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Environmental Energy Course

The Environmental Energy Course deals with approaches to solving environmental issues both in Japan and throughout the world, from the micro- to macro-scale level. Through understanding basic environmental issues and analyzing how to solve a problem independently, this course enhances the student’s ability to solve various environmental issues. The pillars of this course are environmental science (science related to nature, Earth, and ecology), environmental systems (policy, environmental risk management, and energy management as global warming countermeasures), environmental design (urban/city planning and smart cities), and environmental materials (environmentally friendly manufacturing). The course is aimed at developing individuals with the diverse knowledge and expertise needed to become future leaders in international organizations, governmental organizations, or perhaps the manufacturing industry.

Urban Environmental Design

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Urban Environmental Design

Urban planning / Urban design / Landscape design / Partnership-based town development / Sustainable city and region

Our laboratory conducts research into methods aimed at improving housing, towns, and regions and providing a comfortable, secure, attractive, and sustainable environment for both humans and nature.

Environmental Design and Information Technology

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Environmental Design and Information Technology

Environmental Design / Information and Communication Technology / Civil and Building Engineering Informatics

The Environmental Design and Information Technology laboratory develops new environmental design methodologies that allow us to systematically organize the relationships among humans, artificial objects, and the natural world, deploying advanced information and communication technologies (ICT) to create new environments based on the implementation of this ICT.

Urban Energy System

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Urban Energy System

Energy demand management / Energy demand modelling / Smart grid / Urban energy metabolism

The energy-demand side is vitally important when analyzing our energy system. The main themes explored within this laboratory include urban energy metabolism, heat system performance, the modeling and management of energy demand, and the active utilization of energy demand in smart grids.

Engineering for Assessing the Sustainable Environment

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Engineering for Assessing the Sustainable Environment

Atmospheric environment / Water environment / Environmental dynamics / Numerical simulation

We perform impact assessment research related to the effects of human activities on both our lives and the ecosystems, with the aim of seeking effective measures for achieving a sustainable environment. Our research is based on three principles: monitoring, modeling, and management.

Bio-Environmental Engineering

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Bio-Environmental Engineering

Biological Wastewater Treatment / Bioremediation / Resource & Energy Recovery

The Bio-Environmental Engineering laboratory focuses on the development of technologies/systems for environmental conservation and purification as well as the recovery of energy and resources through exploiting the capacities of microorganisms, plants, and other biological entities.

Environmental Management

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Environmental Management

Risk analysis and management / Environmental planning / Sustainability design

The Environmental Management laboratory is engaged in environmental systems and engineering research activities, which support the technology-based decision making of governments, industries, and the public sector in relation to the problems and challenges faced by a highly technological society.

  • Akihiro TOKAI

    Professor
    Akihiro TOKAI

  • Risa ITO

    Assistant Professor
    Risa ITO

  • Nguyen Thi Hoa

    Assistant Professor
    Nguyen Thi Hoa

Green Engineering for Global Environment

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Green Engineering for Global Environment

Sustainability / Ecosystem services / Climate change / Biodiversity

The main research theme of the Green Engineering (GE) lab is the “sustainable use of ecosystem services for establishing a natural symbiotic society.” Global-scale environmental problems such as global warming and biodiversity loss, caused by the consumption of natural resources and energy, are of major concern in terms of global, regional, and local sustainability. To understand complex global issues, it is necessary to consider the natural environment and human society as a holistic ecosystem and to analyze the flow and stock of energy and materials seamlessly within the system. The GE lab aims to study and design a society integrated within the natural environment from an ecological viewpoint and to provide education in terms of interdisciplinary collaborations.

Environmental Materials

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Environmental Materials

3D Printer / Geometric Design / Resource Circulation

Using three-dimensional industrial-use printers, artificial fish reefs with environmental affinities and petrous indoor walls for atmospheric control (biotope implants) are fabricated on investigation phases from the mineral slags or inorganic shells discharged from industrial processes related to steel refinement or food production (relict resources).

  • Soshu KIRIHARA

    Professor
    Soshu KIRIHARA

Smart Green Processing

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Smart Green Processing

Hazardous substance-free process / Fine Particle Syntheses / Nano-and Micro-Joining / Self-Assembly

We are developing process technologies that greatly reduce environmental impact. Focusing particularly on the fine particle process, we are pursuing the green synthesis of fine particles including nanoparticles and the development of new methodologies for joining and assembling the fine particles as designed.

