Kazuo Terashima / Professor / Division of Transdisciplinary Sciences
Department of Advanced Materials Science / / Plasma materials science

Career Summary
1982: Bachelor of Science from Faculty of Engineering, The Univ. of Tokyo
1984: Master of Science from Faculty of Engineering, The Univ. of Tokyo
1987: Research Assoiate, Faculty of Engineering, The Univ. of Tokyo
1988: Dr. of Engineering from Faculty of Engineering, The Univ. of Tokyo
1990: Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, The Univ. of Tokyo
1992: Associate Professor, faculty of Engineering, The Univ. of Tokyo
Current position: Since 1999.
from 1993~1995, University of Basel (Switzerland): Guest Professor

Educational Activities
Graduate school: Plasma advanced materials science theory, Department of Material processing engineering:statistical mechanics of materials, materials processing diagnosis study, material independent research, etc.
Research Activities
The 4th state of matter, besides solid, liquid and gas is"Plasma".
The unique characteristics of plasmas have been applied in a wide range of science and technology fields, including advanced semiconductor devices, fabrication of bio-materials, plasma displays, polluted air/soil purification, plasma-engines for space craft, etc. These fields are considered a new frontier of comprehensive science and technology to support industry and society as well as the global environment in the 21st century. In my research group, materials science and technology, which is considered "Plasma Materials Science", or the interface between "Plasma" and "Advanced Materials Science", is approached from both a fundamental and applied science point of view.
We aim to propose and establish the new frontier of plasma science and technology in the 21st century Micro-/Nano-space plasma materials science, as the laboratory's ultimate mission.
Our unique developments lead the world in 1) ultrafine processing technology for semiconductors and 2) generation and characterization of Micro-/Nano-space plasmas (micro-scale, nano-space area), using piezo-technology and micro-fabrication techniques. By applying different spectroscopic analysis and probe methods as well as numerical simulations, we are investigating solutions to structure and materials issues.
Our group was established in April 1998 and has received international recognition for its contribution to both fundamental and applied science, having been awarded the "Plasma Chemistry Prize" from IUPAC (International Union of Pure & Applied Chemistry).

1989: Honda Prize Award for Young Scientists
1992: Japan Institute of Metals Young Researcher Award
1999: Plasma Chemistry Prize
2005: Plasma Materials Science Award

[Reviews in Japanese]
1) K.Tachibana and K.Terashima, Micro-/Nano-Plasma Technology and Industrial Application, CMC Press, Tokyo (2006).

Other Activities
Japan Institute of Metals - Subcommittee member
Japan Soceity of Applied Physics
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science - # 153(Plasma Materials Science) Committee member
Member of the Physical Society of Japan, The Japanese Society for Synchrotron Radiation Research, etc.
APCPST (Asia-Pacific Conference on Plasma Science & Technology) 96 (1996) - Organizing committee

Future Plan
We aim to propose and establish the new plasma science and technology frontier of micro-/nano-space plasma materials science.
Micro-/nano-space plasma develop sgives new concepts such as quantum plasma, cold plasma, supercritical fluid plasma, etc. In addition, these research in this fundamental sciences have a high possibility of creating new industres, societies, culture, and environments in the new 21st century, similar to that in the new material of surface, liquid, cluste.
We have been conducting the following comprehensive studies from both a fundamental and applied science point of view, in close cooperation with public research organizations and related industries.

1) Development of an integrated plasma-processing device (plasma panel, plasma chip) and its application to high efficiency processing.
2) Study of the interface between plasma and solid surface from plasma environmental scanning probe microscopy (SPM) and plasma evanescent spectroscopy
3) Supercritical fluid plasma processing (cluster fluid), advanced materials and material device processing applications
4) Development of plasma fiber and its application to bio-technology
5) Creation of new nano-cluster materials from micro plasma CVD
6) Development of cryo plasma and its application to materials processing

Messages to Students
I believe that the study of materials science through nano-space science and technology and bio-materials technology can fulfill an important role as a comprehensive science technology for addressing global issues such as environmental pollution, energy shortage, the emergence of new social systems based on IT, aging societies, as well as other urgent problems, which our country faces.
Fresh ideas and perspectives are required to address these versatile and complicated assignments as "intellectual barbarian" on a new frontier.
The Department of Advanced Materials Science seeks young researchers with mettle and ingenuity. Our group also shares new frontier of "plasma materials science" field, andthe aim of creating nano-space plasma materials science.

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