University of Tokyo, Japan
Materials Informatics for Thermal Transport Realized by The Research Hub
Abstract: Materials informatics (MI), developing or studying materials with an aid of machine learning, has become popular in academia and industry. Use of MI for thermal science/engineering started later than other fields but now there are growing number of reports, and it turned out that Thermal and MI are quite compatible. In Japan, much of the initial progress happened within the JST program “The Material Research by Information Integration Initiative (2015-2020)”, which was a research hub serving to connect researchers from various fields, most importantly, bridging those in materials and informatics. With the collaborators, we realized design and fabrication of optimized phononic and photonic nanostructures for thermal transport, which gave rise to not only high-performance materials but also insights into new (or complex) physical phenomena. In this talk, I will introduce these progresses and how the research hub helped us, with a hope that we can formulate an international hub with the participants of this workshop in the future.
Junichiro Shiomi is a Professor and Head in Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tokyo. He received the B.E. (1999) from Tohoku University, and Ph. D. (2004) from Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. His research interests include heat conduction of nanomaterials, polymer composites, and thermoelectrics, phase change and fluidics in nanoscale, interfacial thermofluid dynamics, thermal convections, and materials informatics. He is the recipient of the Zeldovich Medal from the Committee on Space Research, Young Scientists' Prize, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Educational, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the Academic award of Heat Transfer Society of Japan, and the JSPS Prize.