Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

43Applied Molecular ChemistryMetal and metal oxide nanomaterials for our daily lifeDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsIn our laboratory, we are studying materials science that contributes to energy and environmental matters. One of the central issues in nanotechnology research is the fabrication of metal oxide nanomaterials whose shape and size is controlled. This is important as the chemical and physical properties of the nanomaterials are highly dependent on their structures. Furthermore, we are preparing many types of nanoporous metals to be used as efficient heterogeneous catalysts for various kinds of material transformations.Naoki AsaoProfessorProfessor Asao joined the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University in 2016 after working at Tohoku University. His principal area of research is materials science, based organic chemistry, catalytic science, and metallurgy.Recently, we have developed a new method to fabricate ultrane metal oxide nanomaterials that is based on a dealloying method. The nanomaterials exhibit remarkable chemical properties that can be used in a variety of research elds.Outlook for researchMany graduates go on to graduate school and get positions in a broad range of research areas in chemical companies.Outlook for students after graduationNanoporous gold as a heterogeneous catalyst for molecular transformationsA transmission electron micrograph of titanate nanowiresA high-resolution transmission electron micrograph of cerium oxide nanorodsApplied Molecular ChemistryFabricating novel functional materials by utilizing the diversity of carbon materialsDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsI am working to tap the diversity of carbon materials and create new materials that are useful for human society. Lithium-ion secondary batteries (LIBs) are useful power sources for mobile phones and laptop computers, and there is an intensive effort underway to develop them for use in plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and electric vehicles. In addition to a diverse range of roles in LIBs, carbon materials can play a key role in composite materials such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is used in aircraft structural components.Fujio OkinoProfessorProfessor Okino took his current position after working as a senior assistant professor and associate professor at Shinshu University. His principal areas of research include structures, properties, and applications of carbon materials such as graphite, carbon ber, nanodiamonds, carbon nanotubes, fullerenes, and graphene.A scanning electron micrograph of a diamond lm grown by chemical vapor deposition using nanodiamonds as seed crystalsA scanning electron micrograph of submicron carbon bersA transmission electron micrograph of a multi-layer carbon nanotubeSubmicron carbon bers are prepared using the electrospinning method and used as a host material in the anodes and/or as a conductive material in anodes and/or cathodes of LIBs to enhance capacity as well as cycle and high-rate performance. Nano-carbons such as nanodiamonds and carbon nanotubes are used as llers in metal or plastic hosts to enhance mechanical strength and thermal and electrical conductivity.Outlook for researchGraduates can pursue careers at chemical, electrical, material, and textile companies.Outlook for students after graduation20 nm


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