Water Frontier Science & Technology Research Center
“Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Water on Materials’ Surfaces and Interfaces” founded by the private school research branding program
organized by The Ministry of Education, Culture Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) Japan in 2016
Water Frontier Science & Technology Research Center

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Department of Chemistry,
Faculty of Science Division I

Hiroharu Yui

由井 宏治

The W-FST Center was established at the Research Institute for Science & Technology (RIST), Tokyo University of Science (TUS) with the support of a Private University Research Branding Project organized by MEXT, Japan in 2016. Water ubiquitously exists in our environment and also on the surfaces of both natural and industrial materials’ that are strongly correlated with our daily life and industrial activities. Water on material surfaces plays a crucial role in inducing the functional properties of materials and in the efficient operation of machinery and transport systems. At the W-FST Center, we aim to broaden our scientific knowledge of water on material surfaces ranging from the nanometer to micrometer scales by investing the specific structures and functions of water through collaboration among researchers in the physics, chemistry, biology, materials science, and mechanical engineering fields. We also aim to apply state-of-the-art science to the development of new materials for energy-saving and biomedical uses to promote energy conservation and a society characterized by longevity, friendly to both the environment and human life.

Various fields of research


Various fields of research

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Director
Professor: Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science Division I

Hiroharu Yui

由井宏治

Development of spectroscopic and imaging techniques for heterogeneous systems such as surfaces, interfaces, and nanospaces

Laser spectroscopy
Microscopic imaging
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Vice-Director
Professor: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science Division I

Yoshikazu Homma

本間芳和

Study on the water surrounding and inside carbon nanotubes and graphene

Water in nanospaces of nanocarbon materials
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Group leader
Professor: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Shinya Sasaki

佐々木信也

In situ measurements on behavior of molecular adsorption and chemical reactions on frictional surfaces and evaluation of mechanical properties on the surfaces

Tribology
Surface properties
Metal 3D printing
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Deputy-Group Leader
Associate Professor: Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science Division I

Tetsuaki Itou

伊藤哲明

Dynamics measurements of water molecules confined in nanospaces by NMR method

NMR(nuclear magnetic resonance)
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Professor: Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science Division I

Makoto Tadokoro

田所誠

Ionic conduction, ionic transport, and gas occlusion in water clusters inside low-dimensional molecular nanopores

Methane hydrate
Nanofluidics
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Professor: Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology

Hideki Sakai

酒井秀樹

Evaluation of the properties of water in nano-scaled regions and development of nanomaterials through use of the water

Interfacial chemistry
Surfactants
Nano-tribology
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Associate Professor: Department of Physics, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University

Hiroshi Matsui

松井広志

Utilization of discarded biological matters as functional materials such as fuel cells

Proton conduction
Electrolytes for fuel cells
Gas occlusion
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University

Hirofumi Daiguji

大宮司啓文

Control of heat, matters, and charges in nano-scaled regions

Adsorption and transport phenomena inside nanospaces
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Group leader
Professor: Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science Division I

Hidenori Otsuka

大塚英典

Study on the hydration at interfaces between biomedical implant materials and biological tissues

Colloidal and interfacial chemistry
Biocompatible polymers
Biomaterials
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Deputy-Group Leader
Junior Associate Professor: Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science Division I

Yutaka Sumino

住野豊

Study on the self-organization phenomena and dissipative structures in nature and engineering process

Non-equilibrium soft matter
Dissipative structures
Self-organization
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Professor: Department of Industrial Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering

Mineo Hashizume

橋詰峰雄

Study on the formation process of biological ceramics based on water and its application to the development of tissue-engineered materials

Organic-inorganic hybrid
Biomaterials
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Group leader
Professor: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology

Ichiro Ueno

上野一郎

Understanding of flow ranging from microscales to macroscales based on the research of “dynamic wetting”

Wetting
Surface tension
Heat and matter transport
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Deputy-Group Leader
Associate Professor: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology

Takahiro Tsukahara

塚原隆裕

Understanding and control of fluid and flow phenomena by large-scale simulation

Thermofluid dynamics
CFD
Turbulent flow
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Professor: Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science Division I

Koichi Tsukiyama

築山光一

Contribution to material sciences through use of infrared free electron laser (FEL-TUS)

Laser spectroscopy
Dynamics of excited states
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Group leader
Associate Professor: Department of Electrical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Takahiro Yamamoto

