Plenary Lecture
  • Yoichiro Matsumoto

    President, Tokyo University of Science(TUS)

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    Dr. Matsumoto received his Doctoral degrees from the University of Tokyo in Mechanical Engineering in 1977. He became Lecturer of the same University in 1977, Associate Professor in 1978 and Professor in 1992. He served as Dean of School of Engineering from 2006 to 2008, and served as Executive Vice President from 2009 to 2015. He is now Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo. His scientific interests are computational engineering, fluids engineering and biomedical engineering. He received the following awards; ASME Calvin W. Rice Lecture Award in 2005, JSME Medals for Outstanding Paper, JSME Fluids Engineering Award, JACM Award for Computational Mechanics in 2007, APACM Award for Computational Mechanics in 2010, ASME Ted Belytschko Applied Mechanics Award in 2010, JSME Medal for Outstanding Paper in 2011 and JSMF Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. He served as President of JSFM in 2004, President of VSJ in 2007 and President of JSME in 2010. He is honorary members of VSJ and JSME and Life Time Member of ASME.

    1. S.Takagi, Y.Matsumoto, “Surfactant Effects on Bubble Motion and Bubbly Flows”, Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics, Vol.43, pp615-636, 2011
    2. Y.Matsumoto, J.S.Allen, S.Yoshizawa, T.Ikeda, Y.Kaneko, “Medical ultrasound with microbubbles”, Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science 29, pp255-265, 2005
    3. T.Sugii, S.Takagi, Y.Matsumoto, “A molecular-dynamics study of lipid bilayers: effects of the hydrocarbon chain length on permeability”, J.chem.phys.,123(18), 184714, 2005
    4. F.Takemura, S.Takagi, J.Magnaudet, Y.Matsumoto, “Drag and lift forces on a bubble rising near a vertical wall in a viscous liquid”, J. Fluid Mech., vol.461, pp277-300, 2002
    5. M.Kameda, N.Shimamura, F.Higashino, Y.Matsumoto, “Shock waves in a uniform bubbly flow”, Physics of Fluids, Vol.10 No.10, pp2661-2668, 1998

  • Yoshikazu Homma

    W-FST Center & Division of Nanocarbon Research(TUS), Professor, Tokyo University of Science

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    My research profession is nano-surface science using electron microscopy and optical spectroscopy. My research interest is to investigate the low dimensional water confined by carbon nanotubes or graphene. In particular, we use single-walled carbon nanotubes suspended between micro-pillars not only to confine water on the surface or in the nanospace of the tube, but also to perform resonant spectroscopy utilizing the 1D electronic structure of nanotube. We are also working on the thermal property measurements of carbon nanotubes using photoluminescence imaging spectroscopy.

    [1] Y. Homma et al. “Photoluminescence measurements and molecular dynamics simulations of water adsorption on the hydrophobic surface of a carbon nanotube in water vapor”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 (2013) 157402
    [2] S. Chiashi, Y. H. et al. “Adsorption Effects on Radial Breathing Mode of Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes”, Phys. Rev. B 91 (2015) 155415
    [3] T. Koyama, Y. H. et al. “Effect of interfacial water formed between graphene and SiO2/Si substrate” Appl. Phys. Express 10 (2017) 075102
    [4] K. Yoshino, Y. H. et al. “Temperature distribution and thermal conductivity measurements of chirality-assigned single-walled carbon nanotubes by photoluminescence imaging spectroscopy” ACS Omega, 3 (2018) 4352–4356 

Invited speaker
  • Diwakar Venkatesan

    DiwakarVenkatesan Nehru Center for Advanced Scientific Research, India

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    My research activities at JNCASR encompass both experimental and numerical/theoretical aspects of multiphase flows. In particular, my focus is on understanding the evolution of different types of hydrodynamic instabilities such as Rayleigh-Bénard-Marangoni convection [1] and Faraday instability [2] in micro-gravity conditions. In addition, our group focuses on acousto-fluidic interactions and complex fluids. We also actively work on the development of new computational algorithms for accurately predicting multiphase flows [3].

    [1] Diwakar S.V., S. Tiwari, Sarit K. Das, and T. Sundararajan, 2014, Stability and resonant wave interactions of confined two-layer Rayleigh-Benard systems, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol. 754, pp. 415-455.
    [2] Diwakar S. V., V. Jajoo, S. Amiroudine, S. Matsumoto, R. Narayanan, and F. Zoueshtiagh, 2017, Confined Faraday waves in the regimes of vanishing capillarity and gravity, Physical Review Fluids (Under Review).
    [3] Diwakar S.V., Sarit K. Das, and T. Sundararajan, 2009, A Quadratic spline based interface (QUASI) reconstruction algorithm for accurate tracking for two-phase flows, Journal of Computational Physics, Vol. 228 (24), pp. 9107-9130.

