Yukio Sato, Ph. D. (Science)

Age: 39 (as of Apr. 1, 2018), Born in Fukuoka Prefecture, JAPAN.

Associate Professor
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Kyushu University

Room No. 638, West Zone Building 4, Kyushu University
744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, 819-0395, JAPAN
E-mail: sato[at]zaiko.kyushu-u.ac.jp

Educational qualifications 2002. 3. BS in Engineering, The University of Tokyo.
2004. 3. MS in Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences,
The University of Tokyo. 
2006. 9. Ph. D. in Science, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo.
Professional experiences 2004. 4. JSPS Research Fellow (for PhD candidate) at the University of Tokyo (UT)
2006.10. JSPS Research Fellow (for Postdoctoral researcher) in UT
2007. 4. JSPS Research Fellow (for Postdoctoral researcher) in Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC)
2007. 4. Visiting Researcher, JFCC (concurrently)
2010. 4. Assistant Professor, Inst. of Eng. Innov., Graduate School of Eng., The University of Tokyo
2014. 4. Associate Professor, Dep. of Mat. Sci. and Eng., Graduate School of Eng., Kyushu University
Academic Societies Ceramic Society of Japan, Japan Institute of Metal, The Physical Society of Japan, The Japanse Society of Microscopy, The Japan Society of Applied Physics, The American Ceramic Society
  International advisory board, Applied Microscopy
Specialized fields Semiconducting ceramics, Ferroelectrics, Grain boundary/Interface, Electron Microscopy,


Research Topics:


Material structure characterization to improve medical imaging device
(Physical Review Letters, 2011)

Ultrasonic imaging devices are used in medical diagnosis. The movie shows the change of nanostructure in piezoelectric probe that is the major component of medical imaging devices in its working. Change of the nanostructure was observed for the first time by us with the use of in-situ transmission electron microscopy. This result provided an important insight to understand how does this imaging device work.


Nanostructure of ceramics that shrink upon heating 
(Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2012)

Crystalline solids usually expands when they are heated. However, there are some exceptions. Transmission electron microscopy images of such materials has revealed that nanoscale regions of smaller crystal volume are dispersed in that material, which is a reason that this material shrinks when they are heated.


Atomic arrangement in electrical device and origin of the function
(Physical Review Letters, 2006)

A large number of devices are integrated in electrical circuit of cellphone. Varistor is one such devices, which protects the circuit from electrical surges emitted from humanbeing. However, mechanism that the electrical function arises had not well been understood. We have revealed microscopic origin of the electrical function in the atomic scale. The image on the right shows the atomic arragement of the device. Our theoretical calculations revealed that this peculiar atomic arrangement is a cause of the electrical function.


Further details on the researches will be uploaded here.

Major research archivement:

Selected journal papers:

"Monoclinic nanodomains in morphotropic phase boundary Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 - PbTiO3"
Y. Sato et al., Applied Physics Letters, 104, 082905-1-4 (2014).

Real-Space Distribution of Local WO4 Ordering in Negative Thermal Expansive ZrW2O8"
Y. Sato et al., Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134, 13942-13945 (2012). 

"Real-Time Direct Observations of Polarization Reversal in a Piezoelectric Crystal: Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3 - PbTiO3 Studied via In Situ Electrical Biasing Transmission Electron Microscopy"
Y. Sato et al., Physical Review Letters, 107, 187601-1-5 (2011).

"Atomic structures and electrical properties of ZnO grain boundaries"
Y. Sato et al., Journal of the American Ceramic Society, 90, 337-357 (2007). (Feature Article)
We received The Ross Coffin Purdy Award from the American Ceramic Society for this publication.

"Role of Pr segregation on acceptor state formation at ZnO grain boundaries"
Y. Sato et al., Physical Review Letters, 97, 106802-1-4 (2006).

Recent invited talks:

Y. Sato, Pacifichem 2015, Hawaii, USA, 2015. 12. 20. 
Y. Sato, International Symposium on Korean Society of Electron Microscopy, Korea, 2015. 11. 12. 
Y. Sato, IUMRS-ICAM 2015, Korea, 2015. 10. 28. 
Y. Sato, EMSI-2015, India, 2015. 7. 10. 
Y. Sato, EMN Ceramics Meeting, USA, 2015. 1. 28. 
Y. Sato, Asian Meeting on Ferroelectricity and Asian Meeting on Electroceramics (AMF-AMEC) 2014, China, 2014. 10. 29.
Y. Sato, The 15th IUMRS-ICA (International Union of Materials Research Societies, International Conference in Asia), Japan, 2014. 8. 25. 
Y. Sato, SPIE Photonics West 2014, USA, 2014. 2. 3. 
Y. Sato et al., The 9th Korea-Japan Conference on Ferroelectrics, Korea, 2012. 8.10.

Major Awards:

  1. 2014 JCS-JAPAN Excellent Paper Award, Ceramic Society of Japan. (2015).
  2. Progress Award, Ceramic Society of Japan. (2013)
  3. Award for Encouragement of Research in Thin Films, 15th International Conference on Thin Films, (2011).
  4. 33rd Paper Award, Japan Society of Applied Physics (2011).
  5. Y. Sato et al., Ross Coffin Purdy Award, The American Ceramic Society, 2008.10. 6. 
  6. JSPS Research Fellow (PD), (2007-2010).
  7. Y. Sato et al., Graduate Student Gold Award, Materials Research Society, 2005.11.30. 
  8. Incentive award, Materials Research Society Japan (2015).
  9. JSPS Research Fellow (DC1), (2004-2007).

Articles in newspaper and magazine:

日経産業新聞,「圧電材料の分子観察」,2011.11. 9.
日刊工業新聞,「圧電セラのナノ領域応答 即時直接観察に成功」,2011.10.31.
セラミックス,「米国MRSシンポジウムにおいてGraduate Student Gold Award 受賞」,March, 2006.
日刊工業新聞,「セラミックス中の添加材、原子レベルで直接観察」,2006. 9. 4.

Here is the full list of research archievement.