Takahiro Namazu received B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Ritsumeikan University in Kusatsu, Japan, in 1997, 1999, and 2002, respectively. From 2002 to 2006, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, at the University of Hyogo in Himeji, Japan. In 2007, he became an Associate Professor. In 2010, he became a researcher for the “Nanosystems and Emergent Functions” Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology (PRESTO) program of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). In the JST program, his research theme was the emergence of self-propagating exothermic nanomaterials for future semiconductor industry application and human life care. In 2016, he became a Professor of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Aichi Institute of Technology in Toyota, Japan. In 2019, he joined Kyoto University of Advanced Science (KUAS) in Kyoto, Japan as a Visiting Professor, and in 2020 he is expected to become a Professor with the Faculty of Engineering.
Professor Namazu is currently engaged in studies on functional film materials, such as self-propagating exothermic materials, and their applications to micro/nano electro-mechanical systems (NMEMS). His research interests also include the development of material testing techniques for measuring the mechanical properties of micro/nanoscale materials, such as carbon nanotubes and silicon nanowires. These studies focus on clarifying nanomaterials' size effect phenomena and these mechanisms. In addition, he is engaged in the evaluation of the reliability of MEMS and semiconductor devices for realizing the design of ultra-long life microdevices.
To date, he has earned over 20 research awards for his outstanding materials research results and his contributions to the evolution of the global micro/nanoscale materials science field.
In his spare time, Takahiro enjoys spending time with his kids while exploring historical places and enjoying local foods in Kyoto. He also enjoys driving his beloved car, a fuel cell-powered Toyota MIRAI. Unfortunately, there are only two hydrogen fueling stations in Kyoto—a big problem!