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Mitsu Murayama

Associate Professor

Primary mailing address:
1991 Kraft Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 USA

Secondary mailing address:
710 Drillfield Drive
Holden Hall
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 USA

Office Phone: 540.357.0466


Mitsuhiro (Mitsu) Murayama is an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Virginia Tech, concentrating in the area of nanoscale materials characterization using Transmission Electron Microscopy. He received his B.S, M.S. and Ph.D. (in 1996) from the University of Tohoku, Japan. He was a senior researcher at the National Institute for Materials Science in Japan (one of the worlds' largest materials science institutes) for 11 years and has more than 20 years of research experience in nano-scale materials characterization, with many state-of-the-art analytical techniques including Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy, ion channeling spectroscopy, field ion microscopy/atom probe and analytical electron microscopy. He has maintained well-established collaborations with academia and industry even after he moved on to the U.S.

Research interests:

Nanoscale materials characterization using analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) techniques. Understanding materials' properties – nanostructure relationships, including surface reduction/oxidation (nanogeochemistry, corrosion, passivation), physical metallurgy (phase transformation, precipitation), dynamic study of nanoparticles (in-situ heating, plasmon spectroscopy) and catalytic materials. He currently enhances his efforts in applying electron energy loss spectroscopy and STEM- tomography techniques to nanoscale phase transformations, basic energy science, and nanogeochemistry problems. MItsu is also a core faculty of Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science (ICTAS), and he has been supervising the transmission electron microscopy part of the Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory (NCFL), typified by the FEI TITAN 80-300.

He focuses his teaching effort on practical transmission electron microscopy (TEM). He enjoys teaching introductory level microscopy, electron diffraction and electron-based spectroscopy to graduate and undergraduate students who never touch electron microscopes (MSE5134 & MSE4334).

TITAN 300 at the NCFL