Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering
Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Materials Engineering Course, School of Engineering
We are carrying out researches for developing innovative materials with newer and better properties to lead our forthcoming society richer. For example, we are aiming to develop stronger ferrous and nonferrous metals for constructions and automotive, superconducting materials for next-generation maglev train, medical imaging device for visualizing internal of human body with better resolution, and small energy harvesting materials for future wearable internet devices.
In order 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 dimension at nano scale or atomic scale. Another strategy is to develop new processes to fabricate functional thin films such as superconducting materials and thermoelectric power generation materials. We are aiming to prepare superconductors with desirable pinning centers at nano-scale and to join superconductors for fabricating longer superconducting wires for future electric power transportation system. The films of new electric power generation materials without temperature difference are also developing.