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Junichi Miyamoto Hydrogen Research Award

In accordance with the wishes of the late Mr. Junichi Miyamoto, this scholarship is intended to contribute to the development of hydrogen research at Kyushu University. The award will provide tuition fee support for students with outstanding abilities in hydrogen research who are enrolled in the doctoral course,master’s course at Kyushu University and are expected to distinguish themselves as exceptional researchers in the future. The fund will enable such students to devote themselves to their research studies and contribute to the vitalization of the research activities in the graduate schools of Kyushu University.

The next call (for April 2023) is scheduled to start between December 2022 and January 2023.

(documents of October 2022) 

  1. Application guideline 2022OCT(PDF)
  2. Application form_October 2022
  3. Recommendation form October 2022

Award Winners

Autumn Semester 2021

Masahiro Yasutake

Affiliation1st year Ph. D student, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Hydrogen Energy Systems

Name Masahiro Yasutake
Title of the Research Developing Porous Transport Electrode for Low Iridium Loading and High Current Density Operation of Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Water Electrolysis (PEMWE)
Outline of Research Green hydrogen production by water electrolysis is a key technology for realizing a decarbonized society. The issue of high green hydrogen production cost is primarily due to operating expenditure and capital expenditure. PEMWE especially has clear advantage over other water electrolysis technologies due to its ability to operate at high current density. The overall electrode area could be reduced at high current density operation, leading to an overall reduction in capital expenditure. A significantly high amount of platinum group metal (PGM) catalyst used in the anode due to rate-determining anode reaction is also another issue. The objective of this research is to therefore develop a low PGM loading anode, while realizing high performance and high current density operation for overall reduction of capital expenditure. Currently, we have developed a novel anode, which has the potential to exhibit high catalytic activity and suppress mass transport resistance at high current density operation.
Activity Report, etc

Spring Semester 2022

Hikona Sakai

AffiliationIGSES, Plasma and Quantum Science and Engineering

Name Hikona Sakai
Title of the Research Elucidation of turbulence-driven transport physics in hydrogen isotope plasmas through development of measurement equipment
Outline of Research Through the development of a turbulence measurement system, the comprehensive understanding of plasma confinement by focusing on two physical phenomena in hydrogen isotope plasmas are aimed. The first is to clarify the behavior of turbulence and its contribution to transport inside the ITB (internal transport barrier), which has been reported to improve transport, through experiments and simulations. Second, the interaction between macroscopic fluctuations and turbulence excited by fast ions simulating α-particles generated in a fusion reactor and their transport changes will be pursued.

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