List of potential supervisors who are open to accepting international students

2020 List of potential supervisors who are open to accepting international students

Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering (IGSES), Kyushu University,
March-16, 2018

Department of Molecular and Material Sciences

Prof. Seigi Mizuno
Research fields: Surface Science, Nanoscience
Key words: Surface structure determination, Growth of surface materials, Fabrication of atomically sharpened tips, Low-energy electron diffraction, Scanning tunneling microscopy, Field ion microscopy
Potential research
themes:
1. Growth and structural analysis of new surface materials using low-energy electron diffraction.
2. Development of a new low-energy electron diffraction apparatus using field-emission gun.
Required knowledge and skills: Fundamental knowledge of surface science or solid state physics.
Assoc. Prof. Takeshi Nakagawa
Research fields: Surface and thin film science
Key words: Low dimensional nano structure, Magnetism (high coercivity, anisotropy), Magnetic Microscope, Photoelectron, Scanning tunneling microscope, Low energy electron diffraction, Synchrotron radiation
Potential research
themes:
1. Novel magnetic, electronic properties of nano structures
2. Instrumental development based on photoemission
Required knowledge and skills: Successful candidate should have a background with at least  one of the following fields: Solid state physics (chemistry), Inorganic chemistry, Physical chemistry
Applicants who want to be supervised by this professor MUST contact directly with the professor by email to ask for an invitation letter.
Prof. Yuriko Aoki
Research fields: Theoretical and Computational Chemistry
Key words: Functional polymers and materials with conducting, magnetic and NLO properties, Biosystems like DNA and proteins, Electronic states, Dynamics, Elongation method, Organic reaction analysis
Potential research
themes:
1. Functional analysis for novel material design in polymers/crystals by theoretical and computational chemistry
2. Program development for functional analysis and linear scaling ab initio method
Required knowledge and skills: Fundamental knowledge on quantum chemistry
Skills of operating Unix and programming by Fortran language
Applicants who want to be supervised by this professor MUST contact directly with the professor by email to ask for an invitation letter.
Assoc. Prof. Maiko Nishibori
Research fields: Functional Inorganic Materials, Analysis by synchrotron radiation
Key words: functional materials, ceramics, processing and fabrication of ceramics materials and devices, synchrotron radiation, X-ray absorption fine structure, sensors, environmental technology
Potential research themes “Nano-meso-macro” hierarchically controlled synthesis and fabrication of inorganic materials and devices
Application of synchrotron-based analytical technique
Required knowledge and skills Fundamental knowledge of physical, inorganic and catalytic chemistry
Skills of basic chemical experiments and instrumental analysis
Only applicants recommended by a researcher who is acquainted with this professor will be considered for the acceptance as Ph.D candidates.
Prof. Hideharu Nakashima
Research fields: Structural Materials Science
Key words: High-temperature deformation mechanism of crystalline materials; Grain boundary structure in crystalline materials and their mechanical properties; Crystal orientation analysis and applications for structural materials
Only applicants recommended by a researcher who is acquainted with this professor will be considered for the acceptance as Ph.D candidates.
Assoc. Prof. Masatoshi Mitsuhara
Research fields: Microstructure and mechanical property in metals and alloys
Key words: Steel, Ni-based alloy, Ti-based alloy, Elastic and plastic deformation, High temperature deformation (Creep), Strengthening mechanism, Grain boundary, Precipitation, SEM, TEM, Crystal orientation analysis, Tomography
Potential research
themes:
1. Development of advanced heat-resistant steels and alloys.
2. Creep life assessment of heat resistant alloys using microstructural analysis.
3. Development of 3D quantitative evaluation methods using electron microscopy.
Required knowledge and skills: Fundamental knowledge on metallurgy, crystallography, and dislocation theory.
Prof. Akira Harata
Research fields: Analytical chemistry and physical chemistry
Key words: Analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, laser chemistry, synchrotron radiation chemistry, and their applications to methodology for ultrasensitive and high performance analysis.
Potential research
themes:
1. Application of analytical methods, especially laser- or synchrotron-based ones.
2. Development or improvement of new apparatus for laser-based analytical equipments: i.e., fluorescence,
photothermal, photoionization, harmonic generation, etc.   
3. Development or improvement of synchrotron-based analytical techniques:  i.e., XAFS, SAXS, correlation
spectroscopy etc.
Required knowledge and skills: Fundamental knowledge on analytical and physical chemistry
Skills for safely treating chemicals.  
