Ceramics

TANG Jie

TANG.Jie@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Center for Green Research on Energy and Environmental Materials Managing Researcher
University of Tsukuba Professor

Research field

functional materials, energy storage materials, electrochemistry

Research outline

Aiming for the most sophisticated industrial use in electron imaging and energy storage, we investigate graphene and rare-earth compounds nanowires among other nanomaterials for applications in supercapacitors and electron emitters.

Research Interests

nanowires, two-dimensional nanomaterials, super capacitor, lithium ion battery, nanostructure electron source

Assigned university/courses

University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences

PhD : Materials Science and Engineering

MSc : Applied Physics

Message to prospective students

Let us make the world better with our nanotechnology!

MORI Takao

MORI.Takao@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics Thermal Energy Materials Group Group Leader
University of Tsukuba Professor

Research field

thermoelectric materials, functional materials, magnetic materials, semiconductor

Research outline

More than half of mankind’s consumed gas and oil is lost as waste heat. We focus on developing highly useful energy & environment materials, like thermoelectric and inorganic functional materials, through atomic network control, nano/microstructure control, synthesis of new materials with strong structure-property relationships from their topology.

Research Interests

inorganic materials, thermoelectric materials, thermal management materials, heusler alloys, structure-property relationship

Assigned university/courses

University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences

PhD : Materials Science and Engineering

MSc : Materials Science

Message to prospective students

For IoT powering and energy saving for the planet, let's develop the world’s first wide-ranging applicable thermoelectric materials and other highly functional inorganic materials together!

YAMAURA Kazunari

YAMAURA.Kazunari@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research Center for Functional Materials Solid State Materials Group Group Leader
Hokkaido University Professor

Research field

functional materials, magnetic materials, superconductivity, structural analysis, crystal growth

Research outline

Change the crystal structure and chemical composition of inorganic materials in various ways, improve quantum functionality such as high-Tc superconductivity, electronic properties, magnetism, half-metallicity, or topological properties, explore their theory, and pioneer new engineering materials.

Research Interests

strongly correlated electrons material, quantum solid-state material, high-temperature and high-pressure synthesis, perovskite, 5d electrons oxide

Assigned university/courses

Hokkaido University Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering

Materials Chemistry and Engineering Course

Message to prospective students

With the goal of developing new materials characterized by excellent functionality, for example, the combination of elements and changes in crystal structure of transition metal oxide are examined under various synthesis conditions. In the doctoral program, students acquire advanced experimental techniques and work on problem based on their own ideas.

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UCHIKOSHI Tetsuo

UCHIKOSHI.Tetsuo@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research Center for Functional Materials Fine Particles Engineering Group Group Leader
Hokkaido University Professor

Research field

functional materials, optical materials, ion conductors, photocatalysts, fine particle processing

Research outline

In order to drastically improve the functional properties of ceramic materials used for electronic components, catalysts, filters and optical materials, we are advancing materials processing techniques in micro to nano level and developing new processing routes. In addition, we are actively searching for new materials with aiming to disclose their novel physical/chemical properties.

Research Interests

colloidal processing, coating, shaping, layered composites, solid state ionics

Assigned university/courses

Hokkaido University Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering

Materials Chemistry and Engineering Course

** The professor no longer accept the new students, as his retirement is scheduled on 31 March 2023.

Message to prospective students

The functional properties of materials are highly dependent on the raw materials and processes, which is like the fact that the taste of foods is determined by the ingredients and how to cook them. A researcher in materials processing seems like a skilled cook who can maximize the potential properties of the materials and create new functional properties. Would you like to be a chef in materials research too?

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KUWATA Naoaki

Kuwata.Naoaki@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Center for Green Research on Energy and Environmental Materials All Solid-State Battery Group Principal Researcher
Hokkaido University Professor

Research field

battery materials, solid state ionics, solid state physics, electrochemistry

Research outline

We investigate a mechanism of ion dynamics in solids and its application to all-solid-state batteries (ASSB). Diffusion coefficient of lithium ions in solids can be elucidated using techniques such as secondary ion mass spectrometry and NMR. Multi-scale analysis of ASSB using various analytical instruments is used to study the degradation mechanism.

Research Interests

all-solid-state battery, thin-film rechargeable battery, secondary ion mass spectrometry, nuclear magnetic resonance, operand analysis

Assigned university/courses

Hokkaido University Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering

Materials Chemistry and Engineering Course

Message to prospective students

We are studying ion dynamics in all-solid-state battery materials based on our original analysis techniques. We welcome those who are interested in new materials and new phenomena, and those who want to do basic research on all-solid-state batteries.

