Materials Science

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“Take on challenging tasks to manufacture cutting-edge materials, from smartphones to aircraft.”

What is common to computers, automobiles and prostheses?
Machines and devices that represent modern civilization are all composed of multiple materials for different purposes.

The lack of even one of the materials that make up a machine or device will result in the failure of its proper functioning. Progress in line with the times depends on the design and development of new materials.

 

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“Pursue new materials based on nanotechnology for a bright future.
Courses are designed to help students develop expertise, creativity and English proficiency that meet international standards.”

“It’s not design-limited, it’s materials-limited,”according to a prominent university professor in the United States, meaning that what is limiting modern civilization’s rate of progress is not our technological ability to design devices but the absence of materials that can function as required. To be in accord with the national policy that places priority on nanotechnology, materials science plays a key role.

The Department of Materials Science offers courses covering a wide range of disciplines from the basics to application of material engineering with focus on metals and ceramics, under the following key concepts: “Manufacture materials,” “Study structures” and “Measure properties.”

This basic approach can be universally applied to any material, from light and strong alloys used for aircraft and cell phones, to functional ceramics. More specifically, students will learn, based on what they learned at high school, special disciplines necessary to understand materials that support society, such as “study of strength of materials,” “study of microstructure of materials,” “study of materials physics” and “material chemistry.” They are also provided with courses to acquire sufficiently advanced English proficiency to communicate with researchers around the world. In addition, through repeated training sessions and experiments, they can experience the special characteristics of these disciplines. In their fourth year, they will focus on one theme all year for their research, in which they will develop their creativity and international-mindedness in the process of solving problems to become a full-fledged researcher and engineer.

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Synthesis of functional nanoparticles using an aqueous synthetic method

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Atomic image observation experiment with high-resolution electron microscopy

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Custom-made high-precision mechanical spectrometers for measuring elastic energy dissipation.

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Electron micrograph of a material for a fuel cell (Li ionic conductor)

Academic Staff

Research Group Staff
Material Design Optimizing Group Kenji HIGASHI [Professor]
Yorinobu TAKIGAWA [Associate Professor]
Tokuteru UESUGI [Associate Professor]
Science of Materials and Nanotechnology Group Masahide TAKAHASHI [Professor]
Yasuaki TOKUDOME [Associate Professor]       Kenji OKADA[Assistant Professor]
Biomaterial Group Atsushi NAKAHIRA [Professor]
Structure Characterization Group Shigeo MORI [Professor]
Yui ISHII [Assistant Professor]
Materials Physics under Irradiation Fields Group Akihiro IWASE [Professor]
Industrial and Engineering Materials Group Hiroshi NUMAKURA [Professor]
Ryusuke NAKAMURA [Associate Professor]
Materials Processing Control Group Hirofumi INOUE [Professor]
Masaki NARISAWA [Associate Professor]
Hybrid Nanomaterials Research Group Rie MAKIURA [Associate Professor]
High-Pressure-Synthesized Materials Group Ikuya Yamada [Associate Professor]
Industrial Materials Innovation Research Group Yasuyuki KANENO [Professor]
Hiroyuki INOUE [Associate Professor]