Masaki Azuma

1995-2004 Instructor, Inst. Chem. Res., Kyoto Univ.
2004-2010 Assoc. Prof., Inst. Chem. Res., Kyoto Univ.
2010-2016 Professor, Materials and Structures Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology
2016- Professor, IIR, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Field of Specialization
Solid State Chemistry/Physics and Materials Science

Laboratory for Materials and Structures(IIR, Tokyo Tech)

Research Hub Group:Materials and Devices international hub group

Research Highlights

  • Stabilization of PbCoO3 and discovery of unique charge distribution


  • Dec. 2016
    New material with ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism may lead to better computer memory
  • Nov. 2016
    Research group unravels 50 year mystery concerning lead chromate
  • Feb. 2014
    Tunable negative thermal expansion materials

Selected Awards

  • 2005
    Young Scientists’ Prize of Commendation for Science and Technology 2005 by MEXT
  • 2007
    Thomson Scientific Research Front Award 2007

Selected Publications 

  • Observation of a Spin Gap in SrCu2O3 Comprising Spin-1/2 Quasi-1D Two-Leg Ladders, M. Azuma, Z. Hiroi, M. Takano, K. Ishida and Y. Kitaoka, Phys. Rev. Lett., 73, 25 (1994) 3463-3466.  
  • Colossal negative thermal expansion in BiNiO3 induced by intermetallic charge transfer, M. Azuma, W-T Chen, H. Seki, M. Czapsli, S. Olga, K. Oka, M. Mizumaki, T. Watanuki, N. Ishimatsu, N. Kawamura, S. Ishiwata, M. G. Tucker, Y. Shimakawa, and J. P. Attfield,, Nature Communications, 2 (2011) 347
  • Enhanced piezoelectric response due to polarization rotation in cobalt-substituted BiFeO3 epitaxial thin films , K. Shimizu, H. Hojo, Y. Ikuhara, and M. Azuma, Adv. Mater., 28, (2016) 8639
  • Ferromagnetism at room temperature induced by spin structure change in BiFe1-xCoxO3 thin films, H. Hojo, R. Kawabe, H. Yamamoto, K. Mibu, and M. AzumaAdv. Mater. 2017, 1603131.