Department of Advanced Materials Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo

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Hiroyuki Matsuura Group

Materials Design and Processing [Materials Processing in Non-Equilibrium State]

Hiroyuki Matsuura Group

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Establishment of the materials circulation via high temperature processes is a promising way to build a sustainable society for future generations.

“Tatara”, one of ancient Japanese steelmaking process which produces high grade steel from iron sand and charcoal is the origin of my research career. Operation of “Tatara” furnace in May Festival at Hongo campus was not easy and we had many difficulties. However, the final success of our operation was really precious experience. I was much interested in everything happening inside the furnace, although the control of such high temperature process was very tough.

The high temperature processes must be clean without any negative legacy in the future by establishing the circulation of materials. One of such new figure is the concept of urban mine, which requires the change of our viewpoint for “waste” discharged from our society as a new material source. We believe that many resource and environmental issues can be solved through development of efficient high temperature materials processes.

Associate Professor Hiroyuki Matsuura

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Associate Professor Hiroyuki Matsuura

  • 2006: Ph.D. from The University of Tokyo
  • 2006: Research Associate, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
  • 2007: Assistant Professor, Department of Advanced Materials Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
  • 2010: Lecturer, Department of Advanced Materials Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
  • 2012: Associate Professor, Department of Advanced Materials Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo

Introduction of the study

Introduction of the study

High temperature processes treating huge amount of materials above 1273 K are industrially important and utilized at various scenes. We are making a deeper understanding of high temperature processes, trying to utilize potentials of such processes and developing innovative processes for the creation of materials with unique properties. Maximal understanding of high temperature processes through ferrous and non-ferrous pyrometallurgical processes in traditional academic frameworks is our first research subject. Based on such newly-clarified nature of high temperature process, the conceptual design of innovative process and its realization are our second research subject.

Recent research topics are as follows: (1) development of new EAF dust recycling process with the selective chlorination and evaporation reactions, (2) reaction mechanisms of oxide, nitride or sulfide inclusion in solid state steel during heating process, (3) reduction and recovery of phosphorus and iron for recycling of steelmaking slag, (4) elucidation of dissolution behavior of various nutrient elements from steelmaking slag into seawater.

Overview of material flow in our society via high temperature process would make us find the ideal figure of materials science and engineering.

Introduction of the study

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Hiroki Kitao

Hiroki Kitao

Professor Matsuura is young and full of energy. He is always thinking about students. He has a very sharp point of view, and we always benefit from discussion with him. Our research subject can be applied to the actual process, and we enjoy but work hard to study.

In Department of Advanced Materials Science, we conduct the researches which have significant impacts on the society. I think that it would be great pleasure for us to discover something always new. Please join us and enjoy research life together.