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In this laboratory, we study the structure of materials and their micro and macroscopic properties from electronic, atomic and molecular aspects, and aim to connect this expertise to development of various innovative materials, and become pioneers in the area of materials physics.

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Day by day our lives, societies, and the world around us are becoming increasingly more rich, comfortable and convenient. Still, the earth faces many challenging environmental problems and complex issues such as aging societies and we have to tackle these head on to solve them.

In the laboratory, we study the structure of materials and their micro and macroscopic properties from electronic, atomic and molecular aspects, and aim to connect this expertise to development of various innovative materials, and become pioneers in the area of materials science.

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Laboratory

Parallel Computer

This is a parallel computer used in our laboratory.

Stereo microscopes

These are used to check the conditions of samples. We have three stereo microscopes.

Digital Microscope System

This can produce high-quality and full-color optical images of the surfaces of samples.

Imaging Box

This enables us to take nice pictures of small and beautiful objects such as crystals or jewelries.

Laser scanning microscope

This enables us to observe three-dimensional structures with increasing optical resolution.

Furnaces

These are used to heat-treat samples in air at high temperatures.

Atmosphere furnaces

These are used to heat-treat samples in reducing atmosphere at high temperatures.

Furnace for bicrystals

This is a furnace used to fabricate oxide bicrystals.

Water Purification System

This enables purification of water.

Low Speed Precision Cutters

These are used for cutting various types of materials with minimal deformation. We have two cutters.

Ultrasonic Cutter

This enables cutting brittle materials for TEM observation.

Precision polishing machines

These are used to polish brittle materials. We have six polishing machines.

Ion Milling Systems

These can produce high-quality TEM specimens with electron transparency.

Magnetron Sputter Coater

This enables nanoscale thin film deposition on the surface of samples.

Ion Beam Sputtering System

This enables atoms deposition on the surface of samples at the atomic scale.

Precision universal testing machine

This is used to deform materials with measuring displacements and loads.

Nano Indentation Tester

This enables testing the mechanical properties of materials from their surfaces at the nanoscale.

Scanning Probe Microscope

This enables nanoscale measurements of various properties from surfaces of materials.

Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer

This is used for electrical characterization of semiconducting or insulating materials.

Low-Noise Vacuum Prober station

This is used to measure electric properties of materials from low temperature to high temperature.

High Voltage Application System

This cyclically can apply high voltage to a sample.

Spectrophotometer

This enables scientific measurement of reflection and transmission properties of samples as a function of wavelength.

Time-resolved Spectroscopy Equipment

This is used to measure weak phosphorescence spectra and the lifetime.

Xenon Light Sources

This is used to irradiate lights of the specific wavelength domain to materials. We have two xenon light sources.

Mercury Light Source

This is used to irradiate lights of various wavelength domains including short wavelength ultraviolet to materials.

Draft Chamber

This is a local exhaust ventilation, which is used to treat toxic chemical substances.

Publications

  • Nitriding synthesis and structural change of phosphorus nitrides at high pressures,
    K. Niwa*, Y. Iijima, M. Ukita, R. Toda, K. Toyoura, T. Sasaki, K. Matsunaga, N.A. Gaida, M. Hasegawa,
    Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, 52 (5), 1064–1072,  May 2021 

  • An origin of excess vibrational entropies at grain boundaries in Al, Si and MgO: a first-principles analysis with lattice dynamics,
    T. Yokoi*, K. Ikawa, A. Nakamura, K. Matsunaga,

    Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics,2021, 23 (16), 10018-10129, May 2021

  • Dislocation-toughened ceramics,
    L. Porz*, A. J. Klomp, X. Fang, N. Li, C. Yrim, C. Detlefs, E. Bruder, M. Höfling, W. Rheinheimer, E. A. Patterson, P. Gao, K. Durst, A. Nakamura, K. Albe, H. Simons, J. Rödel,
    Materials Horizons, 2021, 8 (5), 1528–1537, May 2021

  • Switching the fracture toughness of single-crystal ZnS using light irradiation,
    T. Zhu, K. Ding, Y. Oshima, A. Amiri, E. Bruder, R. W. Stark, K. Durst, K. Matsunaga, A. Nakamura*, X Fang*,
    Applied Physics Letters, 118 (15), 154103, April 2021

  • Photoindentation: A New Route to Understanding Dislocation Behavior in Light,
    A. Nakamura*, X. Fang, A. Matsubara, E. Tochigi, Y. Oshima, T. Saito, T. Yokoi, Y. Ikuhara, K. Matsunaga,
    Nano Letters, 21 (5), 1962–1967, March 2021

  • Donor and acceptor-like self-doping by mechanically induced dislocations in bulk TiO2,
    Q. K. Muhammad*, L. Porz, A. Nakamura, K. Matsunaga, M. Rohnke, J. Janek, J. Rödel, T. Frömling,
    Nano Energy, 85, 105994, March 2021

