Osaka University
Graduate School of Engineering Science



Research Background

Research Topics

Our goals, methods, unsolved key issues, and technological applications are summarized in the upper figure. We focus on fluid fields with molecules, which contain heterogeneous boundaries and are different from the bulk, in a unified manner as a confined nanospace problem. Both theoretical and experimental researches have been carried out to elucidate novel phenomena of molecular flow dynamics with respect to physicochemical aspects and life, functioning under specific boundary conditions and constraints.

The lower figure presents theoretical background of molecular fluid mechanics. We are studying multi-scale and multi-physics problems with considerable accuracy in the self-consistent field based on Navier–Stokes equation for fluids, Boltzmann equation for molecules, and Schrödinger equation for quanta. 2

Theory Background

You can see details in:
[1] Kentaro DOI, Ikumi ONISHI, and Satoyuki KAWANO,
Ab initio Molecular Dynamics of H2 Dissociative Adsorption on Graphene Surfaces,
Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, Vol. 77, No. 2 (2011), pp. 113-136. 
[2] Satoyuki KAWANO and Futoshi NISHIMURA,
Numerical Analysis of Discharge Characteristics in Lithium Ion Batteries Using Multiphase Fluids Model,
Jpn. J. Appl. Phys., Vol. 44, No. 6A (2005), pp. 4218-4228.