Applicants who want to be supervised by this professor MUST contact directly with the professor by email to ask for an invitation letter
Prof. Yoichiro Kuninobu
Research fields: Synthetic organic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, and materials chemistry
Key words: Catalyst, synthetic organic reaction, organic functional material, C-H activation, -conjugated molecule, polymer
Potential research
themes:
1. Creation of high-performance catalysts
2. Development of novel and practical synthetic organic reactions 
3. Creation of novel organic functional materials
Required knowledge and skills: Fundamental knowledge on organic chemistry
Skills for safely treating chemicals
Assoc. Prof. Akihiro Yabushita
Research fields: Physical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Atmospheric Chemistry, Astrochemistry
Key words: Laser spectroscopy, Mass spectrometry, Reaction mechanism, Photodissociation dynamics, Aerosol, Interstellar ice mantle
Potential research
themes:
1. Heterogeneous reactions on the surface of water or ice
2. Photochemistry of ice at low temperatures
Required knowledge and skills: Fundamental knowledge of physical chemistry, especially spectroscopy
Skills of performing chemical experiments in safety
Applicants who want to be supervised by this professor MUST contact directly with the professor by email to ask for an invitation letter.
Assoc. Prof. Arihiro Kano
Research Fields: Molecular Cell Biology, Material Biology
Key words: Biological active substance, Cell immunology, Cancer or Tumor, Apoptosis, Peptide
Potential research
Themes:
1. Exploration of middle molecular mass substances for immunological regulation
2. Development of new concept for bioactive substances based on glycoamino acids
Required knowledge
and skills:
Motivation and Intention
Prof. Shiyoshi Yokoyama
Research Fields: Polymer photonics, optical device, optical communications
Key words: Polymer, nonlinear optics, electro-optics, waveguide, optical modulator, optical switching, optical sensing, silicon, silicon nitride, telecommunication, high-bandwidth, 
Potential research
themes:
1. Polymer waveguide device for modulator and swithicng
2. Synthesis of optical polymers
3. Polymer and silicon hybrid waveguide
Required knowledge
and skills:
Fundamental knowledge of chemistry and physics
Assoc. Prof. Yoshiaki Takahashi
Research fields: Basic physical properties of polymers, Rheological properties of soft matter
Key words: natural polymers, model synthetic polymers, molecular characterization, hierarchical structure viscoelastic properties
Required knowledge and skills: Fundamental knowledge of chemistry, polymer science and/or soft matter
Only applicants recommended by a researcher who is acquainted with this professor will be considered for the acceptance as Ph.D candidates.
Prof. Takeshi Yanagida
Research fields: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Material Science,
Material Chemistry, Physics and Engineering, Nano-electronics
Key words: Nanomaterials, Nanodevices, Green Innovation and Life Innovation
Potential research
themes:
1. Designing Nanomaterials at Single Atom and Molecule Level via Nanoscience
2. Studying Intrinsic Physical Properties of Single Crystalline Nanomaterials utilizing Nanotechnology
3. Developing Novel Nano-Devices for Human Health Monitoring utilizing Nanoscale Engineering
Required knowledge and skills: Fundamental knowledge on material science including chemistry, physics and engineering or electrical engineering
Skills for safely treating chemicals or electrical tools.
Prof. Hiroki Ago
Research fields: Synthesis, characterization, and applications of graphene and related two-dimensional nanomaterials
Key words: Graphene, inorganic nanosheets, transition metal dichalcogenides, carbon nanotubes, chemical vapor deposition, crystal growth, field-effect transistors, flexible electronics, energy-related applications
Potential research
themes:
We are studying growth methods of novel nanomaterials, such as graphene, two-dimensional atomically-thin sheets (transition metal dichalcogenides, h-BN), and carbon nanotubes. We are also investigating physical/chemical properties of these materials and apply them to electronics and energy related fields, such as field-effect transistors, flexible devices, and solar cells.
Required knowledge and skills: Fundamental knowledge of chemistry, physics, and materials science.
Applicants who want to be supervised by this professor MUST contact directly with the professor by email to ask for an invitation letter
Assoc.Prof. Takahiro Endoh
Research fields: Ocean Dynamics
Key words: Microstructure measurements, numerical experiments, turbulent mixing, tidal straining, turbulent kinetic energy budget, bottom Ekman layer, Kuroshio, baroclinic instability, and meridional overturning circulation
Potential research
themes:
1. Turbulent mixing in the bottom boundary layer
2. Dynamics of the Kuroshio meander
Required knowledge and skills: 1. Background in physical oceanography and/or fluid mechanics
2. Programming skills in Fortran and MATLAB
3. Willingness to participate in a research cruise