  • Dislocation-based crack initiation and propagation in single-crystal SrTiO3,
    X. Fang*, K. Ding, C. Minnert, A. Nakamura, K. Durst,
    Journal of Materials Science, 56 (9), 5479–5492,  March 2021

  • Stable and metastable structures and their energetics of asymmetric tilt grain boundaries in MgO: A simulated annealing approach,
     T. Yokoi*, Y. Kondo, K. Ikawa, A. Nakamura, K. Matsunaga,
    Journal of Materials Science,56 (4), 3183–3196, Feb. 2021

  • Crystal and Electronic Structures of MoSi2-Type CrGe2 Synthesized under High Pressure,
    T. Sasaki*, K. Kanie, T. Yokoi, K. Niwa, N.A. Gaida, K. Matsunaga, M. Hasegawa,
    Inorganic Chemistry, 60 (3), 1767-1772, Feb. 2021

  • Direct imaging of atomistic grain boundary migration,
    J. Wei, B. Feng*, R. Ishikawa, T. Yokoi, K. Matsunaga, N. Shibata, Y. Ikuhara,
    Nature Materials ,,    –    , Jan. 2021 Published online

  • Conceptual Framework for Dislocation Modified Conductivity in Oxide Ceramics Deconvoluting Mesoscopic Structure, Core, and Space Charge Exemplified for SrTiO3,
    L. Porz*, T. Frömling, A. Nakamura, N. Li, R. Maruyama, K. Matsunaga, P. Gao, H. Simons, C. Dietz, M. Rohnke, J. Janek, J. Rödel*,
    ACS Nano, —, — – —, Nov. 2020 Published online

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MEMBER

STAFF

Katsuyuki Matsunaga
(Professor)

kmatsunaga[at]nagoya-u.jp

Tatsuya Yokoi
(Assistant Professor)

yokoi[at]mp.pse.nagoya-u.ac.jp

                 

Yu Oshima
(Specially Appointed Assistant Professor)

y.oshima[at]nagoya-u.jp

                 

Li Yan
(Researcher)

yanli[at]core.mp.pse.nagoya-u.ac.jp

             
Secretary

nagao[at]mp.pse.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Technical Assistant

iwase[at]mp.pse.nagoya-u.ac.jp

Agency Temp

asano[at]core.mp.pse.nagoya-u.ac.jp
kataoka[at]core.mp.pse.nagoya-u.ac.jp

STUDENTS

Yusuke
Ogura(D3)

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Tatsushi
Saito(D3)

Research Theme

Defect formation energy in oxides

Tomohiro
Nishi(D2)

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Sena
Hoshino(D1)

Research Theme

Analysis of atom and electronic structure

                 

Kousuke
Adachi(M2)

Research Theme

Interatomic potential for grain boundaries in semiconductor compounds

                 

Hirotaka
Katou(M2)

Research Theme

Atomic and electronic structure at asymmetric grain boundaries in Si and Ge

                 

Ayaka
Matsubara(M2)

Research Theme

Nanomechanics of inorganic semiconductors

                 

Yusaku
Akagi(M1)

1

                 

Anna
Takagi(M1)

                 

2

                 

Takazumi
Tanaka(M1)

                 

3

                 

Akihiro
Hamajima(M1)

                 

4

                 

Maya
Matsuura(M1)

                 

5

                 

Yuki
Tsuchiya(B4)

                 

1

                 

Risa
Nishihata(B4)

                 

2

                 

Shunsuke
Hanai(B4)

                 

3

                 

Kaito
Mishina(B4)

                 

4

                 

Masahiro
Yamada(B4)

                 

5

           

GRADUATES

2020 Academic year D3:one students M2:six students B4:four students
2019 Academic year M2:six students B4:four students
2018 Academic year D3:one students M2:three students B4:six students
2017 Academic year D3:two students M2:six students B4:five students
2016 Academic year M2:six students B4:five students
2015 Academic year M2:four students B4:six students
2014 Academic year M2:five students B4:seven students
2013 Academic year M2:six students B4:two students
2012 Academic year B4:two students

EMPLOYED AT(in alphabetical order)

Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. / Bridgestone Corporation / Canon Inc. / CHUBU Electric Power Co., Inc. / Daido Steel Co. / DENSO Corp. / DMG Mori Seiki Co., Ltd. / Fanuc Corp. / Hankyu Hanshin Holdings,Inc. / Honda Motor Co., Ltd. / Hoshizaki electric Co., Ltd. / IBIDEN Co., Ltd. / IHI Corp. / LIXIL Corp. / Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. / Mitsubishi Motors Co. / Nippon Sharyo Ltd. / Nippon Telegraph and Telephone West Corp. / Noritake Co., Ltd. / Rinnai Corp. / Panasonic Corp. / SoftBank Corp. / Toho Gas Co., Ltd. / Toyo Denki Seizo K.K. / Toyota Motor Corp.

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Building 5. of Graduate School of Engineering Furo-chou, Chikusa ku, Nagoya city, Aichi 464-8603

Nagoya University Graduate School of Engineering Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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