Associate Professor

Dr. Ken Kurosaki

Division of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering,
Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
A1 Building, Room 315, 2-1 Yamadaoka, Suita Osaka 565-0871, Japan
Phone: +81-6-6879-7905
Researcher ID
Ken Kurosaki is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University, Japan. He was born in Tokushima Prefecture, Japan in 1973. He received his B.S. (1995), M.S. (1997) and Ph.D. (2003) in Nuclear Engineering from Osaka University. He was an Assistant Professor at Osaka University from 1998 to 2009. His current research focuses on Nuclear Fuels/Materials and Thermoelectric Materials. He has over 250 publications. His recent awards include Best Scientific Paper Award at the 24th International Conference on Thermoelectrics (2005), Best Paper Award of Thermoelectric Society of Japan (2008 & 2012), and Encouraging Prize of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (2006).
Academic Service and Memberships:
International Thermoelectric Society, Thermoelectric Society of Japan (Member of Council), The Japan Institute of Metals and Materials, and Atomic Energy Society of Japan
Book Chapters (Selected)
  • Ken Kurosaki*, Adul Harnwunggmoung, and Shinsuke Yamanaka, Nanoscale Thermoelectrics, Lecture Notes in Nanoscale Science and Technology Vol. 16, Editores: Xiaodong Wang and Zhiming M. Wang, Chapter 10, Thermoelectric properties of CoSb3 based skutterudites filled by group 13 elements, Springer, Published: February, 2014.
  • Ken Kurosaki* and Shinsuke Yamanaka, Thermoelectrics and its energy harvesting, modules. Systems, and applications in thermoelectrics, Editor: D. M. Rowe, CRC Press, Chapter: I-8, Effect of vacancy distribution on the thermoelectric properties of gallium and indium chalcogenides, CRC Press, Published: May, 2012.
  • Shinsuke Yamanaka and Ken Kurosaki*, Comprehensive Nuclear Materials, 1st Edition, 2.11 Neutron Reflector Materials (Be, Hydrides), Editor in Chief: R. Konings, Elsevier Science, Published: March 20, 2012.
Selected Publications (* Corresponding Author):
Thermoelectric Materials
  • Ken Kurosaki*, Guanghe Li, Yuji Ohishi, Hiroaki Muta, and Shinsuke Yamanaka, Enhancement of thermoelectric efficiency of CoSb3-based skutterudites by double filling with K and Tl, Front. Chem. 2, 84-1-84-4 (2014).
  • Aikebaier Yusufu, Ken Kurosaki*, Yoshinobu Miyazaki, Manabu Ishimaru, Atsuko Kosuga, Yuji Ohishi, Hiroaki Muta, and Shinsuke Yamanaka, Bottom-up nanostructured bulk silicon: A practical high-efficiency thermoelectric material, Nanoscale 6, 13921-13927 (2014).
  • Theerayuth Plirdpring, Ken Kurosaki*, Atsuko Kosuga, Tristan Day, Samad Firdosy, Vilupanur Ravi, G. Jeffrey Snyder, Adul Harnwunggmoung, Tohru Sugahara, Yuji Ohishi, Hiroaki Muta, and Shinsuke Yamanaka, Chalcopyrite CuGaTe2: A high-efficiency bulk thermoelectric material, Adv. Mater. 24, 3622?3626 (2012).
  • Adul Harnwunggmoung, Ken Kurosaki*, Hiroaki Muta, and Shinsuke Yamanaka, gHigh-temperature thermoelectric properties of thallium-filled skutteruditesh, Appl. Phys. Lett. 96, 202107 (2010).
  • Joseph P. Heremans*, Vladimir Jovovic, Eric S. Toberer, Ali Saramat, Ken Kurosaki, Anek Charoenphakdee, Shinsuke Yamanaka, and G. Jeffrey Snyder*, gEnhancement of thermoelectric efficiency in PbTe by distortion of the electronic density of statesh, Science 321, 554-557 (2008).
  • Ken Kurosaki*, Hideaki Matsumoto, Anek Charoenphakdee, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Manabu Ishimaru, and Yoshihiko Hirotsu, gUnexpectedly low thermal conductivity in natural nanostructured bulk Ga2Te3h, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 012101 (2008).
  • Ken Kurosaki*, Atsuko Kosuga, Hiroaki Muta, Masayoshi Uno, and Shinsuke Yamanaka, gAg9TlTe5: A high-performance thermoelectric bulk material with extremely low thermal conductivityh, Appl. Phys. Lett. 87, 061919 (2005).
Nuclear Fuels/Materials
  • Masato Ito, Ken Kurosaki*, Hiroaki Muta, Masayoshi Uno, Kenji Konashi, and Shinsuke Yamanaka, Thermomechanical properties of hafnium hydride, J. Nucl. Sci. Technol. 47, 156-159 (2010).
  • Shinsuke Yamanaka, Masaki Fujikane, Tsuyoshi Hamaguchi, Hiroaki Muta, Taku Oyama, Tetsushi Matsuda, Shin-ichi Kobayashi, and Ken Kurosaki*, gThermophysical properties of BaZrO3 and BaCeO3h, J. Alloys Compd. 359, 109-113 (2003).
  • Kazuhiro Yamada, Ken Kurosaki*, Masayoshi Uno, and Shinsuke Yamanaka, gEvaluation of thermal properties of uranium dioxide by molecular dynamicsh, J. Alloys Compd. 307, 10-16 (2000).
Academic Awards (Selected):
  • The Thermoelectric Society of Japan, The Best Paper Award, August 2012.
  • The Thermoelectric Society of Japan, The Best Paper Award, August 2008.
  • The Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Young Investigator Award, February 2007.
  • The International Thermoelectric Society, ICT Best Paper Awards, June 2005.
  • The Thermoelectric Society of Japan, Encouraging Award, January 2005.
First Semester
Undergraduate, Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Basic Environmental Science
  • What is a Good Scientist?
Undergraduate, School of Engineering
  • Sustainable Energy and Environmental Science III
Graduate, Institute for Academic Initiatives Cross-Boundary Innovation Program
  • Cross-Boundary Self-Designed Course 1
  • Cross-Boundary Active Learning 1
Second Semester
Undergraduate, School of Engineering
  • Environmental and Energy Materials Engineering
  • Physical Chemistry II
Graduate, Graduate School of Engineering
  • Energy Conversion Material
  • Radiation Control
Graduate, Institute for Academic Initiatives Cross-Boundary Innovation Program
  • Cross-Boundary Science & Engineering: Engineering 1
  • Cross-Boundary Science & Engineering: Engineering 2
  • Cross-Boundary Science & Engineering: Engineering 3
  • Cross-Boundary Self-Designed Course 2-a
  • Cross-Boundary Self-Designed Course 2-b
  • Cross-Boundary Self-Designed Course 2-c
  • Sports Communication