Graduate School Department /Course /Field Interdisciplinary Environment/Studies on Material Science/Material Functions and Correlations
Undergraduate School Division of Natural Sciences
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Research areas Inorganic Material Chemistry, Solid State Physics, Optical Property
Keywords Inorganic material, Glass, Optical property, Rare earth, Optical Fiber, Solid-state Lighting
Themes We study the fabrication and characterization of optically functional inorganic materials like ceramics and glasses, which construct the photonic devices. Special attention is paid to the structural analysis and characterization of various properties of solids, and relationship between structure and optical properties, which are directed to design of novel photonic functional materials for the fiber telecommunication, the solid-state lighting and efficient photovoltaic generation.
Major publications "Optical Amplified WDM Networks" (Elsevier, 2011); "Optical Fibers Research Advances", (Nova Science Pub, 2007)
"Advances in Glass and Optical Materials" (The American Ceramic Society, 2006) ,
"Glass Science and Technology on the Threshold of the 3rd Millennium", (Deutschen Glastechn.Gesellschaft, 2001)
"Photonics Based on Wavelength Integration and Manipulation", (IPAP vol.2, Tokyo, 2004) , "Advances in Photonic Materials and Devices", (The American Ceramic Society, 2005)
"Properties of Glasses and Rare-earth Doped Glasses for Optical Fibers", (Institue for Electrical Engineers(IEE),London, 1998)
Professional societies/Research and synergic activities Member, The Ceramic Society of Japan, The Rare Earth Society of Japan, Japan Society of Applied Physics, The American Ceramic Society, The Optical Society of America, International Commission on Glass, SPIE

International Commission of Glass, Steering Committee (2013-), Technical Committee 20 (TC20;Optoelectronics Glass), 2002- Committee (Chair:2003-2011).
International Conf. on Optical, Optoelectronic and Photonic Materials and Applications (ICOOPMA) (Nara, June 2012) Co-chair
Int'l Workshop on Photoluminescence in Rare Earths: Photonic Materials and Devices, (Kyoto, March 2012) Co-chair
Int'l Sympo. on Non-Oxide Glasses and New Optical Glasses (St.Malo, July 2012) Advisory Board
International Conf. Smart Materials, Structures and Systems, (June 2012), Internatinal Advisory Board
Photonics West, SPIE's Int'l Symposium on Optoelectronics, "Optical Components and Materials", (San Francisco, Jan 2012) Program committee.
Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology, Glasses for Opto-Electronics and Photonics(2009, 2007) organizer
IEEE Journal of Selected Topics of Quantum Electronics ; Guest Editor of Special Issue "Organic and Inorganic Photonic Materials" (Autumn 2008)
Photonics Glass Division, The Ceramics Society of Japan, Committee(2002-)
Core Member, "Research committee of Nano-Materials Science", The Kansai Promotion Committee of the Nano-Technology (2001-2005)
Teaching Areas
  • Undergraduate courses
  • Graduate courses (Master's program)
  • Graduate courses (Doctor's program)
  • Undergraduate courses open to all departments
Background 1986 BS, Department of Industrial Chemistry, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
1988 MS, Kyoto University
1993 Dr.Eng., Kyoto University
1990-2001 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Integrated Studies, Kyoto University
1996-1997 Visiting scientist, Rutgers University
2001 Associate Professor, Kyoto University
2008- Professor, Kyoto University
2010 Visiting Professor, Rennes University (March, France)
1988 Material Research Society: Young Scientists and Engineers Awards  
1994 Research Award of Inoue Foundation for Science
1995 Research Award by Research Foundation for Opto-Science and Technology
1996 Young Scientists Award, The Ceramic Society of Japan
1998 Young Scientists Award, The Chemical Society of Japan
2002 G.Adachi Award, The Rare Earth Society of Japan
2003 Marubun Research Award
2009 Academic Award, The Ceramic Society of Japan
2012 W.E.S.Turner Award (International Commission on Glass)
2012 2011JCerS Best Paper Award (The Ceramic Society of Japan)