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"Hokkaido shape produced with nanoparticles" Transmission Electron Microscope micrograph

Laboratory of Novel Materials Hybrid Engineering

FRONT MESSAGE

The objective of our laboratory is to help motivated students (YOU!) spread your own wings and fly high in your future. Your wings are your academic skills!

In this Novel Materials Hybrid Engineering Laboratory, we are engaged in the challenging study of creating hybrid materials, or so called nano-composite materials, and exploring their application potentials. By nano-composite materials, we mean hybrid materials that are produced by combining metals or metal oxides with carbon, semiconductors, organic molecules, macromolecules, or the like.

To fabricate a new hybrid material, we need to have broad knowledges about the surfaces and interfaces of the ingredients and should be able to control them. The important materials investigated here are nanomaterials and nanoparticle materials, whose properties are strongly affected by their surface structures and compositions. We are always thinking about surfaces and interfaces and creating new materials by combining materials with different characteristics.

In our studies, we often encounter problems that cannot be solved using only in-depth knowledge in one field. We are required to have a wide range of knowledge about various types of materials and expertise in analytical methods to develop a solid understanding and combine this knowledge to create new materials. However, we are not obsessed only with the “creation of materials”. We think that we should not focus entirely on making materials. We live in an era where parts or material makers are disposable. We aim to study materials with a focus on their applications and usages, as well as exploring new ways of utilizing them. We also want to incorporate a backcasting-type approach rather than a forecasting-type one to create new materials. With this aim in mind, we are committed to help our students built fundamental knowledge as well as abilities to apply it.

As important as it is to be passionate about studying one area, we also need people who are interested in various areas and who are capable of combining knowledge from various fields. The staff in our laboratory do not value one more than the other.

We also nurture students who excel in digging deeply into one area; this type of education has produced graduates who are already playing major roles in both academia and industry. We are confident that our education and research activities are capable of fostering excellent experts. Meanwhile, we also believe that society is in need more than ever of those who are capable of combining various elements. This need is demonstrated by the fact that our graduates receive job offers faster than most other students in the department. It is the “hybrid” people who can create hybrid materials, and we are trying to foster such “hybrid” talent.

We welcome you to join us and study with us.

We welcome professionals who seek the doctorate degree as well as students from abroad.

We welcome anyone who is motivated, regardless of age, nationality, race, and sex, including working adults who seek a doctoral degree and students from foreign countries. Our door is always open. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any inquiries.