Researcher Introduction
Elements Strategy Initiative for Structural Materials, Kyoto University Assistant Professor Shun Kondo

Motivation for Becoming a Researcher

Through my research as a Ph.D. student, I developed a great interest in how dynamic nanoscale phenomena in materials govern all properties of the materials, and it is a thrill to see these phenomena with my own eyes. This was my motivation for becoming a researcher.

Your Greatest Strengths

I specialize in the direct characterization of material structures and textures from micro-scale to atomic-scale using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). I have skills not only for observing static structures, but also for observing dynamic and microscopic phenomena using in situ TEM techniques.

What Makes Your Research Interesting or Worthwhile

An enormous amount of structural materials is used in social infrastructures all over the world, and the research on structural materials has a significant affect on society. I believe that basic research on structural materials is particularly worthwhile because it yields fundamental knowledge for developing new materials.

Other Research That Interests You

Currently, in situ straining TEM observations are still limited in nanoscale resolution due to experimental difficulties. Thus, I would like to conduct atomic-scale dynamic observations to improve my understanding of mechanical properties. I would also like to attempt more precise observations of steels, which are the most important structural materials but are difficult to observe using TEM due to their magnetism.

Interests Other Than Research You Would Like to Pursue

I prefer to play sports like basketball and football. I’m also interested in outdoor activities and would like to try camping and fishing.

Shun Kondo

Elements Strategy Initiative for Structural Materials, Kyoto University Assistant Professor

Principal Work History:

In March 2016, I obtained a Ph.D. in Materials Science at the University of Tokyo, with my thesis being on plastic deformation mechanisms using in situ straining tests inside a transmission electron microscope. Thereafter, I started postdoctoral research as a member of Elements Strategy Initiative for Structural Materials (ESISM) project at Kyoto University. I have been an assistant professor of the ESISM project since April 2018. My current research is on the microscopic origin of mechanical properties in structural materials.

Notable Articles:

  • [1] Shun Kondo, Tasuku Mitsuma, Naoya Shibata, and Yuichi Ikuhara. “Direct observation of individual dislocation interaction processes with grain boundaries.” Science Advances 2 (2016): e1501926.
  • [2] Shun Kondo, Tasuku Mitsuma, Eita Tochigi, Naoya, Shibata, and Yuichi Ikuhara. “Dynamic observations of dislocation behavior in SrTiO3 by in situ nanoindentation in a transmission electron microscope.” Applied Physics Letters 100 (2012): 181906.

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