Fumitaka Tsukihashi Group
Materials Design and Processing [Materials Processing in Non-Equilibrium State]
Design of dynamic and sustainable processing to
create new functional materials and promise our bright future.
When I was a junior of department of materials engineering, I participated in an experimental blast furnace operation of the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo. During the operation, I watched the flow of high temperature molten pig iron and was strongly impressed by the dynamic production method of iron and steel. It made me have fruitful days to engage in physical works for manufacturing of products. Researches in this field focus on not only fundamental studies on the physical chemistry of high temperature materials but also the application of various materials processing in the industrial manufacturing, which is close to our daily life. We want to bring out the various latent potentials of materials such as iron and steel not utilized sufficiently at present for the development of new materials.
Please have interest in many things and find your most favorite thing you can put much intensity into. I believe that the exploration of the field decided by yourself is much more wonderful.
Professor Fumitaka Tsukihashi
- 1982: Doctor of Engineering from The University of Tokyo
- 1982: Research Associate, Department of Metallurgy, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
- 1986: Lecturer, Department of Metallurgy, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
- 1988: Associate Professor, Department of Metallurgy, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
- 1999: Professor, Department of Advanced Materials Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
Introduction of the study
The aim of our researches is the smelting and refining materials for high quality and the development of materials processing. Our research fields are the fundamental studies of the physical chemistry of high temperature reactions between solids, liquids and gases, and the development for processing of advanced materials. The investigations mainly focus on melts of metals and oxides. The development of new refining processes in non-equilibrium states, and material recycling processes for solving environmental and resource issues are conducted.
Research activities for materials processing are such as (1) design of new multi-phase fluxes for refining of molten metals for high quality, (2) formation mechanism of non-metallic inclusions for the production of high quality steel, (3) kinetics of chemical reactions between liquid metals, molten oxides and gases by isotope exchange technique, (4) development of raw materials and fluxes for advanced ironmaking and steelmaking, (5) development of new ironmaking process by using green energy, and (6) development of process for fine powders of metals and compounds by chemical vapor deposition.
Research activities for environmentally conscious materials and recycling are (1) recycling of steelmaking slag for improvement of marine environment, (2) development of techniques for selective recovering and refining from recycled metals, and (3) heat recovery from steelmaking slag and CO2 absorption to steelmaking slag.
Combining experiments and simulations, we are trying to develop new materials processing well adapted for sustainable society.
Message from a senior
Professor Tsukihashi has a firm policy not only as a researcher but also as an educator. Professor Matsuura is young and full of energy. Students of our group always collaborate and discuss solutions for difficulties. Another distinctive feature of our group is internationality. Many foreign students study with us, and exchange of cultural backgrounds provides me many things.
In Department of Advanced Materials Science, professors with many sorts of backgrounds are leading academic fields: literally "frontier science". Best circumstance to concentrate on your study with the support from honorable researchers is waiting for you.