Yoshio Sakka - Introduction to National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and Research Achievements in Advanced Ceramics Group
Date: Mon 23 Jan 2012, 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Nanoforce Seminar Room, Joseph Priestley Building
Introduction to National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
and Research Achievements in Advanced Ceramics Group
Materials Processing Unitr, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
NIMS is the only research institute in Japan dedicated to Materials research. NIMS was created in April 2001 as an independent Administrative Institution by merging two organization (NRIM and NIRIM). Our third Mid-Term program began in April 2011. Nano Ceramics Center (Now is Materials Processing Unit) is responsible for the “Fabrication of innovative ceramics through advanced nanoparticle processing” project. We intend to fabricate innovative ceramics that show novel individual property and/or multi-functional properties through the development of fine particle processing. The fundamental technologies which are key to this are (1) synthesis of fine particles with uniform composition and controlled crystallite size, (2) arrangement /assembley and dispersion control of fine particle with controlled particle size, (3) precise structural control at all levels from the micrometer to the nanometer order, and (4) nano structural design based of the local structure and functions of interest. Here, several achievements at Advanced Ceramics Group, NIMS are introduced; Superplastic Ceramics, Advanced electric current activated/assisted sintering, Textured ceramics by colloidal processing in a strong magnetic field, etc.
Unit Director, Materials Processing Unit, Advanced Key Technologies Division, National Institute for Materials Science 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0047 JAPAN
Yoshio Sakka is a Unit Director of Materials Processing Unit at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), a PI of World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI Initiative) for Materials Nanoarchitronics (MANA), NIMS, and Professor of the University of Tsukuba. He received his B.E. in 1978, M.E in 1980, and Ph. D. in 1983 from Kyushu University for his work on cationic diffusion of zirconia solid solution systems. After receiving his Ph.D, he joined the National Research Institute for Metals (present NIMS). During 1991-92, he stayed a year in University of Washington. His current interests are to fabricate innovative ceramics that show novel individual property and/or multi-functional properties among electric, dielectric, thermal, optical, chemical and mechanical properties through the development of nanoparticle processing. He is the author or coauthor of 14 books, above 400 original referee’s papers, above 60 review papers, and above 50 patents (including application). By the above establishment, he received many awards, such as Fulrath award from American Ceramic Society (May, 2000), academic achievement from Japanese Ceramic Society (May, 2005), Chinese Ceramic Society Award (Oct., 2005), Academy member of World Academy of Ceramics (July, 2009), etc.