[Nanomechanics] Nanoengineering on Mechanical Functions of Materials

Strategic Objective

Elucidation of mechanical properties based on an understanding of nanoscale dynamics

Research Supervisor


Takayuki Kitamura (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University)


 In this research area, for realizing super-smart, sustainable, and well-provided societies, we aim at the establishment of principles in designing materials of high performance by understanding the mechanisms and mechanics/dynamics of mechanical properties on the nanometer scale. This leads to the eminent advancement of mechanical functions and creation of new functions (nanoengineering) in facilities and devices.

 We investigate the governing factors and the mechanisms of mechanical properties (strength) on the nanoscale in various solid materials (metallic, inorganic, organic materials and so on) and try to improve the functions. Furthermore, our research area includes the creation of new functions due to the interaction between mechanical properties and other physical ones (thermal property, magnetism, conductivity, etc.). Here, the focus must be put on the mechanical ones in this area. For these purposes, it is necessary to develop in situ observation/measurement technique on the mechanical experiments, modeling methodology and calculation technique. The advancement strongly contributes on the analysis and evaluation for the development of fundamental concept on the mechanics/dynamics on the nanoscale and for the elucidation of various properties from nanomaterials to macromaterials. Moreover, we aim at acquiring the principles of material design that lead to a highly functional application and to the creation of new functions as an achievement of our fundamental research.

 We contribute to construct a universal scientific concept in nanomechanics /nanodynamics of materials as a new field through integrating the research areas characterized by physics and chemistry as well as by mechanical engineering and materials engineering.

Research Area Advisors

Masahiro Arai Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University
Yuichi Ikuhara Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Kohzo Ito Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Tomio Iwasaki Chief Researcher, R&D Group, Hitachi, Ltd.
Jinichiro Kato Senior Managing Exective, Fuji Office, ASAHI KASEI CORPORATION
Takayuki Kurimura Research Manager, Research & Innovation Center, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Kazuyuki Shizawa Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University
Yoji Shibutani Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
Kaneaki Tsuzaki Invited Resercher, Research Center for Structural Materials, National Institute for Materials Science
Shinji Nishiwaki Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
Tomoko Hirayama Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
Naoko Yoshie Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
Katsuhisa Tanaka Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University

Research Projects

  1. Year Started : 2019

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