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NAGAO Tadaaki

NAGAO.Tadaaki@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics Photonics Nano-Engineering Group Group Leader
Hokkaido University Professor

Research field

materials physics, surface science, nanophotonics, heat transfer engineering

Research outline

Light can be confined and changes its nature flexibly in nanometer to atomic-scale nanomaterials if we appropriately chose materials and their surface nanostructures. Our group focuses on the study of novel functionalities originating from electronic excitations and photonic properties in nanometer-scale structures/interfaces together with developing new materials, devices, and spectroscopy techniques.

Research Interests

plasmonic materials, semimetals/metalloids, phonon, infrared emitters, infrared recognition sensors

Assigned university/courses

Hokkaido University Graduate School of Science

Department of Condensed Matter Physics

Message to prospective students

Our group is composed of staff members from various backgrounds in science and from companies. More than half of the members are non-Japanese, and we have various opportunities for collaborations and presenting at conferences. Since our PhD candidates are requested to setup their own experiments within three years, we support learning through mutual collaborations along with working by oneself to establish an in-house original research.

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SHIMAMURA Kiyoshi

SHIMAMURA.Kiyoshi@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research Center for Functional Materials Optical Single Crystals Group Group Leader
Waseda University Professor

Research field

functional materials, optical materials, semiconductor, dielectrics

Research outline

Research on the design, bulk crystal growth, and characterization of new single crystal materials is performed, aiming at the fabrication of next generation of single crystal based devices. A wide range of crystals such as laser and nonlinear optical crystals, magneto-optical crystals, scintillator/dosimeter, widebandgap semiconductor, piezoelectric and ferroelectric crystals are the main targets of the research.

Research Interests

single crystal growth, phosphor, scintillator, semiconductor, dielectric-piezoelectric material

Assigned university/courses

Waseda University Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering

Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Message to prospective students

Let’s challenge Ph.D. together with beautiful and fantastic bulk single crystals !

SUZUKI Tohru

SUZUKI.Tohru@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research Center for Functional Materials Ceramics Processing Group Group Leader
Waseda University Professor

Research field

structural materials, functional materials

Research outline

Designing and preparing nano-structured inorganic materials and inorganic/organic composites are studied for functionality and reliability in environment and energy fields. We focus on crystalline orientation and laminar structure by using a magnetic field and an electric field. Transparent ceramics, solid electrolyte, structure ceramics, etc.

Research Interests

crystal orientation, strong magnetic field, powder processing, ionic conductor, transparent ceramics

Assigned university/courses

Waseda University Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering

Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Message to prospective students

We focus on the processing for microstructure control in functional and structural ceramics, and our research target is development of the advanced ceramics. We always face some problems in research, and nobody knows the answer. However, that's what makes it all the more interesting. Let’s solve the problems together.

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MA Renzhi

MA.Renzhi@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics Functional Nanomaterials Group Group Leader
Waseda University Professor

Research field

functional materials, Nanomaterials, structural analysis, electron microscopy, electrochemistry

Research outline

We exploit the most advanced chemical synthesis technologies toward rational design and function exploration of new nanomaterials represented by nanotubes and nanosheets. By assembling and integrating these nanoscale building blocks, we are striving to achieve novel multi-functions for applications in batteries, ion conductors and catalysts, etc.

Research Interests

nanosheets, nanotube, battery, catalysis, ion conduction

Assigned university/courses

Waseda University Graduate School of Advanced Science and Engineering

Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering

Message to prospective students

As exemplified by the worldwide interest attracted on carbon nanotube and graphene, nanoscience has become one of the most exciting and rapidly developing research fields. Students who are fascinated by nanomaterials which are invisible to human eyes and dreaming to challenge the world are welcome.

MORITA Koji

MORITA.Koji@nims.go.jp

National Institute for Materials Science Research Center for Functional Materials Luminescent Materials Group Chief Researcher
Kyushu University Professor

Research field

Structural materials, high temperature materials, optical ceramics

Research outline

Our purpose is to realize high and multifunctional ceramic materials by harmonizing fundamental and application researches on functional properties (high temperature, optics, structural properties, etc.) and on nanostructural characterization. We focus especially on the researches on the developments of new synthesis methods for high-performance transparent ceramics, to develop high temperature structural ceramics and so on.

Research Interests

Ceramics, Transparent Ceramics, Sintering, High Temperature Deformation, Current effect

Assigned university/courses

Kyushu University Graduate School of Engineering

Department of Materials

Message to prospective students

Important is not just to do research as directed. Let’s acquire own ability to make your own research plan and to execute it systematically.

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