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Department of Materials Science and Engineering

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Technological innovation throughout the world is supported by the development of new materials and advances in materials processing. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Kumamoto University is dedicated to education and research in the expansive field of materials science and engineering.

Undergraduate education in our department is structured to provide students with a wide background in the field of materials science and engineering, and includes studies of metals, ceramics, electronic materials and composites.

The department faculties are devoted to the study of structural and functional materials, with six full professors heading the following divisions: Materials Processing Laboratory, Physical Properties of Materials Laboratory, Structure Control of Materials Laboratory, Advanced Materials Processing Laboratory, Non-Equilibrium Materials Research Laboratory, and Applied Physics of Materials Laboratory.

Advanced Features of Laboratories:

Current research topics focus on studies of high-strength magnesium alloys, shape memory titanium alloys, carbon nanotubes, and so on. The various material properties are investigated on atomic and electronic scales with advanced techniques such as high resolution electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The design and creation of advanced materials is accomplished by processing with high pressure and strong magnetic fields, rapid solidification, computer simulation, and more. The processing of materials for recycling has been also investigated in order to bring solutions to environmental concerns.

laser Raman spectrophotometry

Optical studies of advanced materials such as wide-gap semiconductors, carbon nanotubes and DNA using laser Raman spectrophotometry

High purity magnesium crystal Images

High purity magnesium crystal

Lattice image and corresponding diffraction pattern

Lattice image and corresponding diffraction pattern of (100) compound twin in Ti-Ni alloy.


The world’s smallest cantilever beam specimen, for measuring fracture and fatigue properties of MEMS materials. This specimen is approximately 1/1000 the size of a conventional bulk specimen. We have developed fracture and fatigue testing methods for these kinds of micro-specimens. These micro-mechanical characterization techniques are extremely helpful when designing reliable and durable MEMS devices.