Prof. Tohru Shekino
Research Area: Nanometer-scale chemistry-related, Organic functional materials-related, Inorganic compounds and inorganic materials chemistry-related, Structural materials and functional materials-related, Mechanics of materials and materials-related, Composite materials, and interfaces-related. Design, development, properties analyses, and multi-functionalization for low-dimensional oxide nanostructured materials for next-generation environmental and energy application Nanomaterials-related, Environmental load reduction and remediation-related, Functional solid state chemistry-related, Green sustainable chemistry and environmental chemistry-related, Inorganic materials and properties-related, Catalyst and resource chemical process-related
Professor Dr. Sekino was trained in Applied Chemistry (B. Eng, 1988) and Materials Chemistry (M. Eng, 1990) at Tohoku University, and immediately recruited into Osaka University as a Research Associate of the Institute of Scientific and Industrials Research (ISIR) in April 1990. He obtained his doctorate in engineering from Osaka University in 1997 by compiling his early-stage research on the development and functions of nano-sized metal dispersed ceramic nanocomposites for his thesis. Dr. Sekino was appointed as an Associate Professor at the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM), Tohoku University in November 2007, and appointed as a Professor at the ISIR Osaka University in April 2014. Since April 2017, he is concurrently serving as a director assistant of ISIR, and as a chair of the “Dynamic Alliance for Open Innovation Bridging Human, Environment and Materials” program that is a unique research project implemented among five Japanese national university institutes. Also, he is appointed as a Guest Professor at the Wuhan University of Technology, China (2016), and University of Science and Technology Beijing, China (2017).
He continues to create novel and innovative original work and is involved in various cutting edge investigations in design, development, and function analysis for a wide variety of ceramic-based nanocomposites, nanostructured materials, and nanohybrid materials simultaneously on the basis of his vast cognizance in various fields including chemistry, physics, materials science, engineering, nanoscience, and nanotechnology. Especially he has achieved to create multifunctional ceramic-metal nanocomposites and their families that exhibit superior synergy of micro/nanostructure, mechanical and functional properties. His recent special emphasis has focused on the titania nanotube (TNT) aiming to utilize as the environmentally friendly and energy creating systems and materials tuning of ceramics for superior multi-functionalization. He has conducted many project research including national agencies program (JSPS-Kakenhi, NEDO, JST, etc.), university-industry collaboration, and international collaboration projects with universities/institutes in Korea, China, and so on.
Prof. Sekino has over 290 peer-reviewed publications in the worldwide scientific journals including J. Am. Ceram. Soc., Adv. Mater., J. Nanosci. Nanotech., Langmuir, Appl. Catal., Chem. Mater. etc., and is a (co)inventor of more than 30 patents including overseas ones. He has given many plenary, keynote and invited talks at international and domestic conferences. In addition, he has served chair/co-chair/organizing committee member of several international and domestic conferences and symposia in the field of nanostructured/nanocomposite materials, multi-functional materials, and energy/environmental ceramics.
He also serves on the editorial board of several journals, including a position as associate editor of the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology. Prof. Sekino is a member of wide range of national and international societies including MRS, MRS-J, MRS-S, the American Ceramic Society, Ceramic Society of Japan, Chemical Society of Japan, Japan Institute of Metals, Japan Society of Powder and Powder Metallurgy, the Society of Nano Science and Technology, Japan, the Japanese Society of Oral Implantology, the Japanese Society for Dental Materials and Devices, etc.
He was awarded various scientific and technological prizes including the Scientific Encouragement Award by The Japan Society of Powder and Powder Metallurgy (1997/2004), the Prizes for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan (2016), and the 70th Ceramic Society of Japan Awards for Academic Achievements (2016), and so on.