Shinsuke Yamanaka

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Novel sol-gel synthetic techniques were used to immobilize copper-zinc superoxide dismutase (CuZnSOD), cytochrome c, and myoglobin (Mb) by encapsulation in stable, optically transparent, porous silica glass matrices under mild conditions such that the biomolecules retained their characteristic reactivities and spectroscopic properties. The resulting glasses(More)
The efficiency of thermoelectric energy converters is limited by the material thermoelectric figure of merit (zT). The recent advances in zT based on nanostructures limiting the phonon heat conduction is nearing a fundamental limit: The thermal conductivity cannot be reduced below the amorphous limit. We explored enhancing the Seebeck coefficient through a(More)
Restriction Landmark Genome Scanning (RLGS) used to detect large numbers of restriction landmarks in a single experiment and applied to analyze the genetic diversity of Asian and African sorghum accessions. This method is one of the genome analysis tools based on the concept that restriction enzyme sites can serve as landmarks throughout a genome. RLGS uses(More)
The effectiveness of thermoelectric (TE) materials is quantified by the dimensionless figure of merit (zT). An ideal way to enhance zT is by scattering phonons without scattering electrons. Here we show that, using a simple bottom-up method, we can prepare bulk nanostructured Si that exhibits an exceptionally high zT of 0.6 at 1050 K, at least three times(More)
The thermoelectric properties of lanthanum-doped polycrystalline perovskite-type europium titanate were measured from room temperature to 900K and compared to those of MTiO3 (M 1⁄4 Ca, Sr, Ba). The differences in the titanates were calculated in terms of the differences of A-site ion and Ti–O distance that determined the covalent bonding strength. The(More)
A series of single-phase polycrystalline (TlSbTe2)x(Tl0.02Pb0.98Te)1−x (x= 0, 0.05, 0.1) compounds were made to reduce thermal conductivity while maintaining the enhanced Seebeck coefficients found in PbTe doped with Tl. Transport property measurements confirmed that high Seebeck coefficients from doping with Tl are retained by alloying with TlSbTe2. At the(More)
In March 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident caused nuclear fuel to melt and the release of high-volatility fission products into the environment. Caesium and iodine caused environmental contamination and public exposure. Certain fission-product behaviours remain unclear. We found experimentally that liquid CsI disperses extremely(More)
The high-temperature thermoelectric properties of thallium (Tl) and potassium (K) double-filled cobalt antimonide (CoSb3)-based skutterudites with nominal compositions TlxK0.3Co4Sb12 (x = 0.1 - 0.3) were investigated. The filling fraction of Tl in CoSb3 was enhanced by co-filling with K, which resulted in all of the samples showing the filled-skutterudite(More)