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Takayuki Kitamura, Kyoto University

Challenge to the Fracture Mechanics in Nanometer Scale

Takayuki Kitamura Takayuki Kitamura is a Professor of Kyoto University, Japan, and a Member of Science Council, Japan. He received B. E. degree in mechanical engineering from Kyoto University in 1977, and M. E. degree in mechanical engineering from Kyoto University in 1979, and worked as a researcher for 5 years at the Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry, Japan. After he received Ph.D. degree from Kyoto University in 1986, he was invited to the National Administration of Space and Aeronautics (NASA), USA, as a research fellow during 1987-1988. He was promoted to a full-professor in Kyoto University on 1998 and is the member of Science Council, Japan, from 2008 till now. He was a vice president of Kyoto University in 2007 –2008 and an associate member of Science Council, Japan, in 2006- 2008. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 original research papers, and recently published a book, "Fracture Nanomechanics". He received the Society Award 5 time from the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) and 4 times from the Society of Materials Science Japan (JSMS). He has presented more than 30 invited talks in international conferences since 2004. He was an executive board director in the JSME in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012, and in the JSMS in 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2010 and 2013. He was elected to be a fellow of the JSME in 2003. His research interest includes, (1) Experimental investigation on fracture mechanics of nano-materials, (2) Multi-physics properties of low-dimensional nano-materials on the basis of ab initio simulations, (3) In situ TEM/SEM observation on mechanism of fatigue and fracture of nano-components, (4) Analysis on intrinsic localized mode in atomic components, and (5) High temperature strength of heat-resisting materials.


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