Akichika Kumatani Ph.D.

Job Associate Professor
Tohoku University Distinguished Researcher
JST PRESTO Researcher (Concurrent Post)
NIMS Invited Researcher (Concurrent Post)
Group Materials Physics Group
Laboratory Y.P. Chen-Kumatani Group (will open in a new tab)
Address Room 209/210/5A, AIMR Main Building, Katahira Campus
(2-1-1, Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577)
Tel +81-22-217-6159
E-Mail akichika.kumatani.e6@tohoku.ac.jp

Research Interests

  • Nanoscale electrochemical imaging
  • 2-D materials
  • Lithium-ion batteries and beyond
  • Scanning probe microscopy
  • Surface and Interface Science

Main Publication List

  • “Recent advances in scanning electrochemical microscopic analysis and visualization on lithium-ion battery electrodes”, A. Kumatani et al., Current Opinion in Electrochemistry, 22 228, 2020.
  • “High‐Resolution Electrochemical Mapping of the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction on Transition‐Metal Dichalcogenide Nanosheets”, Y. Takahashi et al., Angewandte Chemie International Edition 59 (9), 3601, 2021.
  • “Chemical Dopants on Edge of Holey Graphene Accelerate Electrochemical Hydrogen Evolution Reaction”, A. Kumatani et al., Advanced Science, 6 190019, 2019.
  • “Scanning electrochemical cell microscopy for visualization and local electrochemical activities of lithium-ion (de)intercalation process in lithium-ion batteries electrodes”, A. Kumatani et al., Surface and Interface Analysis, 51 27, 2019.
  • “Nanoscale visualization of redox activity at lithium-ion battery cathodes” Y. Takahashi, A. Kumatani et al., Nature Communications 2014 5:5450.


  • UCL MAPS Visiting Fellowship (2022)
  • Tohoku University Distinguished Researcher (2020)
  • King's STEM Distinguished Alumni Award (2020)
  • Commendation for Science and Technology by MEXT (2019)

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