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Phase Interface Science for Highly Efficient Energy Utilization

Research Supervisor
Nobuhide Kasagi (Professor, The University of Tokyo)
Deputy Research Supervisor
Kazuhito Hashimoto (Professor, The University of Tokyo)
Year Started


The primary goal of this research area is to greatly advance fundamental science and technology, which include exploration of phase-interfacial energy conversion/transport phenomena and creation of high-performance phase interfaces, in order to achieve ever more efficient energy utilization and thus to realize an enriched sustainable society.
Specifically, we take up the challenge of creating phase interfaces with significantly reduced energy losses and/or those for highly efficient energy use by deepening fundamental theory and control/optimization methodology of phase interface phenomena. To accomplish these goals, it is indispensible to establish analytical and design techniques integrating nano-, meso- and macro-scales, as well as theoretical methods for the control and optimization of phase interface structures. Furthermore, it is important that the results of such cutting edge fundamental research should be transferred and effectively applied to the design of real equipment and systems, leading to dramatically improved performance, reduced carbon emissions and lower costs.
The ultimate goal of this research area, therefore, is to elucidate energy conversion and transport mechanisms at phase interfaces in order to enable highly efficient energy use; to develop measurement, modeling and simulation methods for integrative analysis and design of phase interface phenomena at multiple scales; to establish mathematical methods for the control and optimization of phase interface structures; and to realize highly functional phase interfaces that allow for theoretically possible maximal performance in actual devices and equipment. To meet these goals, we encourage integrated challenges that go beyond the bounds of existing scientific disciplines and combine the knowledge gained in different fields.

Strategic Sector

To realize breakthroughs in phase-interface phenomena and create basic technologies for high-functionality interface that will result in dramatic advancements in highly-efficient energy utilization

Research Projects

Year Started : 2011
Research DirectorAffiliationResearch Project
Tatsuya Kawada Professor, Tohoku University Interface-region engineering of high-temperature electrodes based on in-situ measurements under real operation conditions.
Michihisa Koyama Professor, Kyushu University Multi-Scale and Multi-Physics Approach for Designing Materials and Microstructure of Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Electrodes
Yasuyuki Takata Professor, Kyushu University Interfacial Meta-Fluidics
Kunio Takayanagi Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology Nanocycle at Nano-in-Macro Interface
Chen Mingwei Professor, Tohoku University Interface science inspired nanoporous composites for next-generation energy devices
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