  • Lizhong Mu

    Lecturer School of Energy and Power Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, China

  • Scope
    Since 2014, I have worked at Dalian University of Technology as a lecturer to study on flow and heat transfer characteristics of complex structures, such as blood flow characteristics of the circle of Willis and aneurysm of brain.
    I had worked on the experimental study of the interaction of liquid film and macroscopic particle during the wetting process at Research Institute for Science and Technology (RIST), Tokyo University of Science (from Nov. 2015 to March 2018).

    [1] L. Mu, D. Kondo, M. Inoue, T. Kaneko, H.N. Yoshikawa, F. Zoueshtiagh & I. Ueno, Sharp acceleration of a macroscopic contact line induced by a particle, J. Fluid Mech. 830, R1, 2017.
    [2] D. Kondo, L. Mu, F. de Miollis, T. Ogawa, M. Inoue, T. Kaneko, T. Tsukahara, H.N. Yoshikawa, F. Zoueshtiagh & I. Ueno, Acceleration of the macroscopic contact line of a droplet spreading on a substrate after interaction with a particle, Int. J. Microgravity Science and Application 34, 340405, 2017.
    [3] L. Mu, H.W. Shao, Y. He, T. Oda & X.M. Jia, Construction of Anatomically Accurate Finite Element Models of the Human Hand and a Rat Kidney. Journal of Mechanics in Medicine and Biology 11, 1141-1164, 2011.

  • Charles Baroud

    Professor Ecole Polytechnique Palaiseau, France & Institut Pasteur Paris, France

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    Charles Baroud did his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin on the statistics of turbulent flows. He then began working in microfluidics as a post-doc at Ecole Normale Supérieure, then as a faculty member at Ecole Polytechnique, both in Paris. At Polytechnique he addressed fundamental questions of multiphase fluid flows, as well as applications of droplet microfluidics to biological questions. This work has led to the publication of over 50 articles in a wide range of journals, as well as 8 patents and the founding of a startup company. Since December 2017, he also leads a research unit at the Institut Pasteur, in Paris, where the group continues to develop microfluidic approaches to problems in microbiology and mammalian cell biology.

    [1] S. Sart, R. F.-X. Tomasi, G. Amselem and C. N. Baroud, Nat. Commun., 2017, 8, 469.
    [2] J. Kim, S. Michelin, M. Hilbers, L. Martinelli, E. Chaudan, G. Amselem, E. Fradet, J.-P. Boilot, A. M. Brouwer, C. N. Baroud, J. Peretti and T. Gacoin, Nat. Nanotechnol., 2017.
    [3] G. Amselem, C. Guermonprez, B. Drogue, S. Michelin and C. N. Baroud, Lab Chip, 2016, 16, 4200–4211.
    [4] N. Taccoen, F. Lequeux, D. Z. Gunes and C. N. Baroud, Phys. Rev. X, 2016, 6, 11010.

  • Georg Dietze

    Research Associate Lab FAST, CNRS/Univ. Paris-Sud

  • Scope
    Momentum and heat transport in falling liquid films
    [Current projects]
    Wavy liquid films in interaction with a confined gas flow
    Wave-induced heat transfer intensification in falling liquid films
    Thermoconvective instabilities in complex fluids

    [1] Georg F. Dietze, On the Kapitza instability and the generation of capillary waves, J. Fluid Mech. 789, 368-401, 2016.
    [2] Georg F. Dietze & Christian Ruyer-Quil, Films in narrow tubes, J. Fluid Mech. 762, 68-109, 2015.
    [3] Georg F. Dietze, W. Rohlfs, K. Nährich, R. Kneer & B. Scheid, Three-dimensional flow structures in laminar falling liquid films, J. Fluid Mech. 743, 75-123, 2014.
    [4] Georg F. Dietze & Christian Ruyer-Quil, Wavy liquid films in interaction with a confined laminar gas flow, J. Fluid Mech. 722, 348-393, 2013.
    [5] Georg F. Dietze, F. Al-Sibai & R. Kneer, Experimental study of flow separation in laminar falling liquid films, J. Fluid Mech. 637, 73-104, 2009.

