Researcher Introduction
Elements Strategy Initiative for Catalysts and Batteries, Kyoto University Research Scientist Maxim Shishkin

Motivation for Becoming a Researcher

I have always been interested in gaining a deeper understanding of materials properties and the mechanisms of chemical reactions. This interest was motivated by personal curiosity as well as by the knowledge that such research could have practical significance to industry and our society in general. I also enjoy tackling complex tasks and finding solutions to important problems.

Your Greatest Strengths

I have a vision for my future research and how it can align with future findings in the research community. I think I can discern what is of interest to pursue and what is realistic to achieve within a reasonable timeframe. I am also open to new fields of research and am eager to learn new disciplines.

What Makes Your Research Interesting or Worthwhile

From an application standpoint, I work on developing renewable energy sources (batteries and fuel cells) that are of paramount importance to our industry today and in the future. I can perform various types of tasks ranging from the development of new computational formalisms, subsequently used in my research, to the application of existing methods in the study of new phenomena. I also work closely with experimentalists for the purpose of better understanding the studied material properties and of guiding the direction of our mutual research.

Other Research That Interests You

I am interested in optics, the theory of electromagnetic radiation, and the processes of light interactions with matter. I would also be interested in studying microelectronics applications, probably the materials aspects, but maybe circuits and other fields as well. I suspect that I might also be interested in pure experimental research, as I may like to do the experiments myself, or research on generating and sustaining plasm with possible applications in etching technology.

Interests Other Than Research You Would Like to Pursue

I like to learn about other cultures and languages. I also enjoy driving and taking in beautiful sceneries of nature. I like listening to music and appreciating art paintings. From a technical side, I am interested in web development, particularly on the server backend; however, I also like the graphical aspects.

Maxim Shishkin

Elements Strategy Initiative for Catalysts and Batteries, Kyoto University Research Scientist

Principal Work History:

I received a Ph.D. in computational materials science from De Montfort University, UK in 2002. Subsequently I moved to Vienna, Austria, where I worked on implementing the GW method into the VASP code under Prof. Georg Kresse. In 2007 I accepted a research associate position at the University of Calgary, Canada, and conducted pioneering studies on solid oxide fuel cells using theoretical calculations. Since 2015, I have lived in Kyoto, Japan, where I hold a research scientist position with ESICB and apply and develop ab initio methods for the study of Na-ion batteries.

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Notable Articles:

  • [1] M. Shishkin and H. Sato. “Self-consistent parametrization of DFT+U framework using linear response approach: Application to evaluation of redox potentials of battery cathodes.” Phys. Rev. B 16 (2016): 085135.
  • [2] M. Shishkin, S. Kumakura, S. Sato, K. Kubota, S. Komaba, and H. Sato. “Unraveling the role of doping in selective stabilization of NaMnO2 polymorphs: combined theoretical and experimental study.” Chem. of Mater. 30 (2018): 1257-1264.

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