Chief Operating Officer Yoshio Bando

Yoshio Bando
Nanomaterials and Transmission Electron Microscope
Academic degree:
Ph.D. Osaka University (1975)
Recent publications
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Educational & Working History

2009 Adjunct Professor, University of Tokyo
2008 Chief Operating Officer (COO), MANA Visiting Professor, Waseda University
2007 Deputy-director general, MANA, NIMS
2004 Fellow, NIMS
2003 Director-General, ICYS, NIMS
2001 Director of Advanced Beam Analysis Group, Advanced Materials Laboratory, NIMS
1996 Supervising Researcher, Advanced Beam Analysis Station, NIRIM
1993 Adjunct Professor, University of Tsukuba
1979 - 1981 Visiting Researcher, Dept. of Physics, Arizona State University
1975 Researcher, National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials (NIRIM)
1975 Ph.D. Graduate School of Science, Inorganic Chemistry, Osaka University

Research History

He has been working on synthesizing new one-dimensional inorganic nanomaterials, and clarifying their structures and properties. By utilizing sophisticated TEM, he has discovered many new nanotubes and nanowires such as BN, MgO, and AlN. One particular highlight was the discovery of a nanotube-based "nanothermometer" (Nature, 2002). "Nanothermometer" is now listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's smallest thermometer (2004). He also succeeded in producing oxide nanotubes such as MgO, In2O3 and SiO2 as nanothermometers for high-temperature measurements.

His group is a pioneer of BN nanotube studies. They first developed large-scale, high-purity synthesis of BN nanotubes using the carbon free CVD method. They clarified unique properties of BN nanotubes such as hydrogen storage, high oxidation resistance and semiconducting after F-doping into nanotubes. They recently succeeded in producing transparent polymer composite thin films containing BN nanotubes, which showed good mechanical and high thermal properties. These polymer composites could be useful for innovative lightweight materials such as IC packages and heat-conductive insulators for electrical devices.

He has received many outstanding awards such as the Tsukuba Prize in 2005, Academician, World Academy of Ceramics in 2004, Commendation Award by the Minister of State for Science and Technology in 1998, Academic Award of the Ceramic Society of Japan in 1997, Seto Award of Electron Microscopy Society of Japan in 1994, Science and Technology Accomplishment Award by the Minister of State for Science and Technology in 1994. In 2002, he was chosen as one of the "Top Thirty Key Persons in Nanotechnology" in Japan by the scientific journal, "Nikkei Science". He is appointed as adjunct member of the Science Council of Japan (2006). He is now a Fellow of American Ceramic Society and an Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Electron Microscopy.

He has published more than 450 papers in international journals and the total number of citations of his papers is 10,498 with H-index of 55 (as of October, 2009). He also holds more than 50 patents.

Selected Papers

  1. Large-Scale fabrication of boron nitride nanosheets and their utilization in polymeric composites with improved thermal and mechanical properties
    Zhi CY, Bando Y, Tang CC, Kuwahara H, Golberg D
    Adv Mater, 2009; 21(28): 2889-2893.
  2. Ga-doped ZnO nanowire-precursors for ZnO/ZnGa2O4 nanotubes
    Gautam UK, Bando Y, Zhan JH, Costa P, Fang XS, Golberg D
    Adv Mater, 2008; 20(4): 810-814.
  3. Si nanowire semisphere-like ensembles as field emitters
    Fang X.S, Bando Y, Ye C, Shen GZ, Gautam UK, Hu JQ, Tang CC, Golberg D
    Chem Commun, 2007; 40: 4093-4095.
  4. Carbon nanotubes as nanoreactors for fabrication of single-crystalline Mg3N2 nanowires
    Hu JQ, Bando Y, Zhan JH, Zhi CY, Golberg D
    Nano Lett, 2006; 6(6): 1136-1140.
  5. Formation of crystalline SrAl2O4 nanotubes by a roll-up and post-annealing approach
    Ye CH, Bando Y, Shen GZ, Golberg D
    Angew Chem Int Ed, 2006; 45(30): 4922-4926.
  6. Fluoridation and electrical conductivity of BN nanotubes
    Tang CC, Bando Y, Huang Y, Yue S, Gu C, Golberg D
    J Am Chem Soc, 2005; 127(18): 6552-6553.
  7. Characteristics of boron nitride nanotube-polyaniline composites
    Zhi CY, Bando Y, Tang CC, Honda S, Sato K, Kuwahara H, Golberg D
    Angew Chem Int Ed, 2005; 44(48): 7929-7932
  8. Unusual freezing and melting of gallium encapsulated in carbon nanotubes
    Liu ZW, Bando Y, Mitome M, Zhan JH
    Phys Rev Lett, 2004; 93(9): 095504.
  9. Status and trends of nanotechnology R&D in Japan
    Kishi T, Bando Y
    Nature Mater, 2004; 3: 129-131.
  10. Epitaxial heterostructures: Side-to-side Si-ZnS, Si-ZnSe biaxial nanowires, and sandwich like ZnS-Si-ZnS triaxial nanowires
    Hu JQ, Bando Y, Liu ZW, Sekiguchi T, Golberg D, Zhan JH
    J Am Chem Soc, 2003; 125(37): 11306-11313.
  11. Carbon nanothermometer containing gallium
    Gao YH, Bando Y
    Nature, 2002 Feb 7; 415: 599.