Quantum Energy Engineering Course

Energy takes form in terms of light, electricity, chemicals, machine, nuclear energy, and heat, and to understand, manufacture, convert, and apply it, it is important to have a broad knowledge of areas such as physics and chemistry. The Quantum Energy Engineering Course encompasses the basic sciences, which provide the foundation for studying the methodologies for working on various energy-related research topics. The pillars of this course are quantum energy (nuclear fission and nuclear fusion), nuclear power technology (front-end and back-end), laser beam engineering (medical applications and radiation usage), and material science (energy conversion materials, biomaterials). The course aims to create individuals with strong basic knowledge and strong expertise who could become actively involved in research institutes or the manufacturing industry.

Quantum Beam and Biomaterials Engineering

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Quantum Beam and Biomaterials Engineering

Biological effects of radiation/ Irradiation effects on polymers/ Magnetic separation/ Decontamination/ Biological measurement

Our laboratory aims to resolve the issues related to energy, the environment, and welfare through the use of radiation technology, magnetic force control technology, and bioinstrumentation. The main themes are as follows: 1) exploring and evaluating the effects of radiation on materials, biomaterials, and the environment; 2) exploring environmental purification, resource recovery, and minimally invasive treatment; and 3) improving the quality of life of humans through the use of bioinstrumentation.

Energy and Environmental Materials

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Energy and Environmental Materials

Thermoelectric material / Nuclear fuels / Heat storage material / Heat insulation material / Molten materials

With the aim of achieving a sustainable society and resolving the energy issues, we conduct research on the functional materials used for thermal management, which includes thermoelectric materials, nuclear fuels, heat storage materials, heat insulation materials, and molten materials.

Nuclear Social Engineering

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Nuclear Social Engineering

Nuclear Reactor / Integrity / Nuclear Reaction

To ensure that the use of nuclear reactors is safer and more economical, we have been developing more reliable management methods for equipment operation and new types of nuclear reactors through experimental research and computer simulation.

Medical Beam Physics

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Medical Beam Physics

Optical diagnosis and therapy / Photo dynamic therapy / Optical properties of biological tissues / Laser ionization mass spectrometry

We are developing novel techniques for medical diagnoses, therapy, and biological analyses using light apparatus, including lasers, on the basis of tissue optics, photobiology, and laser engineering. The aim is to develop individuals with a profound understanding of both the engineering and the medical fields.

Quantum System Engineering

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Quantum System Engineering

Nuclear and fusion reactor engineering / Liquid metal / Heat and mass transfer

We undertake research and education activities related to the safety of energy systems and new energy system concepts. At present, our main concern is conducting experimental and numerical studies on hydrodynamics and heat transfer in relation to liquid metal energy systems, as well as the evaluation of accidental phenomena and energy conversion systems.

Nuclear Engineering Chemistry

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Nuclear Engineering Chemistry

Back-end Chemistry / Recycle Chemistry / Solution Chemistry / Isotope Chemistry

To achieve the safe chemical processing of spent nuclear fuels and radioactive waste, we conduct research on the chemical behavior of actinides and fission product elements in various electrolyte solutions.

Quantum Engineering and Energy Physics

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Energy Physics

Nuclear Fusion / Thermal Hydraulics in LMFBR / Fundamental Energy Physics

The physics of energy and momentum flow in conductive fluids is addressed in relation to the Maxwell tensor in Fourier space. The dynamic control of a structure in equilibrium with turbulence is thus our main focus. The practical media under consideration are the liquid metal in a fast breeder reactor and the magnetized plasmas in a fusion reactor or space engine. In addition, given the requirements for the optimum resolution in the measurement of the electric and magnetic fields, macroscopic quantum control methods are comprehensively explored.

Quantum Reaction Engineering

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Quantum Reaction Engineering

Radiation physics and engineering for advanced medical and industrial applications / Neutron engineering studies for nuclear fusion reactor (fusion neutronics) and boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT)

We study radiation physics and engineering for advanced medical and industrial applications. In 1981, we constructed OKTAVIAN, the world’s most powerful 14 MeV neutron source facility, at Osaka University. Subsequently, neutronics (neutron engineering) studies in relation to nuclear fusion reactors and boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) (a new cancer therapy) have been undertaken using OKTAVIAN.

Applied Laser Engineering

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Applied Laser Engineering

Lasers / Optical properties / New optical materials / Short-wavelength light sources / Spectroscopic measurements

Our research themes are aimed at developing new optical materials that are useful in both science and engineering. With the use of lasers and spectroscopy techniques, we investigate the optical properties of different materials. We also implement other experimental and theoretical investigations related to these materials alongside various collaborators both in and outside of Japan. Our studies on short-wavelength light-emitting materials have led to the advancement of new applications and next-generation industries.