Materials Innovation
for Sustainable Development Goals




This meeting will bring together a panel of highly-accomplished experts in several interdisciplinary fields of Materials Science and Engineering. Lectures and discussions will encompass basic studies and applications on innovative areas and will address current topics of novel issues. This meeting consists of plenary sessions, clusters, and symposia.


Tutorial sessions with Japanese language will be provided for the beginners to complement the corresponding symposium sessions. The sessions will be held just before the Opening Plenary session of December 10.

Schedule at a glance

Plenary Talks

Plenary talks by these outstanding researchers will be held on cross-cutting and rapidly advancing themes focusing on this conference. More information on lectures will be updated soon.

Michael COEY

Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Magnetic Materials

Michael Coey is Professor Emeritus at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and author of several books and many papers on magnetism and magnetic materials. These include contributions to amorphous and disordered magnetic materials, permanent magnetism, magnetism of soils and minerals, dilute oxides and magneto-electrochemistry, with more recent work on magneto-microfluidics, spin electronics, d-zero magnetism and half metals. A Fellow of the Royal Society and Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Science, he has served as Chairman of the IUPAP Magnetism Commission, and Divisional Associate Editor of Physical Review Letters. He founded Magnetic Solutions Ltd and the Trinity College Science Gallery, and was a promoter of CRANN, Ireland’s nanoscience research centre. He was awarded the 2019 Max Born Medal by the German Physical Society.

Hans-Joachim FREUND

Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany


Hans-Joachim Freund is a scientific member and director at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin where he is head of the Department of Chemical Physics. The department is dedicated to the study of model catalysts, applying a large number of techniques and instruments, some of which were newly developed within the department to investigate oxide surfaces and oxide metal interfaces. He serves as Adjunct Professor at five universities in Germany and UK. He received awards in Europe, the US, and Asia. He is a member of six Academies including the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds three honorary Doctorates. He received the Gaede-Langmuir Award of the American Vacuum Society and is the recipient of the 2015 Michel Boudart for the Advancement of Catalysis by the North American Catalysis Society and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society and has published more than 815 scientific papers with more than 45.000 citations and given about 770 invited talks. He has held a number of named lectureships around the world. He has educated more than 130 PhD students and collaborated with more than 80 postdoctoral associates.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee, USA

Structural Materials

Prior to taking up his current position, George was Professor of Materials Design and Director of the Center for Interface Dominated High Performance Materials at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. Before that, he was a distinguished research staff member at ORNL where he led the Alloy Behavior and Design Group and was a joint faculty professor of materials science and engineering at UT. George earned his PhD in materials science and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and BTech in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. His current research interests include the physical metallurgy and mechanical properties of high-entropy alloys for structural applications, iridium and other refractory metals for space power applications, and size effects on mechanical behavior.


NREL Fellow, USA

Electronic Materials

Dr. David S. Ginley is currently Chief Scientist for Materials and Chemistry Science and Technology and a Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. He received his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from MIT and his BS in Chemistry from the Colorado School of Mines. He directs the Solar Energy Center for India and the US (SERIIUS) and is chief experimentalist for the EFRC Center for Next Generation Materials by Design. Current work focuses on advancing solar energy conversion and storage specifically in the areas of development and application of new materials by computational materials design in the areas of transparent conducting oxides, organic electronics materials, nano-materials and the development of process technology for materials and device development including; combinatorial methods, direct write materials, composite materials and non-vacuum processing. A key focus is looking at how to significantly reduce the cost of solar generated renewable energy through novel devices and processing. He has over 400 publications and 40 patents.


Universitat Leipzig Institut fur Experimentelle Physik, Germany


Marius Grundmann received his PhD (Dr. rer. nat., 1991) from Technische Universität Berlin (TUB). In 1992 he worked as post-doc at Bellcore, Red Bank, NJ, on quantum wires, then at TUB on self-organized semiconductor III-V quantum dots and devices based on them. Since 2000 he is professor for semiconductor physics at Universität Leipzig. His research interest is focused on oxide semiconductors in the form of bulk, thin films, heterostructures, microcavities and nanostructures for the use in transparent electronic devices and nanosystems. Among his most recent scientific achievements are the first general model for Raman scattering in anisotropic crystals, exceptional points in anisotropic micro-cavities and devices from amorphous zinc-tin-oxide and (p-type) copper iodide. He has published three books and over 550 journal papers with an h- index of 64 (WoS). He is a member of DPG, MRS, APS and Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig. He currently serves as Director of the Felix Bloch Institute for Solid State Physics of Universität Leipzig.


College de France, France


Jean-Marie Tarascon (1953) is Professor at the College de France holding the chair “Chemistry of solids – Energy). But much of his early career was spent in the United States where he discovered new electrolytes for Li-ion developed 1994) the plastic Li-ion technology. Back to France in 1995, he created the European network of excellence ALISTORE-ERI and more recently the French network on electrochemical energy storage (RS2E). Tarascon’s present research is devoted to batteries with emphasis on designing new materials and electrolytes, developing new eco-efficient synthesis processes, understanding reaction mechanisms, identifying novel reactivity concepts, and exploring chemistries beyond Li. .. He is the author of more than 650 scientific papers, and detains ~100 patents. He received many honours, with the last ones in 2017 being the CNRS innovation medal, the Galvani medal and the Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister’s Prize.


University of Tokyo, Japan

Computational Materials Design

TSUNEYUKI Shinji is Professor, Department of Physics, School of Science, TheUniversity of Tokyo from 2007. He received Ph. D of Physics, The University of Tokyoin 1990. His current research interest is in developing and applying methodologies ofcomputational physics to investigate basic problems in condensed matter physics,especially focusing on dynamics and correlation in many-body systems. Areas ofcurrent research include: Properties and structural transformation of materials underhigh pressure; Structures and reactions of atoms and molecules on solid surfaces;Quantum effect of light particles (protons, muons, etc.) in solids; Impurities inferroelectric materials; Electronic structure of proteins. He won Japan the IBM SciencePrize in Physics in 2001.


Each cluster consists of multiple symposia, which will have a joint session (cluster session) during the meeting period. The cluster is expected to be a priority research field in near future.

  1. Fundamentals for Materials
  2. New Trend of Materials Research
  3. Novel Structural Materials Based on New Principles
  4. Advanced Electronic Materials
  5. Magnet and Spintronics
  6. Energy
  7. Materials for Smart Systems
  8. Green Technology and Processing
  9. Biopolymers


The respective symposium provides keynote and invited talks, contributed lectures, and posters, focusing on specific topics.

Fundamentals for Materials

New Trend of Materials Research

Novel Structural Materials Based on New Principles

Advanced Electronic Materials

Magnet and Spintronics


Materials for Smart Systems

Green Technology and Processing


Themed Forum

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