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Advanced Energy Materials Thrust

Research Overview

The goal of the Advanced Energy Materials Thrust is to develop molecular, nano, and bulk materials based on new science of surfaces, interfaces, and microstructures for applications involving H2, H2O, and CO2. The research is directed to two classes of materials, catalytic and structural. In the area of catalytic materials, our objective is to develop bio-inspired molecular systems for fuel and energy generation that are centered on biological and synthetic catalysts. In addition, we explore the production of fuels and materials of added-value from ubiquitous chemicals through using solar energy. In the area of structural materials, the research focuses on the development of the fundamental science that enables optimization of the cost, performance, and safety of materials for H2 technologies. This includes the association of basic science underlying deactivation of catalytic surfaces to industrial approaches for the mitigation of hydrogen embrittlement. In addition, we aim at advancing our mechanistic insight into the degradation of metals and alloys for technologies that operate at elevated temperatures in the presence of hydrogen. Lastly, it is our objective to develop next-generation tribo-systems with higher efficiency and durability to conserve energy, thus contributing to CO2 emissions reduction.

 

Projects, Objectives and Research Efforts

 


Principal Investigators

  • Masanobu Kubota (Lead PI)
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Brian P. Somerday
    UIUC
  • Reiner Kirchheim

Researchers

  • Yoshinori Sawae
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Hisao Matsunaga
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Kazuyuki Yagi
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Tetsuo Yamaguchi
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Toshihiro Tsuchiyama
    Kyushu University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
  • Ki-Seok Yoon
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
    http://web.cstm.kyushu-u.ac.jp/ogo/english/modules/member/index.php/yoon.html
  • Tatsuya Uchida
    Kyushu University, Faculty of Arts and Science
    http://www.scc.kyushu-u.ac.jp/Yuhan/Top_Page/uchida_lab/Home.html
  • Takahiro Matsumoto
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
    http://web.cstm.kyushu-u.ac.jp/ogo/english/modules/member/index.php/matsumoto.html
  • Yukina Takahashi
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Hiroyoshi Tanaka
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Takehiro Morita
    Kyushu University, Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Takeshi Yatabe
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Ryosuke Komoda
  • Arnaud Macadre
  • Nikolaos Aravas
  • Robert O. Ritchie
  • Akihide Nagao
  • Tatsuya Ando
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Takuo Minato
    Kyushu University, Department of Applied Chemistry
  • Kinya Kumazawa
  • Hironobu Ozawa
    School of Science, Kyushu University
  • Kosei Yamauchi
    School of Science, Kyushu University
  • Naotoshi Nakashima
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Miho Isegawa
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Takashi Fukushima
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Tomohiro Noguchi
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Jin Nishida
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Junfang Cheng
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Ganesan Pandian
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Kim Chaerin
    International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, Kyushu University (I²CNER)
  • Takuro Masumura
    Kyushu University, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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