We have to face an energy and environmental problem to build a persistent human being society. The aim of our group is to create energy materials through fundamental studies of crystal growth mechanisms.
- Development of in situ observation system: We have developed a technology to observe a crystal/ melt interface at a high temperature more than 1400°C.
- Elucidation of melt growth mechanisms: We study the melt growth mechanisms of various materials including semiconductors, metallic alloys and compounds to build a general theory of the melt growth mechanisms.
- Development of crystal growth technology for obtaining a high homogeneous and high quality multicrystalline Si (mc-Si) ingot for solar cells: We realize an mc-Si ingot for high-efficiency solar cells and contribute to construction of energy-environment harmonic society.
- Creating new materials: We create novel functional materials by metal flux methods.