University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo is considered to be the most prestigious university in Japan. It
ranks as the highest in Asia and the 20th in the world in 2012 according to Academic
Ranking of World Universities. The University offers courses in essentially all academic
disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels and conducts research across the full
spectrum of academic activity.

The research will be performed in School of Engineering with over 1,100 doctoral, 2,000
master, and 2,000 undergraduate students. The Department of Mechanical Engineering is
one of the largest and oldest departments in School of Engineering. This department
conducts research and provides education based on the four fundamental disciplines of
mechanics, namely, mechanical dynamics, material mechanics, hydrodynamics and
thermodynamics. The research topics span wide range of cutting edge science related to
applied industrial technology. With a special focus on innovative technology utilizing nanoscale
physics, the department currently hosts ‘Global Center of Excellence for Mechanical
Systems Innovation’ collaboration program of 7 departments; Mechanical Engineering,
Applied Chemistry, Chemical System Engineering, Precision Engineering, Aeronautics and
Astronautics, Systems Innovation, and Materials Engineering. The objectives of the centre
are to create innovative mechanical systems that implement novel and commercially
important functions by detecting, analyzing, understanding, and controlling nano- and
microscale phenomena.

The research will be carried at NanoTherm Group (http://www.photon.t.utokyo.
ac.jp/index.html). This group conducts research related to synthesis of carbon
nanotubes and graphene, spectroscopy of nanomaterial, novel devices with carbon
nanotubes, phonon engineering, molecular dynamics simulation of nanomaterial & interface
phenomena. The international research team includes members from Japan, US, UK,
China, Korea, Thailand, India and Iran. The current staff includes 1 Professor (Prof. Shigeo
Maruyama), 1 Associate Professor (Prof. Junichiro Shiomi), 1 Lecturer (Dr. Erik
Einarsson), 1 Assistant Professor (Dr. Shohei Chiashi), 3 Post-doc, 12 PhD students, 11
MS, and 7 undergraduate students. This group has produced 17 PhD theses, over 200 peer
reviewed papers and 10 patents. The group focusing on the synthesis, characterisation,
handling and applications of SWCNTs and graphene consists of 15 persons. Dr. Shohei
Chiashi, Dr. Erik Einarsson and Dr. Pei Zhao manage CVD growth of vertically aligned
SWCNTs, CVD growth of horizontally aligned SWCNTs, Growth of N-doped SWCNTs,
Raman and photoluminescence spectroscopy, DGU separation of SWCNTs, field effect
transistor with SWCNTs, photovoltaic device with SWCNTs, and molecular dynamics
simulation of growth process of SWCNTs and graphene.

The laboratory of the group is specially designed for CVD growth of high-quality SWCNTs
and immediate characterization by various optical spectroscopy and electron microscopy.
The lab. is equipped with Hitachi S-4800 field-emission SEM, Two CVD systems for SWCNT
synthesis from alcohol (built in-house), High-vacuum CVD system for low-temperature lowpressure
SWCNT synthesis from alcohol (built in-house), CVD system for graphene
synthesis from alcohol (built in-house), Horiba Jobin Yvon Fluorolog & iHR 320 fluorescence
spectrophotometer, Shimadzu UV-3150 UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer, Shimadzu
IRPrestige-21 Fourier-transform IR spectrophotometer, Tunable Ti sapphire CW laser
(Spectra-Physics 3900S), Custom confocal micro-Raman / micro-PL system (700 – 1000 nm
tunable excitation), Custom confocal micro-Raman system (488, 514, 633 nm laser excitation) with scanning stage, Agilent 4156 C precision semiconductor parameter analyser
with Omniphysics 4-probe station, Seiko Instruments SPI3800N Scanning Probe Microscope
(AFM) with environment-controllable sample stage, ULVAC VPC-260F for vacuum
deposition by evaporation of various metals, and Custom FT-ICR (Fourier transform ion
cyclotron resonance) mass spectrometer with 6 Tesla superconducting magnet. The
additional resources are available as shared facilities of the University of Tokyo. These
include a Class 10 clean-room facility, numerous high-resolution transmission electron
microscopes.