ECNU hires Japanese TEM savant as honorary professor


Yuichi Ikuhara (right) receives a certificate from Mei Bing (right).

Yuichi Ikuhara, a big name in spherical aberration-corrected TEM (Transmission Electron Microscope), was hired by ECNU as an honorary professor on April 14. 2016.

At a ceremony at the ECNU campus, the Japanese professor received a certificate from ECNU Vice President Mei Bing, witnessed by nearly 100 teachers and students of the university, including Zheng Zhengqi, head of the School of Information Science and Technology, and Duan Chungang, director of the Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices, Ministry of Education.

The professor of the University of Tokyo, who is also an academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, expressed heartfelt thanks to the honor he received and reminisced on his maiden voyage to Shanghai in 1987 and his cooperation with Chinese scientists in the past 30 years. He said he was looking forward to more cooperation with the Key Laboratory of Polar Materials and Devices, Ministry of Education. The two parties began to work together five years ago.

Yuichi Ikuhara

After the ceremony, Ikuhara delivered a speech titled Grain Boundary Segregation, Vacancies and Properties in Oxides, explaining the application of spherical aberration-corrected Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) in the research of oxide material grain boundary segregation, defect and performance. He also introduced the ABF (Annular Bright Field) and Differential Photocalorimetry (DPC), pointing out that the technologies can play a key role in the research of polarization information function oxide material interface structure, local electrical fields and magnetic fields.

Recognized as an influential ceramics and STEM specialist worldwide, Ikuhara and his team have made remarkable achievements in the field. They brought out the ABF technology, a sensational breakthrough in the observation of the atomic resolution of hydrogen and Lithium. He became an academician of the World Academy of Ceramics in 2013. He has received more than 20 international prizes, including the Humboldt Research Award from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and Fulrath Award (Academic) from the American Ceramics Society. He also tutors a lot of Ph. D. students from China and has contributed greatly to the training of Chinese TEM talent. 


East China Normal University