Research|KONDO Laboratory, University of Tsukuba


About Research

 What are the most important elements of our resources, energy, and environmental problems, and how can we address them? How can we build a high-quality, safe, and happy society that continues to be bright, rich, and sustainable? Our answer is to develop, introduce, and disseminate innovative energy technologies that enable the stable, safe, and efficient acquisition of electrical energy at low cost by using abundant (non-precious) sources with no risk of damaging the environment.
 When developing catalyst and device materials that are indispensable for such innovative energy technologies, both breakthroughs that disrupt previous assumptions and the accumulation of empirical knowledge are critical for making improvements. Neither is a simple matter, but in both cases, I believe that basic science, i.e., understanding the behavior of molecules and atoms one by one, precisely, and understanding the properties of materials and the interaction between materials is very important. The next important thing is to not be bound by common sense. Obtained knowledge should be logically assembled with careful consideration, and sometimes a working hypothesis that becomes a new concept should be constructed. Then, this must be verified and further applied. I think by seriously applying such processes to the research and development of materials and technologies required by society, it is possible to not only innovatively improve existing technologies, but also to create new concepts, new materials, and new technologies that do not currently exist. I strongly believe that this process will lead to research that actually contributes to society.
 I will thus realize new materials, new technologies, new concepts, and new research areas to contribute the society.

Professor Takahiro Kondo

We are creating new materials, new science, new technologies, and new concepts to solve the problems of the environment, energy, and resources. Then we want to contribute the society by using our research achievements. Specifically, we are now trying to create materials for hydrogen storage, hydrogen generation, and hydrogen usage.

Recent topics of our research

Direct Imaging of Band Structure for Powdered Rhombohedral Boron Monosulfide by Microfocused ARPES, 2023

Published in Nano Letters 23 (2023) 1673-1679.

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Tohoku Univ., Univ. Tsukuba, KEK , QST, Tokyo Tech., JST,AIMR

Caught in the Act: Key Chemical Intermediates in Pollutant-to-Fuel Reaction Identified, 2022

Published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 144 (2022) 12158-12166.

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Univ. Tsukuba (English), Osaka Univ., Kyushu Univ.

Development of a Novel Nanosheet with Adjustable Electrical Conductivity, 2020

Published in Chem 6 (2020) 406.

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Univ. Tsukuba, NIMS, Tokyo. Tech., JASRI, SPring8, ISSP, Univ. Tokyo
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Selected as a cover picture

Molecular vibration drives chemical reactions, 2019

Published in Nature Chemistry 11 (2019) 722-729.

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Univ. Tsukuba, Osaka Univ.

Birth of new two-dimensional materials: Hydrogen boride sheets, 2017

Published in J. Am. Chem. Soc. 139 (2017) 13761.

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Univ. Tsukuba, Tohoku Univ., Tokyo Tech., MANA, NIMS, AIMR, NIMS
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#085: The World of New Materials Extending in Two Dimensions

Mystery surrounding non-platinum catalysts for fuel cell technologies solved, 2016

Published in Science 351 (2016) 361.

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From University of Tsukuba
[ Selected as Nature Nanotechnology ]Research Highlights

Discovery of the specific properties of graphite-based carbon materials, 2015

Published in Scientific Reports 5 (2015) 16412.

[ Press release ]From University of Tsukuba

New fine spectroscopy with atomic resolution, 2014

Published in Scientific Reports 4 (2014) 6711.

[ Press release ]From University of Tsukuba

Observation of Landau levels in potassium-intercalated graphite under a zero magnetic field, 2012

Published in Nature Communications 3 (2012) 1068.