In order to realize a rich and sustainable society, technological innovation is necessary. The Department of Applied Physics carries out research and education to innovate new materials and devices.
Through systematic basic teaching on materials and substances, as well as applied research covering a wide range of fields including advanced measurement, the Department aims to educate professionals who can truly contribute to society while possessing “solid basic skills and the ability to apply them”.

Research Groups & Research Areas

  • Materials Science

    We study the behavior of electrons in matter and other properties of matter revealed by quantum mechanics, one of the foundations of modern physics, in order to discover physical properties which have not previously existed and to develop material functionality. Our current way of life is made possible by physical materials which have a variety of properties. By developing physical materials with novel functions, we open up new possibilities for our future way of life.

    Itou Research Group / Miyajima Research Group / Saitoh Research Group / Tohyama Research Group

  • Complexity Science

    This field of study adopts a nonlinear dynamical systems perspective to derive a mathematical understanding of emergent phenomena, such as human brain activity, fish shoaling, and earthquake generation mechanisms, which are the result of a combination of factors. Researcher in complexity science is focused on such topics as the mechanisms of information transmission to the brain and analysis of human social networks where individuals are connected via a diverse array of relationships.

    Araki Research Group / Aso Research Group / Sumino Research Group

  • Energy Science

    Understanding energy storage, transport and conversion from a physical perspective and then generating novel applications based on this understanding is an important challenge for realizing a sustainable future. We are pursuing new energy development in such areas as “high temperature superconductivity,” which is central to quantum computing, and “energy harvesting,” which involves converting ambient vibration and heat into electrical energy.

    Miyakawa Research Group / Nakajima Research Group

  • Nanodevices

    When electrons and molecules, ions and other minute particles are placed in nanospaces or nanoperiodic structures, quantum mechanical effects become apparent. In the field of nanodevices, we focus on spatial design at the atomic and molecular level in order to pursue the research and development of superior power-saving, ultra-small-scale, high-performance, next-generation memory, energy elements, and ultra-small devices with novel functions.

    Higuchi Research Group / Kinoshita Research Group / Okamura Research Group


List of Faculty Members

Name Title Research Area Keyword
ARAKI Osamu Professor Neurophysiology/General neuroscience Neural Information Processing, Cognitive Neuroscience, EEG, Neurodynamics
HIGUCHI Tohru Professor Thin film/Surface and interfacial physical properties
Inorganic industrial materials
Oxide Material Science
Solid State Ionics
ITOU Tetsuaki Professor Condensed matter physics II Magnetism, Superconductivity, Highly Correlated Electron System
KINOSHITA Kentaro Professor Biological physics/Chemical physics/Soft matter physics device physics, composite material, AI devices
MIYAJIMA Kensuke Professor Condensed matter physics I Optical Properties, Semiconductor Nanocrystals, Laser Spectroscopy
MIYAKAWA Nobuaki Professor Condensed matter physics II Superconductivity, Transparent conductive oxide, Crystal growth, Transport properties
NAKAJIMA Takashi Professor Polymer/Textile materials Electric Properties of Polymer
OKAMURA Soichiro Professor Structural/Functional materials Ferroelectric thin films
SAITOH Tomohiko Professor Condensed matter physics II Electronic structure, photoemission spectroscopy, strongly correlated electron systems
SUMINO Yutaka Professor Nano/Microsystems
General applied physics
Mathematical physics/Fundamental condensed matter physics
Biological physics/Chemical physics/Soft matter physics
Functional solid state chemistry
collective micro robotics
micro machine
Pattern formation, disspative structure
nonequilibrium softmatter
colloid, surfactant, wetting
TOHYAMA Takami Professor Condensed matter physics II Strongly Correlated Electron Systems
ASO Naofumi Junior Associate Professor Solid earth and planetary physics Earthquake physics
KASE Naoki Junior Associate Professor Condensed matter physics II
YAMADA Tsunetomo Junior Associate Professor Physical properties of metals/Metal-base materials Quasicrystals
ISHIGAKI Kento Assistant Professor Condensed matter physics II Storngly Correlated Electron System,Magnetism, Superconductivity, Layered compounds
KOUCHI Takayoshi Assistant Professor Condensed matter physics II Strongly correlated electron systems, magnetism, superconductivity
OKUGAWA Ryo Assistant Professor Condensed matter physics I Topological phases
SONG Jundong Assistant Professor Nanomaterials engineering Ferroelectric films, Wearable devices
YU Xi Assistant Professor Optical engineering, Photon science Laser processing, Founctional surfaces, Terahertz antireflection
ZHENG Yumeng Assistant Professor Electronic materials/Electric materials ReRAM, ZnO varistor, interface states

Information on Career Paths

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  • Graduate School
  • Information Industry
  • Professional and Technical Services
  • Electronic Parts
  • Machinery and Appliances
  • Education, Learning Support
  • Miscellaneous Services
  • Rubber and Leather Products
  • Steel and Metal Mining
  • Finance, Insurance
  • Other(Persons Planning on Continuing Education, Studying Abroad, etc.)
(As of March 2023)
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