山本貴博

Simulation of microscopic structures, properties, and functions of water on materials’ surfaces

Simulation of microscopic structures and properties of water on surfaces
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Deputy-Group Leader
Junior Associate Professorr: Department of Applied Electronics, Faculty of Industrial Science and Technology

Tadashi Ando

安藤格士

Molecular modelling and simulation of soft matters such as biopolymers

Molecular dynamics
Brownian dynamics
Coarse-grained modeling
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Associate Professor: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

Yasutaka Yamaguchi

山口康隆

Analysis of solid/liquid interfaces by molecular simulation, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics

Wetting
Fluid mechanics
Molecular simulation
Heat
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Group leader
Associate Professor: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Masahiro Motosuke

元祐昌廣

Control of Interfacial flow and particle behavior in micro/nanoscale and development of their measurement methods

Microfluidics
Interfacial flow
Micro- and nano-devices
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Professor: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science Division I

Fiji Tokunaga

徳永英司

Electro-, magneto-, and photoexcited absorption spectra; Live cell absorbance spectral imaging; Light-induced force; Plasmon

Optical properties of condensed matter
Nonlinear spectroscopy
Photothermal spectroscopy
Green alga cell
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Professor: Department of Industrial Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering

Takeshi Kawai

河合武司

Control of self-propelled behavior of metal nanoparticles-regioselectively supported polymer particles

Colloidal and interfacial chemistry
Nanomaterial chemistry
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Research Professor: Advanced Ultrafast Laser Research Center, The University of Electro-Communications

Takayoshi Kobayashi

小林孝嘉

Biophotonics and optical applications

Ultrashort pulse laser
Super-resolution photothermal microscopy
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Group leader
Professor: Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science Division I

Izumi Nakai

中井泉

Characterization of water resources throughout the country for provenance analysis of foods, elucidation of production area of woods, and analysis of cultural properties

X-ray analysis
ICP-MS
On site analysis
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Deputy-Group Leader
Associate Professorr: Department of Materials Science and Technology, Faculty of Industrial Science and Technology

Masato Kotsugi

小嗣真人

Study on electronic states on solid surfaces and solid/liquid interfaces by Synchrotron radiation

Synchrotron radiation
Micro-spectroscopy
Surface・interface
Operando analysis
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Associate Professor: Research Institute for Science and Technology Photocatalysis International Research Center

Chiaki Terashima

寺島千晶

Material synthesis and transformation by water plasma and solution plasma

Water plasma
Photocatalysis
Diamond
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Professor: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science Division I

Kazuhiko Mirura

三浦和彦

Observation of formation of clouds in urban air and mountain air

Influence of ambient aerosol on climate
Field observation
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Professor: Department of Physical Electronics and Informatics, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka City University

Tatsuru Shirafuji

白藤立

Development of new methods for formation of solution plasma for highly efficient degradation of persistent substances and for synthesis of novel materials

Plasma
In solution
Organics decomposition
Water clarification
Synthesis
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Deputy-Group Leader
Junior Associate Professor: Department of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science Division I

Yutaka Sumino

住野豊

Study on the self-organization phenomena and dissipative structures in nature and engineering process

Non-equilibrium soft matter
Dissipative structures
Self-organization
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Professor: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University

Hirofumi Daiguji

大宮司啓文

Control of heat, matters, and charges in nano-scaled regions

Adsorption and transport phenomena inside nanospaces
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Deputy-Group Leader
Associate Professor: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology

Takahiro Tsukahara

塚原隆裕

Understanding and control of fluid and flow phenomena by direct numerical simulation with supercomputer

Thermofluid dynamics
CFD
Turbulent flow
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Professor: Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science Division I

Koichi Tsukiyama

築山光一

Contribution to material sciences through use of infrared free electron laser (FEL-TUS)

Laser spectroscopy
Excited state dynamics
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Director
Professor: Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science Division I

Hiroharu Yui

由井宏治

Development of spectroscopic and imaging techniques for heterogeneous systems such as surfaces, interfaces, and nanospaces

Laser spectroscopy
Microscopic imaging
Created with Sketch.
Vice-Director
Professor: Department of Physics, Faculty of Science Division I

Yoshikazu Homma

本間芳和

Study on the water surrounding and inside carbon nanotubes and graphene

Water in nanospaces of nanocarbon materials

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