[Nanomechanics] Elucidation of macroscale mechanical properties based on understanding nanoscale dynamics for innovative mechanical materials

Strategic Objective

Elucidation of mechanical properties based on an understanding of nanoscale dynamics

Research Supervisor


Kohzo Ito (Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo)


 In this research area, we aim at the development of the technology to analyze and evaluate the motions of atoms and molecules in materials or on surfaces, the structural and chemical changes of microstructures, and other nanoscale dynamics. Thus, our purpose is to find the governing factors that determine the mechanical properties on the macroscale, to elucidate the mechanisms of their actions, and to find a principle or establish a guideline to design innovative mechanical materials with new mechanical properties in order to develop the material technology and to contribute to the realization of a society in which sustainable new industries are created. Specific research areas include elucidation of new mechanical properties and the mechanisms of mechanical properties such as adhesiveness, friction, wear, deterioration, and destruction of the metal, inorganic, organic, and their composite materials as well as the development of the measurement and multi-scale simulation technologies on site for the visualization of the nanoscale dynamics and chemical changes on the nanoscale necessary for the abovementioned areas.

 By integrating the knowledge acquired from the multilateral cooperation in each type of research area and from each type of material, such as metal, inorganic, organic, and composite materials, we construct a common scientific principle that is not dependent on the material types and elucidate the mechanisms of the mechanical properties of each material type or any specific material that has never been explained yet. In addition, we cope with the creation of guidelines of material design with new mechanical functions and the materials that break though the trade-off limitation in mechanical properties.

Research Area Advisors

Susumu Okazaki Project Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Kazue Kurihara Professor, New Industry Creation Hatchery Center, Tohoku University
Tatsuya Kawada Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University
Yoshihito Kawamura Director, Magnesium Research Center, Kumamoto University
Takayuki Kitamura Executive Vice-President, Kyoto University
Jian Ping Gong Professor, Faculty of Advanced Life Science, Hokkaido University
Yoshio Sakka Associate General Manager, Global Program Office, National Institute for Materials Science
Atsushi Takahara Research Professor, Research Center for Negative Emission Technology, Kyushu University
Hisao Takeuchi Project Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Sadao Nishikiori Chief R&D Engineer, Corporate R&D, IHI
Yoko Mitarai Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Research Projects

  1. Year Started : 2019
  2. Year Started : 2020
  3. Year Started : 2021

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