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Tomonobu Nakayama

MANA Principal Investigator (PI)


Educational & Research History

2008 - Present
Principal Investigator, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) , NIMS
Managing Director, Nano System Functionality Center, NIMS
2006 - Present
Group Leader, Nano Functionality Integration Group, Nano System Functionality Center, NIMS
2004 - Present
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Science, University of Tsukuba
Group Leader, Electro-Nanocharacterization Group, Nanomaterials Laboratory, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Visiting Lecturer, Research Laboratory for Nuclear Reactors, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Visiting Professor, Institute of Physics, National Chiao-Tung University, Taiwan
Vice-chief Scientist of Surface and Interface Laboratory (RIKEN)
Scientist, The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN)
Researcher, ERATO Atomcraft Project, JST
Researcher, Central Research Laboratories, Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co. Ltd.
PhD in physics, The University of Tokyo

Research History

Tomonobu Nakayama has been working in the field of surface science and nanotechnology. He developed the world-first multiple-scanning-probe microscope (MPSPM) when he was in Prof.Masakazu Aono's laboratory in RIKEN, and achieved the first multiprobe nanoscale MPSPM measurements with the atomic resolution. Later he has also developed an integrated control system specialized for nanoscale MPSPM measurements. He has been studying on physical and chemical properties of fullerene molecules, especially from the view points of their polymerization and depolymerization, and achieved the first observation of intermolecular polymerization in a monolayer system. Also he has pursuing much more sophisticated control of the chemical reaction at the single-molecule level for realizing single-molecule memory devices. More recently, he started to develop various type of nanoscale chemical sensor probes for multiple-scanning-probe microscopes to open a nanoscale system biology to seek innovative discipline of future computation.

Selected Papers

  1. Weakly bound and strained C60 monolayer on Si(111)√3x√3R30o-Ag
    T. Nakayama, J. Onoe, K. Takeuchi, M.Aono
    Phys. Rev. B59, 12627 (1999)
  2. Photoinduced Products in a C60 monolayer on Si(111) (√3x√3)-Ag: An STM Study
    T. Nakayama, J. Onoe, K. Nakatsuji, J. Nakamura, K. Takeuchi, M. Aono
    Surf. Rev. Lett. 6, 1073 (1999)
  3. Structural and Cohesive Properties of a C60 monolayer
    J. Nakamura, T. Nakayama, S. Watanabe, M. Aono
    Phys. Rev.Lett. 87, 048301 (2001)
  4. Formation and Disappearance of a Nanoscale Silver Cluster Realized by Solid Electrochemical Reaction
    K. Terabe, T. Nakayama, T. Hasegawa, M. Aono
    J. Appl. Phys. 91, 10110 (2002)
  5. Structural and electrical properties of an electron-beam-irradiated C60 film
    J. Onoe, T. Nakayama, M. Aono, T. Hara
    Appl. Phys. Lett. 82, 595 (2003)
  6. Quantized Conductance Atomic Switch
    K. Terabe, T. Hasegawa, T. Nakayama, M. Aono
    Nature 433, 47 (2005)
  7. One-dimensional Surface Reconstruction as an Atomic-scale Template for the Growth of Periodically Striped Ag Films
    T. Uchihashi, C. Ohbuchi, S. Tsukamoto, T. Nakayama
    Phys.Rev.Lett. 96, 136104 (2006)
  8. Epitaxially grown WOx nanorod probes for sub-100 nm multiple-scanning-probe measurement
    O. Kubo, Y. Shingaya, M. Nakaya, M. Aono, T.Nakayama
    Appl.Phys.Lett. 88, 254101 (2006)
  9. Integration of Individual Nanoscale Structures into Devices Using Dynamic Nanostenciling
    S. Egger, A. Ilie, S. Machida, T. Nakayama
    Nano Lett. 7, 3399 (2007)
  10. Reversibility-controlled Single Molecular Level Chemical Reaction in C60 Monolayer via Ionization Induced by a Scanning Tunneling Microscope
    M. Nakaya, Y. Kuwahara, M. Aono, T. Nakayama
    Small 4, 538 (2008)