Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Department of Materials, Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Materials, School of Engineering
We are researching innovative materials with newer and better properties to make our forthcoming society richer. For example, we are aiming to develop stronger ferrous and nonferrous metals for construction and automotive, and small energy harvesting materials for future wearable internet devices.
To reach the goal, we have two major strategies. One is to understand the mechanism of materials exhibiting various physical properties such as hardness, electrical conductivity, electrical permittivity, and others. The clarified mechanism can be used for the design of new or better materials. In this research project, we are using state-of-the-art electron microscopy to characterize materials to thoroughly determine the material structure in two- or three dimensions at the nanoscale or atomic scale. Another strategy is developing new processes to fabricate functional thin films such as superconducting and thermoelectric power generation materials. We are aiming to prepare superconductors with desirable pinning centers at the nano-scale and to join superconductors for fabricating longer superconducting wires for future electric power transportation systems. The films of new electric power generation materials without temperature difference are also developing.
Prof. Kenji Kaneko