Nobuo Tanaka


Research Professor of Institute for Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS), Nagoya University, Nagoya, 464-8603, Japan

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1979-90: Assistant Professor of Department of Applied Physics, Nagoya University.

1983-85: Visiting Scientist of Arizona State University, working with Prof. J. Cowley.

1990: Associate Professor of Nagoya University.

1999: Professor of Applied Physics, Nagoya University

2004: Professor of Ecotopia Science Institute (ESI), Nagoya University.

2012: Director of Ecotopia Science Institute, Nagoya University.

2015: President of Japanese Society of Microscopy (JSM)

2015: Professor Emeritus of Nagoya University.

2016: Research Professor of IMaSS and adjunct researcher of JFCC

2018: Past-president of JSM



Dr. Tanaka obtained Ph.D in Applied Physics of Nagoya University in 1978 by the research of growth of metal clusters on crystals. His majoring has been high-resolution and in-situ electron microscopy and diffraction of small particles and clusters. He is currently a designated professor of Institute of Materials and Systems. for Sustainability (IMaSS) of Nagoya University, Japan. He was the director of the institute from 2012 to 2015 and also the president of Japanese Society of Microscopy (JSM) from 2015-2017.  Dr. Tanaka is studying nano-structure science, thin film physics, catalysis science, and surface/interface physics by using aberration-corrected high-resolution electron microscopy including phase imaging, environmental electron microscopy and electron tomography. He is also interested in magnetic properties of transition metal clusters and micro-devices studied by using spin-polarized and vortex electron beams as well as EELS.



  • High-resolution electron microscopy, Environmental electron microscopy, and Three-dimensional electron microscopy of small clusters, interfaces and surfaces.
  • Study of magnetic properties of transition metal clusters and micro-devices by EELS, spin-polarized electrons and vortex electron beams.
  • Study of semiconductor interfaces by aberration corrected TEM/STEM.


Textbooks in English

  • N. Tanaka, "Electron Nano-imaging" (Springer, 2017)
  • N. Tanaka, "Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy for Nanomaterials" (Imperial College Press, 2014)
  • N. Tanaka, in "Imaging and Electron Physics" (ed. P. Hawkes, Academic Press, 2008)



  • Prize of Japanese Society of Electron Microscopy (Setoh Prize, 1995)
  • Scientific Paper-Prize of Japanese Society of Electron Microscopy (1991,2003, 2017, 2018)
  • International Metallurgical Photo Contest, The first Prize (1993, 1995, 1996)
  • Polymer Physics Paper-Prize from Society of Polymer Science, USA(2007)
  • Minister Prize from Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sport in Japan, for Development of Scientific Instrument and Its Applications(2014)
member since 2008