Functional Materials

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Functional Materials

Overview

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TEM image of silica-coated
Pt metal nanoparticles

At this laboratory in the chemical engineering department, we study on the development of advanced inorganic/organic materials with new function and high function by controlling morphology and inner structure of nanoscale materials. For example, we successfully developed the function of nanoparticles and nanowires by coating them with silica layer of nanoscale thickness. The structure-controlled nanomaterials are useful for a variety of industrial applications such as supported catalysts for hydrogen production, electro-catalysts for polymer electrolyte fuel cell (PEFC), and electrically/thermally conductive materials.

Staff

Professor Masahiro Kishida
Associate Professor Sakae Takenaka
Assistant Professor Hideki Matsune
Research Associate Hamdi Farag

The Main Research Topics

  • Modification of metal nanoparticles and metal nanowires by coverage with silica
  • Synthesis of hollow nanospheres consisting of amphiphilic block copolymers
  • Development of highly active and durable catalysts for polymer electrolyte fuel cells
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