Masaki Tanemura received the Ph.D. degree from Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech), Nagoya, Japan, in 1988. Before joining NITech in 1991, he worked at Toyota Central Research and Development Laboratories, Inc., Aichi, Japan from 1983 to 1990. He worked also at Bonn University, Germany, from 1996 to 1997, as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. He is currently a Professor at NITech (from year 2006), and Special Adviser to the NITech President for Regional Partnership in Asia, and also a director of Multi-Energy Innovation Center at NITech (form year 2013).
His current research interest includes the low temperature synthesis of low-dimensional (low-D) nanomaterials, such as 1-D carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and 2-D graphene, and their applications to transparent and flexible devices, energy-related devices and nanoprobes, as well as the in situ visualization of the growth process of graphene nanoribbons/nanowires and carbon nanotubes in the atomic scale. The growth and application of 2-D nanomaterials are also being investigated. So, the keywords featuring his interest are low-temperature synthesis, nanomaterials and nanostructures, in situ observation in atomic scale, TEM (transmission electron microscopy), transparent & flexible, and energy- & bio-applications.
He has more than 20 years’ experience of works on the ion-solid interactions and on the precise surface analyses of materials. The above-described research work is based on this experience. In fact, he has commercialized the CNF probes for atomic force microscope. His achievements are published as more than 270 papers in international journals, 9 book chapters, and 13 patents (including 2 US patents). He was awarded Nagai Award from Nagai Foundation for Science & Technology, Japan in 2007, and was awarded Encouragement Award from Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation (8th November, 2013).
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He is currently involved also in the MEXT project on “Nanotechnology Platform.” (MEXT: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan.) This Nanotechnology Platform in NITech provides following supports: Syntheses of composite nanoparticles by vapor phase condensation technique; Syntheses of novel compounds related for biomolecules; Mössbauer spectroscopy; Syntheses of nano-carbon materials by environmentally friendly method and their characterization; Formation of micro laboratory for syntheses of molecules and their characterization. For more information, please visit: http://nanonet.mext.go.jp/english/insti/nitech/ms/ (Nanotechnology Platform in NITech) and also http://irc.web.nitech.ac.jp/en/index.html (for instrumental analyses in NITech)