  • Samy Merabia

    CNRS research scientist, CNRS and Université Lyon 1, France

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    My main research interests are at the frontier between soft condensed matter and material science. I am especially interested in nanoscale heat transfer and friction at solid/fluid interfaces.
    I am trying to understand the microscopic physical mechanisms giving rise to thermal and hydrodynamic interfacial transport.
    Skills and expertise :
    I use mainly molecular dynamics simulations, and to less extent phase field simulations to model transport at interfaces.

    [1] J Lombard, T Biben, S Merabia, « Kinetics of nanobubble generation around overheated nanoparticles », Physical review letters 112 (2014), 105701
    [2] H Han, S Merabia, F Müller-Plathe, « Thermal Transport at Solid–Liquid Interfaces: High Pressure Facilitates Heat Flow through Nonlocal Liquid Structuring », The journal of physical chemistry letters 8 (2017), 1946-1951
    [3] J Lombard, T Biben, S Merabia, « Threshold for Vapor Nanobubble Generation Around Plasmonic Nanoparticles », The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121 (2017), 15402-15415
    [4] L Fu, S Merabia, L Joly, « What controls thermo-osmosis? Molecular simulations show the critical role of interfacial hydrodynamics », Physical review letters 119 (2017), 214501

  • Robert W. Carpick

    John Henry Towne Professor and Department Chair University of Pennsylvania

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    I work at the intersection of mechanics, materials, and physics to conduct research into nanotribology (the atomic-scale origins of friction, adhesion, lubrication, and wear), nanomechanics, nanostructured materials, surface science, and scanning probe microscopy (SPM) including in situ methods. My primary focus is on using SPM and other surface science and material characterization techniques to probe the fundamental nature of materials in contact, and to apply the results to applications at the nano, micro, and macroscale. Recently I have focused extensively on the science and technology of ultrahard carbon-based thin films, ultrathin materials such as graphene, the role of environment (water and temperature) and friction and wear, and functional mechanisms of lubricant additives.

    [1] S. Li et al. “The evolving quality of frictional contact with graphene,” Nature 539 (2016) 541-545
    [2] N.N. Gosvami et al “Mechanisms of antiwear tribofilm growth revealed in situ by single-asperity sliding contacts,” Science,348, (2015) 102-106
    [3] C. Greiner et al. “Controlling nanoscale friction through the competition between capillary adsorption and thermally activated sliding,” ACS Nano 6 (2012), 4305-4313

  • Geoff Thornton

    Professor , University College London

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    Linking the crystallography of metal oxide nanostructures with their electronic structure, reactivity, dynamics and functionality in a variety of applications. Nanostructures include defect structures, nanodots and supported metal arrays, created by scanning probe manipulation or self-assembly. More recently we have started to investigate the structure of interfaces between oxide surfaces and aqueous solutions.

    [1] Structure of a model TiO2 photocatalytic interface, H. Hussain, G. Tocci, T. Woolcot, X. Torrelles, C. L. Pang, D. S. Humphrey, C. M. Yim, D. C. Grinter, G. Cabailh, O. Bikondoa, R. Lindsay, J. Zegenhagen, A. Michaelides, G. Thornton, Nature Materials, 16 461-466 (2017). [2] Engineering polarons at a metal oxide surface, C.M. Yim, M.B. Watkins, M.J. Wolf, C.L. Pang, K. Hermansson, G. Thornton, Phys. Rev. Lett. 117 116402 (2016). [3] Diffusion barriers block defect occupation on reduced CeO2(111), P.G. Lustemberg, Y. Pan, B.J. Shaw, D.C. Grinter, C.L. Pang, G. Thornton, R. Perez, M.V. Ganduglia, N. Nilius, Phys. Rev. Lett. 116 236101 (2016).

  • Haruka Kyakuno

    Associate Professor, Kanagawa University

  • Scope
    My research field is materials physics. Currently we are interested to investigate physical properties of water in confinement geometries of carbon nanomaterials. We employ synchrotron x-ray diffraction experiments, NMR measurements, thermal measurements, and molecular dynamics simulations to clarify the structures, dynamics, thermal properties, and phase transitions of water in confinement geometries.

