Researcher's Profile

  • Associate Professor
  • Makoto WATANABE
  • High Performance Materials


March 2000 PhD, School of Engineering, Univ. of Tokyo (UTokyo)
August 2000 Visiting Fellow, Princeton University
April 2002 Research Associate, Unieristy of California Santa Barbara
April 2004 Researcher, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
April 2005 Senior Researcher, NIMS
April 2014 Senior Researcher, NIMS
April 2016 Group Leader, NIMS
April 2017 Associate Professor, RCAST, UTokyo
March 2020 Contract expiration

Research Interests

I have been studying thermal spray coatings, 3D printing, and non-destructive evaluation (NDE). Thermal spraying has been usually used for a protective coating for harsh environment such as thermal barrier, corrosion and wear resistant coatings. Also recent new thermal spray processes such as cold spraying and warm spraying have very interesting possibilities to use for repair of structural materials. It is of crucial importance to understand the microstructure of the fabricated materials and the mechanical properties and performances. NDE researches are also quite important technologies to understand the process and to assure the reliability of the developed materials. Detection of material degradation has been studied by various sensing techniques such as ultrasonic and laser-ultrasonic, terahertz wave technology, and X-ray computed tomography.
By developing novel additive manufacturing processes and sensing techniques, in near future, I want to develop smart materials, which can sense degradation and failure in themselves and can prevent further damage evolution by themselves. With the aid of computation material science and data science, “materials integration”, we accelerate our research progress and challenge to develop innovative smart materials.

Schematic of Researches
Schematic of Researches


  • June 2017 Academic Encouragement Award, The Japanese Socieity for Non-Destructive Inspection, 2016
  • June 2017 Academic Encouragement Award, The Japanese Socieity for Non-Destructive Inspection, 2016
  • May 2012 Outstanding Review Paper Award, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 2011
  • September 2011 Best Paper Award, Journal of Thermal Spray Technology, 2010
  • May 2011 Best Review Award, Journal of High Temperature Society, 2010
  • June 2008 Certification of Merit, International Thermal Spray Conference 2008
  • June 2008 Encouragement Award, Japan Thermal Spray Society 2007 Spring Meeting
  • May 2007 Best Paper Award, International Thermal Spray Conference 2007
  • November 2006 Best Oral Presentation Award, Asian Thermal Spray Conference 2006
  • March 2006 Cirtification of Merit, International Thermal Spray Conference 2006
  • March 2002 Best Paper Award, Science and Technology of Advanced Materials


Thermal Barrier and Wear Resistant Coatings, Non-Destructive Evaluation, Materials Integration

Edudational Systems

  • Department of Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate school of Engineering
  • Department of Materials Engineering, Graduate school of Engineering

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