Faculty Members NAKAYAMA Atsuko

  • Physics
  • Chemistry



  • Mathematical Science and Physics
  • [Master's Program] Mathematical Science and Physics
  • [Doctoral Program] Fundamental and Applied Sciences

Degrees Obtained

  • Doctorate (Science)

Fields of Research

  • High pressure science
  • Material science
  • Solid State Physics


  • Completed doctoral course in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, majored in Chemistry (Doctor of Science), in March, 1996.
  • Researcher of International Center of Materials Research Co. Ltd. (1994-1996).
  • Priority Research Assistance Cooperation Program, National Institute of Materials and Chemical Research, NIMC (1996-2001).
  • National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, AIST (2001-2004).
  • National Institute for Materials Science, NIMS (2004-2006).
  • Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, Meijo University (2006-2007).
  • Associate Professor, Center for Transdisciplinary Research, Niigata University, (2007-2016)
  • Professor, Dept. pf Physical Science and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Iwate University (2016- ).

Research Themes

Condensation and densification of materials using high pressure and study on their novel physical properties

Crystal structures of materials and bonding between atoms are easily and systematically changed by pressure which is one of the useful tools for material research. Not only the detailed structures under high pressure but also the mechanisms causing the physical properties, are able to be obtained through in situ observation under hydrostatic condition. To provide basic ideas for material design, we compress materials, study on the intrinsic state of atomic bonding composing them, and find their novel physical properties. In particular, carbon shows the various bonding states, resulting in their characteristic electronic states. In addition to their pressure-induced change in structure and properties, we are also interested in the reactivity of carbon and hydrogen under high pressure.

Teaching Philosophy

To learn “a sense of material research and a passion for science”, “an ability to think something from scratch, and a driving force to carry out the purposes”, “a positive thinking and a capacity to change the mindset”, “a strong motivation not to give up”, and “a thoughtful mind” are important for science students. Based on such ideas, I am focusing efforts on bringing up and support them through the academic education and research.