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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Email uchimoto.yoshiharu.2n _at_ kyoto-u.ac.jp (Raplace _at_ with @-mark)
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Message to the prospective students

Thank you very much for your interest in Uchimoto Laboratory and Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Department of Interdisciplinary Environment, Kyoto University.
Our recent work is focused on electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices, including lithium ion batteries, post lithium-ion batteries, proton exchange membrane fuel cells, water electrolysis, and solid oxide fuel cells.
The entrance exams for mater course as well as for doctor course are open to the world. As to the doctor course, when they pass the exam, they are generally assigned to go to the laboratory they want, because, as you know, doctor course work is much more specialized than master course.
We can accept any master course and doctor course students so far they pass the entrance examination. Our Laboratory have 5 foreign exchange students. There are several scholarships; the largest one would be "Monbukagakusho scholarships" and JSPS. Most of the doctor course students works as research assistant (RA) at our laboratory of the supervisor. However, the total of the RA payment would not exceed about JPY800,000 due to several restrictions.
Research areas
Keywords Science and technology of lithium-ion battery, Science and technology of Fuel Cells,Solid-state chemistry of the inorganic materials for electrochemical devices
Themes Yoshiharu Uchimoto is a professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Environment, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, a position he has since 2007. He received his Doctor of Engineering degree in 1991 from Kyoto University. In 1993, he was a post-doctoral fellow at University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Prof. Uchimoto’s recent work is focused on electrochemical energy storage and conversion devices, including lithium ion batteries, post lithium-ion batteries, proton exchange membrane fuel cells, water electrolysis, and solid oxide fuel cells. He aim at the development of state-of-the-art techniques of analysis of battery in situ by using large-scale equipment, such as synchrotron radiation beam facilities, to be utilized in the enhancement of the performance of the existing lithium-ion batteries as well as the development of post lithium-ion batteries. He is the author of over 300 peer-reviewed publications in reputable journals. He has also co-authored several invited reviews, book chapters.
Major publications Amorphous metal polysulfides: electrode materials with unique insertion/extraction reactions, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2017, 139, 26, 8796 – 8799, DOI: 10.1021/jacs.7b03909
Visualizing redox orbitals and their potentials in advanced lithium-ion battery materials using high-resolution X-ray Compton scattering, Science Advances, 2017, 3, 8, 1 – 6, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1700971
Hidden Two-Step Phase Transition and Competing Reaction Pathways in LiFePO4, Chem. Mater., 2017, 29, 7, 2855 – 2863, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.6b05000
Visualization of Inhomogeneous Reaction Distribution in the Model LiCoO2 Composite Electrode of Lithium Ion Batteries, J. Phys. Chem. C., 2017, 121, 4, 2118 – 2124, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b12133
Platinum-Based Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen-Reduction Reaction: Determining the Role of Pure Electronic Charge Transfer in Electrocatalysis, ACS. Catalysis., 2016, 6, 7, 4195 – 4198, DOI: 10.1021/acscatal.6b00497
Real-time observations of lithium battery reactions-operando neutron diffraction analysis during practical operation, Scientific Reports, 2016, 28843, 1 – 12
Anti-site Mixing Governs Electrochemical Performances of Olivine-type MgMnSiO4 Cathode for Rechargeable Magnesium Battery, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2016, 18, 13524 – 13529, DOI: 10.1039/C6CP00448B
Ionic Conduction in Lithium Ion Battery Composite Electrode Governs Cross-sectional Reaction Distribution, Scientific Reports, 2016, 6, 26382 , 1 – 6, DOI: 10.1038/srep26382
Professional societies/Research and synergic activities
Teaching Areas
  • Undergraduate courses
  • Graduate courses (Master's program)
  • Graduate courses (Doctor's program)
  • Undergraduate courses open to all departments
Background Education and academic qualifications
1985 Graduated, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan.
1985-1987 Master course, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan.
1991 Ph. D, Kyoto University, Japan.

Employment record
1987-1996 Research Associate, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan.
1993-1995 Visiting Scholar, The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter,
University of Pennsylvania, USA.
1996 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Energy Science,
Kyoto University, Japan.
2000 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science and Engineering,
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.
2005 Associate Professor, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies,
Kyoto University, Japan.
2007 Professor, Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies,
Kyoto University, Japan.
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