japan Award (2009).