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Division of Materials Science

Course TitleSubject TitleFacultyResearch Contents
Inorganic and Metallic Functional Materials Inorganic / composite materials special practice Prof. Shiomi Kikuchi
Prof. Jun Matsuoka
Asst. Prof. Hiroshi Miyamura
Asst. Prof. Akira Kojima
Junya Kondoh
Metallic materials field Research on the higher functionality and properties of metallic materials by nano/meso-structure control and application, for example, highly laminated materials, nanostructured materials, crystalline alignment control materials, surface modification by plasma nitridation, hydrogen storage alloy using hydrogen, cell materials, and energy related materials such as hydrogen separation membrane.
Ceramic material field For various glass and monocrystal ceramics, research on synthesis including the development of new synthesis methods has been conducted. Based on inorganic chemistry and solid state physics, and by studying structure, phase transition/crystallization behavior, measures to enhance the quality of materials have been explored through the analysis of correlation in properties such as dynamics characteristics and thermal properties.
Materials science special research Prof. Shiomi Kikuchi
Asst. Prof. Hiroshi Miyamura
Properties of Polymers and Composites Inorganic / composite materials special practice Asst. Prof. Kenji Kikuchi Polymer and interface science field
Polymer and interface science field, which covers the synthesis of radical polymerization new block polymer, functional PVA, various PVA and polymer microsphere using functional polymer as protective colloid, and the applied electrochemistry field, which covers ionic conductive ceramic thin film made by vapor deposition, and precise polymerization by alkaline ion water and ph control have been research topics.
Polymer properties field
Basic properties of polymer materials, structure (from chemical structure to higher order structure) and properties of polymer have been particularly studied. We are, therefore, trying to create newly functioning materials (low temperature, environment conscious, electron, optical materials, etc.). Research applications in the design of composite materials and applied research on response performance of handiworks have also been implemented.
Polymer / environmental materials special practice Prof. Akira Tanaka
Lecturer Yoshihiro Yamashita
Lecturer Katsuhisa Tokumitsu
Materials science special research Prof. Akira Tanaka
Polymer and Environment Chemistry Polymer / environmental materials special practice Prof. Hideo Hirohara
Asst. Prof. Yoshiaki Shimizu
Asst. Prof. Yoshinori Inoue
Asst. Prof. Mitsunobu Kitamura
Lecturer Satoshi Tanimoto
Polymer materials chemistry field
This field has developed catalyst and polymerization which synthesize polymer with precisely controlled structure, has synthesized new liner and multi branched polymers with the chemical reactions of natural polymer such as chitin, and has researched the molecular recognition on biomimetic of the polymers and advanced function useful for environmental conservation.
Environmental materials science field
The basis and application of biodegradable organic polymer with super function produced by microorganism found in Shiga Prefecture and surrounding area and new microorganism enzyme which has superior asymmetric synthesis function and a few microorganism enzymes important for practical use and ability to hydrolyze low degradablity polymer have been research topics by combining various methods.
Materials for environmental improvement field
Research has been conducted on recycling technology of polymer materials for environmental conservation and effective use of resources; the prevention of soil-borne diseases for agricultural crops without disturbing ecosystem by using polymer materials that can capture microorganisms alive; and the effective use of ferrite sludge generated from treatment of experimental wastewater.
Materials science special research Prof. Hideo Hirohara


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