Akihito Kumamoto

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Pei Zhao, Akihito Kumamoto, Sungjin Kim, Xiao Chen, Bo Hou, Shohei Chiashi, Erik Einarsson, Yuichi Ikuhara, Shigeo Maruyama* a Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Tokyo, Hongo 7-3-1, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan b Institute of Engineering Innovation, The University of Tokyo Yayoi 2-11-16, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan c Global(More)
A facile method is reported for the preparation of chain-like nanostructures by anisotropic self-assembly of TiO(2) and SnO(2) nanoparticles with the aid of a block copolymer in an aqueous medium. Well-defined crystallographic orientations between neighbouring nanoparticles are observed in TiO(2) nanochains, which is important for tailoring the grain(More)
We synthesize vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes (VA-SWNTs) with subnanometer diameters on quartz (and SiO2/Si) substrates by alcohol CVD using Cu-anchored Co catalysts. The uniform VA-SWNTs with a nanotube diameter of 1 nm are synthesized at a CVD temperature of 800 °C and have a thickness of several tens of μm. The diameter of SWNTs was(More)
Atomic resolution transmission electron microscopic observations at different electron acceleration voltages enabled us to observe visually the energy relaxation process of one conformer into another via rotation of various parts of the molecule. Cross-correlation analysis of sequential transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images or of the difference(More)
Grain boundary segregation is a critical issue in materials science because it determines the properties of individual grain boundaries and thus governs the macroscopic properties of materials. Recent progress in electron microscopy has greatly improved our understanding of grain boundary segregation phenomena down to atomistic dimensions, but solute(More)
Changing the carbon feedstock from pure ethanol to a 5 vol % mixture of acetonitrile in ethanol during the growth of vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) reduces the mean diameter of the emerging SWNTs from approximately 2 to 1 nm. We show this feedstock-dependent change is reversible and repeatable, as demonstrated by multilayered(More)
Multifunctional catalysts are of great interest in catalysis because their multiple types of catalytic or functional groups can cooperatively promote catalytic transformations better than their constituents do individually. Herein we report a new synthetic route involving the surface functionalization of nanoporous silica with a rationally designed and(More)
Yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) is one of the primary choices for the electrolyte material in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), due to its excellent ionic conductivity at high temperatures. Nevertheless, such performance is usually limited by the ionic conductivity at grain boundaries, which is at least two orders of magnitude lower than that of bulk [1]. As(More)
Dislocations, one-dimensional lattice defects, appear as a microscopic phenomenon while they are formed in silicate minerals by macroscopic dynamics of the earth crust such as shear stress. To understand ductile deformation mechanisms of silicates, atomic structures of the dislocations have been examined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Among(More)
Self-assembling structures and their dynamical processes in polymeric systems have been investigated using three-dimensional transmission electron microscopy (3D-TEM). Block copolymers (BCPs) self-assemble into nanoscale periodic structures called microphase-separated structures, a deep understanding of which is important for creating nanomaterials with(More)