    [1] H. Kyakuno, K. Matsuda, Y. Nakai, R. Ichimura, T. Saito, Y. Miyata, K. Hata, Y. Maniwa. “Rotational dynamics and dynamical transition of water inside hydrophobic pores of carbon nanotubes”, Sci. Rep. 7, (2017) 14834.
    [2] H. Kyakuno, M. Fukasawa, R. Ichimura, K. Matsuda, Y. Nakai, Y. Miyata, T. Saito, Y. Maniwa. “Diameter-dependent hydrophobicity in carbon nanotubes”, J. Chem. Phys. 145, (2016) 064514.
    [3] H. Kyakuno, K. Matsuda, Y. Nakai, T. Fukuoka, Y. Maniwa, H. Nishihara, T. Kyotani. “Amorphous Water in Three-Dimensional Confinement of Zeolite–templated Carbon”, Chem. Phys. Lett. 571, (2013) 54-60.

  • Ken-ichiro Murata

    Assistant Professor Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University, Japan

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    Studies of surface melting of ice have a long history going back to the pioneering idea of Michael Faraday in 1842. However, despite long term efforts lasting more than one century and a half, understanding its underlying mechanism still remains an elusive and challenging research topic. In addition, surface melting of ice is also recognised to be a key player involving various natural phenomena spanning from making snowballs and slippage on ice surfaces to electrification of thunderclouds and the destruction of ozone. Therefore, the importance of the fundamental understanding of surface melting is not limited only to condensed matter physics. In this study, with the aid of a new in-situ approach developed by us, we propose a new scenario of the thermodynamic origin of surface melting on ice crystal.

    [1] K. Murata et al. “Thermodynamic origin of surface melting on ice crystals”Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA. 113 (2016) E6741-E6748
    [2] K. Murata et al. “In situ determination of surface tension-to-shear viscosity ratio for quasiliquid layers on ice crydtal surfaces” Phys. Rev. Lett. 115 (2015) 256103

  • Jun Nakamura

    Professor, Advisor to the president, The University of Electro-Communications (UEC-Tokyo), Japan

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    I have long been interested in atomic level dynamics, electronic states, and physical properties in low dimensional systems such as semiconductor surfaces and van der Waals materials as represented by graphene. My recent major research interest is computational materials design, especially exploring new types of energy conversion materials and catalysts using low-dimensional carbon-based materials.

    [1] Akira Akaishi, Tomohiro Yonemaru, and Jun Nakamura “Formation of Water Layer on Graphene Surfaces” ACS Omega 2, 2184 (2017)

  • Yuki Araki

    Project assistant professor, Kyoto University

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    My reseach interest is function of water in crystal growth and dissolution process. I mainly use frequency modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM) to visualize the solid surfaces and solid-liquid interfaces with atomic/molecular resolution. We recently aim to reveal the mechanism of ion exchange on clay mineral surfaces, the effect of electrolytes on transition of lipid bilayer, and the control of polymorphism of calcium carbonate crystals in biomineralization by nanoscopic in situ observation.

    [1] Y. Araki et al. “Atomic Imaging of Aragonite (001) Surface in Water by FM-AFM” Jpn. J. Appl. Phys. 51(8) (2012) 08KB09
    [2] Y. Araki et al. “Direct Observation of Influence of Additives on Calcite Hydration by Frequency Modulation Atomic Force Microscopy” Cryst. Growth Des. 14 (2014) 6254-6260
    [3] Y. Araki et al. “Localization of cesium on montmorillonite surface investigated by frequency modulation atomic force microscopy” Surf. Sci. 665 (2017) 32-36
    [4] T. Minato, Y. Araki, K. Umeda, T. Yamanaka, K. Okazaki, H. Onishi, T. Abe, Z. Ogumi “Interface structure between tetraglyme and graphite” J. Chem. Phys. 147 (2017) 124701

  • Kazue KURIHARA

    New Industry Creation Hatchery Center (NICHe), Tohoku University
    Professor Emeritus, Tohoku University

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    Kazue Kurihara received her Ph.D. at University of Tokyo in 1979. After working at various institutes in USA, Sweden and Japan, she became an associate professor at Nagoya University in 1992, then a professor of Tohoku University in 1997. She has developed nanointerface chemistry based on surface forces measurement. Her study includes characterization of solid-liquid interfaces, liquids confined between solid surfaces, and other soft materials; development of new instruments; and tribology. She has received various awards including the CSJ Award for Creative Work in 2000, A. E. Alexander Lectureship 2011 from RACI, IUPAC 2013 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Award, SPSJ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Polymer Science and Technology, 2016. She served as a council member of the Science Council of Japan for 2005 -2014, the chairperson of its chemistry committee for 2011-2014, and the president of IACIS for 2012-2015.

