Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, 2017-10-19

Tohoku University


This division is engaged in investigating the underlying functionalities of hydrides behind the bonding states of hydrogen and material design for the solution of energy and environmental issues based on the knowledge obtained. The main subject is the exploration of high-density hydrogen storage materials that provide the foundation for hydrogen technologies such as fuel cell. Actually, we design and synthesize the new complex and metal hydrides composed of lightweight metals with specific nanostructures, and analyze them using atomic/electronic characterizations and first-principles calculations. In addition to the hydrogen storage, we develop the wide research fields related to hydrides, e.g., ithium/sodium ionic conductors, and neutron shielding materials.

Materials science on hydrides with high-density hydrogen will be advanced; by synthesizing new hydrides composed mainly of 3d-Transition-Metals (TMs) for which hydrogen-densification is difficult (so called, the Hydride-Gap), by analyzing and building-up databases on them, and by enhancing their energy-related functions.

Key personnel

Prof. Shin-ichi Orimo

Prof. Shin-ichi Orimo received his Ph.D. in materials science/physics from Hiroshima University in 1995. He was a JSPS research fellow (1993-1995), a research associate in Hiroshima University (1995-2002), and a guest researcher at Max-Planck Institute for Metal Research for which he was funded by a Humboldt Fellowship and a MEXT Fellowship (1998-1999). He is currently a professor of Advanced Institute for Materials Research (as a Principal Investigator) and Institute of Materials Research (as a Head of Section), Tohoku University.


Prof. Shin-ichi Orimo Ph. D.
Institute for Materials Research
Tohoku University
2-1-1 Katahira
Sendai 980-8577, Japan

Phone: 0081 (22) 215-2093
Fax: 0081 (22) 215-2091

orimo AT imr DOT tohoku DOT ac DOT jp