Tadanori Koga

Ph.D., 1998, Kyushu University. Japan
Dr. Tadanori Koga’s research interest is the development of “green?energy, manufacturing and processing: (i) green nanofabrication of polymer thin films using supercritical carbon dioxide, (ii) chemical recycling of waste plastic using supercritical water, and (iii) methane hydrate as a future energy resource. The key for these projects lies in the development of rational design strategies. For this purpose, he has been integrating a variety of in-situ and real-time x-ray/neutron/light scattering techniques for both surface/interface and bulk/solution structure analysis at synchrotron/neutron scattering facilities including the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS, Upton), Advanced Photon Source (APS, Argonne), and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, Gaithersburg).

As further applications of in-situ and real-time observation, he also focuses on self-assembling processes of soft matter systems (polymers, colloids, gels, membranes, etc.) under various external stimulants for achieving a fundamental understanding of the targeted phenomena and bringing the concept into future commercial applications.