    [1] K. Tomita, M. Mizukami, S. Nakano, N. Ohta, N. Yagi, K. Kurihara ” X-ray diffraction and resonance shear measurement of nano-confined ionic liquids, PCCP, 13714-13721 (2018)
    [2] S. Fujii, M. Kasuya, K. Kurihara, “Characterization of Platinum Electrode Surfaces by Electrochemical Surface Forces Measurement”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 121, 26406-26413(2017).
    [3] K. Kurihara, “Molecular Architecture Studied by the Surface Forces Measurement”, Langmuir, 32, 12290-12303 (2016).
    [4] H.-Y. Ren, M. Mizukami, T. Tanabe, H. Furukawa, K. Kurihara, “Friction of Polymer Hydrogels Studied by Resonance Shear Measurements”, Soft Matter,11, 6192-6200 (2015)
    [5] M. Kasuya, K. Kurihara, “Characterization of Ferrocene-Modified Electrode Using Electrochemical Surface Forces Apparatus”, Langmuir, 30, 7093-7097 (2014)
    [6] S. Nakano, M. Mizukami & K. Kurihara, “Effect of Confinement on Electric Field Induced Orientation of a Nematic Liquid Crystal”, Soft Matter 10 (2014), 2110-2115.

Contributed speaker
  • Hiroharu Yui

    W-FST Center(TUS), Professor, Tokyo University of Science

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    My research field is a laser spectroscopy utilizing nonlinear optical effects & heterodyne detection techniques. Our interest is to investigate structures, dynamic responses and mechanical properties of molecular assemblies including hydrogen-bonded water molecules at materials surface and buried interfaces. We also apply our newly developed optical techniques toward analytical imaging tools for various medical and industrial purposes.

    [1] T. Morisaku & H. Yui, “Laser-induced surface deformation microscope for the study of the dynamic viscoelasticity of plasma membrane in a living cell”, Analyst, 143 (2018) 2397–2404.
    [2] M. Banno & H. Yui, “Stimulated Raman scattering interferometer for molecular-selective tomographic imaging”, Appl. Spectrosc. 71 (2017) 1677-1683.
    [3] M. Banno, A. Nagashima & H. Yui, “Stimulated Raman photoacoustic spectroscopy for molecular-selective imaging of sample deeply buried in scattering media”, Analyst 141 (2016) 5747-5752.

  • Yutaka Sumino

    W-FST Center & I2plus(TUS), Jr. Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Sicence

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    Our interest is to mimic complex natural phenomena in biological, geological, and engineering system with a simple physico-chemical model systems. These system share similar background, where they are composed of “softmatter” and under “far-from-equilibrium condition”. In such situation, spatio-temporal order can spontaneously emerges. We build simpler experimental systems, mimicking essential features, and understand it with mathematical modeling.

    [1] S. Wagatsuma, T. Higashi, Y. Sumino, and A. Achiwa, “Pattern of a confined chemical garden controlled by injection speed”, Phys. Rev. E 95 052220 (2017).
    [2] Y. Sumino et al., “Mechanism of Spontaneous Blebbing Motion of an Oil-water Interface: Elastic Stress Generated by a Lamellar-Lamellar Transition”, Langmuir 32, 2891-2899 (2016).
    [3] K. H. Nagai, Y. Sumino, et al., “Collective Motion of Self-Propelled Particles with Memory”, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 168001 (2015).

  • Ken Yamamoto


  • Masahiro Motosuke

    W-FST Center & I2plus(TUS), Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Science

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    My research interest is in the advanced control of micro/nanofluidic behavior and particle/cell/droplet dynamics in microfabricated devices or lab-on-a-chip platform. Also, his research topics involves the development of optical sensing technology for dynamics of interfacial-related behaviors in micro/nanoscopic domain.

    [1] Y. Ichikawa,,, and M. Motosuke, Near-hydrophobic-surface flow measurement by micro-3D PTV for evaluation of drag reduction, Phys. Fluid. 29 (2017) 092005.
    [2] M. Muto, M. Yamamoto, M. Motosuke, A noncontact picolitor droplet handling by photothermal control of interfacial flow, Anal. Sci. 32 (2016) 49-55.
    [3] H. Kotari, M. Motosuke, Simple applications of microparticle transportation by tender optical scattering force, Microfluid. Nanofluid. 18 (2015) 549-558.

