Dr. Yoshihiro(Yoshi) Yamazaki's research in Advanced Functional Inorganic Materials Research Division focuses on the multiple length scale ion, electron and electronic-hole transport characterization in metal oxides aiming for efficient solar-fuel and energy conversions. One of the ultimate challenges in materials science is to activate a useful materials function for a specific application. In particular, the production of efficient solar fuel in conjunction with inorganic materials makes use of unlimited solar energy even at night. A challenge is to unravel critical material and architectural parameters, in a wide range from sub-nanometer to macroscopic scale, that activates such energy functions.

We combine materials synthesis, thin-film fabrication techniques, electrochemical spectroscopy, mass-spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, in-situ high-temperature solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), low-energy ion scattering (LEIS), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), and ab initio calculation, and correlate these fundamentals to energy functions in inorganic materials. The target materials include novel oxides for solar-driven thermochemical fuel production, photochemical water splitting, and proton ceramic fuel cells.

News

2017.6.18-23
Prof. Yamazaki is invited to give a talk in the 21st International Conference on Solid State Ionics, Padua, Italy.
2017.6.16
Prof. Yamazaki is invited to give a talk in FOXCET Workshop: Proton Ceramic Reactors - Fundamentals and Applications, Oslo.
2017.6.15
Prof. Yamazaki serves as an opponent of Ph.D defence in the Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo.
2017.3.10
Prof. Grey, the University of Cambridge, UK, will give a talk at the Inamori Frontier Research Center.
2016.12.20
Prof. Yamazaki will organize the 2nd Solid-state Chemistry & Ionics (SCI) workshop featuring Prof. Norby at the University of Oslo, Norway.
2016.12.16
Dr. Kreuer, Max Planck Institute, Germany, will give a talk at the Inamori Frontier Research Center.
2016.11.16
Prof. Yamazaki organizes the 1st Solid-state Chemistry & Ionics (SCI) workshop featuring Prof. Haile at Northwestern University, USA.
2016.10.16
Prof. Martin, RWTH Archen University, Germany, gave a talk in the 25th Inamori Frontier Research Seminar.
2016.10.12-14
Prof. Yamazaki is invited to give a talk in The 6th Solid-state electrochemistry workshop 2016, Tokyo, Japan.
2016.9.18-22
Prof. Yamazaki is going to give a talk in The 18th Solid State Protonic Conductors, Oslo, Norway.
2016.9.4-8
Prof. Yamazaki will be a chair of Engineering Conferences International on Nonstoichiometric Compounds VI, Santa Fe, USA.
2016.9.2
Prof. Yamazaki is invited to give a talk at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, USA.
2016.5.26
Prof. Yamazaki won The Chemical Conversion of Light Energy Prize 2016 from Japan Science and Technology Agency.
2015.8.11-13
Prof. Yamazaki was invited to give a keynote talk in the 4th International Symposium on Energy Challenges and Mechanics, Scotland, UK.
2015.6.14
Prof. Yamazaki is going to give a talk in the 20th International Conference on Solid State Ionics, Colorado, USA.
2014.11.17
Prof. Yamazaki gave a presentation in the Solid State Ionics Discussion, Ookayama, Japan.
2014.10.03
Prof. Yamazaki was invited to give a talk at Kyoto University, Japan.
2014.09.15
Prof. Yamazaki gave an invited talk in the 17th International Conference on Solid-State Protonic Conductors in Seoul, Korea.
2014.09.12
Prof. Yamazaki gave an invited talk at KAIST in Degeon, Korea.
2014.09.09
Prof. Yamazaki gave a talk in the 11th Inamori Frontier Research Lecture in Fukuoka, Japan.
2014.09.08
Dr. Ogata, University of Cambridge, UK, gave a talk in the 16th Inamori Frontier Research Seminar.
2014.08.31
Prof. Yamazaki was invited to give a talk in the 10th Solid State Ionics Seminar in Tazawako, Japan.
2014.08.22
Prof. Yamazaki was invited to give a kenote in the International Conference of Diffusion in Materials, DIMAT 2014 (Munster, Germany).
2014.08.15
Prof. Yamazaki was invited to give a talk at Leibniz Institute for Surface Modification (Leipzig, Germany).
2014.08.01
Dr. Yoshihiro Yamazaki joined Inamori Frontier Research Center at Kyushu University as a full professor.
Previous events
Research Highlight

Awards

Hoshino (M1), Best poster award@Japan Institute of Metals.

Hoshino (M1, right) Excellent presentation award@Kyushu Univ. Energy week

Kamal (M1, right) Excellent research presentation award@Electrochemical Society, Kyushu branch

Current projects

 JSPS Scientific Research A, Innovative area-nano, Progress100
Recruiting Ph.D. students!

We are recruiting Ph.D. graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering or Department of Materials Physics and Chemistry. There might be finantial support, for example, via Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) and other organizations. Contact us in advance if you are interested in.

Contact

Prof. Yoshihiro Yamazaki
INAMORI Frontier Research Center, Kyushu University

744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
e-mail: yamazaki@ifrc.kyushu-u.ac.jp
TEL :+81-92-802-6966

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