Master's and Doctoral Program in Materials Innovation - University of TsukubaMaster's and Doctoral Program in Materials Innovation - University of Tsukuba

To be Established April, 2020

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Director of Program
Prof. Junji Nakamura,
Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba

Director of Program Prof. Junji Nakamura, Pure and Applied Sciences, University of TsukubaMaster’s and Doctoral Programs in Materials Innovation are dedicated to foster international elite and to promote high-quality researches by letting excellent students from overseas meet top-level researchers in Tsukuba area. We understand that many highly talented students at top universities in the region of Southeast Asia hope to study in graduate school in Japanese universities if they have a chance to be supported financially. On the other hand, researchers in Tsukuba such as NIMS, AIST, and KEK need talented young human resources with high-abilities and enthusiasm. Their research facilities are excellent and fully equipped. The encounter of excellent students and first-class researchers should contribute science & technology significantly not only in Japan but also ASEAN countries. Our study-program is trying to provide scholarships as much as possible.
The main content of our educational program is innovation of energy and environmental materials such as solar cells, fuel cells, thermoelectric materials, magnetic materials, optical function materials, catalysts, and bio-materials. The educational program consists of three pillars; i) material designs by quantum-mechanics, physical chemistry, and organic chemistry, ii) material analyses by spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation facilities, high-resolution electron microscopy, and scanning probe microscopy, and iii) fabrication of devices and synthesis of functional materials. All lectures and seminars are performed in English.
The feature of this course also includes participation of companies who have been active in business and are interested in friendship among Southeast Asia countries. Seminars to introduce one’s own research will be held regularly in the presence of company people followed by Get-together party, where participants can communicate personally and company people can observe the growth of students in this program.
The relationship between Japan and ASEAN countries will be increasingly important issues hereafter. This program makes a significant contribution to the development of human resources and revitalization of Japanese academia scene. Although the number of students in doctoral courses in Japan tend to be decreasing recently, but I believe our program will activate basic researches in Japan as well as in ASEAN countries. All faculty members execute this challenge with full effort. We would be appreciated your cooperation and support from various aspects.

The aims and overview of the Materials Innovation

  1. Fostering Experts in Pioneering Research on Materials Science
  2. World's Top Level Researchers and Facilities in Tsukuba Science City
  3. Master's and Doctoral Program Conducted in English
  4. Small Numbers but Highly Qualified Students from all over the world.
  5. Support Students Financially through Scholarships or Research Assistant, provide a career path support.
  6. Create Relationship and Partnership with Universities in the world.
  7. Further Introduction of Internships through Coordination between University and Industry
Master's and Doctoral Program in Materials Innovation

Three pillars in materials education

Materials Design

DFT, Thermodynamics, Chemistry

Materials Analysis

SPM, Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Electron microscopy

Device Fabrication

Electrochemistry, Band-gap engineering, Polymer synthesis