  • Ichiro Ueno

    W-FST Center & I2plus(TUS), Professor Tokyo University of Science

  • Scope
    I have been focusing on interfacial thermo-fluid dynamics, such as dynamic wetting process and its control, thermocapillary-driven flow, vapor condensation under subcooled condition and microbubble emission boiling. I have also been interested in pattern formation of low-Stokes-number particles due to interaction with free surface. applications at the nano, micro, and macroscale. Recently I have focused extensively on the science and technology of ultrahard carbon-based thin films, ultrathin materials such as graphene, the role of environment (water and temperature) and friction and wear, and functional mechanisms of lubricant additives.

    [1] T. Takakusagi & I. Ueno, Flow patterns induced by thermocapillary effect and resultant structures of suspended particles in a hanging droplet, Langmuir 33, 13197-13206, 2017.
    [2] L. Mu, D. Kondo, M. Inoue, T. Kaneko, H.N. Yoshikawa, F. Zoueshtiagh & I. Ueno, Sharp acceleration of a macroscopic contact line induced by a particle, J. Fluid Mech. 830, R1, 2017.
    [3] J. Ando, K. Horiuchi, T. Saiki, T. Kaneko & I. Ueno, Transition process leading to microbubble emission boiling on horizontal circular heated surface in subcooled pool, Int. J. Heat Mass Trans. 101, 240-250, 2016.

  • Shinya Sasaki

    W-FST Center & I2plus(TUS), Professor, Tokyo University of Science

  • Scope
    My research profession is Tribology and Additive Manufacturing. My research interest is to investigate the adsorbed layer structure at the surface or interface of liquid-solid system to understand lubrication mechanism of liquid molecules. We specialty focus on the in-situ observation technique of sliding interface by using the spectroscopic analysis such as Raman, IR and SFG.

    [1] S. Kawada, S. Watanabe, C. Tadokoro, R. Tsuboi, S. Sasaki: “Lubricating mechanism of cyano-based ionic liquids on nascent steel surface”, TRIBOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 119, 474-480 (2018)
    [2] H. Okubo, C. Tadokodo, Y. Hirata, S. Sasaki: “In Situ Raman Observation of the Graphitization Process of Tetrahedral Amorphous Carbon Diamond-Like Carbon under Boundary Lubrication in Poly-Alpha-Olefin with an Organic Friction Modifier”, Tribology Online, 12, 5, 229-237 (2017)
    [3] M. Yonehara H. Okubo C. Tadokoro S. Sasaki B. Prakash: “Proposal of Biomimetic Tribological System to Control Friction Behavior under Boundary Lubrication by Applying 3D Metal Printing Process”, Tribology Online, 13, 1, 8-14 (2018)

  • Tadashi Ando

    W-FST Center & I2plus(TUS), Junior Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Science

  • Scope
    My interest is to describe complex phenomena found in biological and chemical systems in term of physics. For this aim, we use computer simulation at the atomic/molecular details as well as a coarse-grained level. We closely collaborate with experimental researchers to build better models and to chose appropriate simulation methods according to each object.

    [1] I. Yu, T. Mori, T. Ando, et al. “Biomolecular interactions modulate macromolecular structure and dynamics in atomistic model of a bacterial cytoplasm” Elife 5 (2016) e19274
    [2] T. Ando and J. Skolnick. “On the importance of hydrodynamic interactions in lipid membrane formation” Biophys. J. 104, (2013) 96-105
    [3] T. Ando and J. Skolnick. “Crowding and hydrodynamic interactions likely dominate in vivo macromolecular motion”, PNAS 107, (2010) 18457–18462

  • Hideki Sakai

    W-FST Center & Division of Colloid and Interface Science(TUS), Professor, Tokyo University of Science

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    My major research area is colloid and interface chemistry, in particular, self assembly of surfactants, and synthesis of nanostructured photofunctional materials using interfacial chemical techniques. I have also studied the properties of water confined in the surfactant molecular assemblies, such as lyotropic liquid crystal and α-gel.

    [1] A. Kafle, H. Sakai, et al., ”Effects of β-sitosteryl sulfate on the phase behavior and hydration properties of distearoylphosphatidylcholine: a comparison with dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine”, Journal of Oleo Science, 67, (2018) 433-443.
    [2] K. Koizumi, K. Sakai, H. Sakai, et al., “Real-time observation of solubilization-induced morphological change in surfactant aggregates adsorbed on a solid surface” Chemical Communications, 53, (2017).
    [3] K. Sakai, H.Sakai, et al., “Effects of water on solvation layers of imidazolium-type room-temperature ionic liquids on silica and mica” Langmuir, 3131 (2015), 6085-6091.