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UI Koichi

Associate Professor

Affiliation

Chemistry
[Master's Program] Chemistry
[Doctoral Program] Fundamental and Applied Sciences

Degrees Obtained

Doctorate (Engineering) Field of degree: Chemistry

Specialties

Physical Chemistry
Electrochemistry
Inorganic chemistry

Profile

March 1992: Graduated from Industrial Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Tokyo University of Science
March 1994: Completed Industrial Chemistry Master's Program, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Tokyo University of Science Graduate School
March 1997: Completed Industrial Chemistry Doctoral Program, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Tokyo University of Science Graduate School
April 2007: Sharp Corporation
March 1998 - May 2007: Energy Conversion Laboratory, Technology Headquarters, Sharp Corporation
April 1998 - September 1998: Associate Director, Energy Conversion Laboratory, Technology Headquarters, Sharp Corporation
October 1998 - March 2001: Associate Director, Ecological Technology Development Center, Technology Headquarters, Sharp Corporation
April 2001 - September 2002: Director, Ecological Technology Development Center, Technology Headquarters, Sharp Corporation
October 2002 - February 2006: Assistant, Industrial Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Tokyo University of Science
March 2006: Lecturer, Industrial Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Tokyo University of Science
April 2006 - March 2007: Assistant Professor, Frontier Materials and Function Engineering Major, Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University
April 2007 - March 2009: Associate Professor, Frontier Materials and Function Engineering Major, Graduate School of Engineering, Iwate University
April 2007 - Present: Associate Professor, Chemistry and Bioengineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University

My Areas of Research

Those who control materials control batteries

In the world of the battery, there is a saying, “those who control materials control batteries”. Batteries are made from a variety of materials, and these materials have an effect on the performance of the batteries. The battery performance can be improved by repeating the following procedure: making use of the property of each material, combining the properties, assessing the combined properties, identifying a new problem, and then solving the identified problem. There have been concerns over the flammability of the organic solvent electrolyte used in the current lithium-ion secondary batteries. One of my research goals is to design a non-flammable battery by employing “room-temperature ionic liquids”, which have some features such as low volatility and non-flammability, as an electrolyte.

My Teaching Philosophy

The research and development of new energy systems is important as a scientific foundation for the establishment of a sustainable society. I educate students to be active in the global age with a broad scientific perspective, in an effort to establish foundational knowledge in physical chemistry, electrochemistry, and inorganic chemistry.

Laboratory URL
http://www.chem.iwate-u.ac.jp/labo_web/inorg_electro/home-English.html

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