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Profiles of Division Researchers

This section will introduce the Division Researchers who joined CMSI in April 2014


David Sulzer

Molecular Science Division Researcher

Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University

Graduated in physicalcal-chemistry at the University of Strasbourg (France), and received a doctorate in theoretical chemistry in the same university. Engaged in research to enhance solar panel using theoretical methods at the Graduate School of Information Science, Nagoya University.





Motivation for applying for the position

To decipher the properties of matter and propose new technologies, I would like to develop and apply quantum chemistry methods. I think that using them to help finding alternative and more ecological ways to produce energy is an important and motivating purpose.



To develop a new approach to model and understand the electron transfer process in Dye Sensitizers Solar Cells (DSSC) at the edge between molecular and solid state simulations.


Provide a better understanding of the process occurring in DSSC and propose new molecules that could enhance the overall efficiency and cost of currently available solar panels.


Yasutaka Nishihara

Molecular Science Division Researcher

Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, The University of Tokyo

Majored in theoretical chemistry at the Graduate School of Science at Kyoto University and received a Doctorate (of Science).

Currently conducting research into the relationship between protein structures and functions at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences of The University of Tokyo.

Motivation for applying for the position

Research on protein structural changes are shifting to ever-broader spatial scales and ever-longer time scales. For this reason, large-scale parallel computing is needed, and I would like to acquire and apply those techniques



.To improve cascade-type massive parallel molecular simulation method, in order to develop method for efficiently inducing structural changes in protein and membrane systems.


To identify the movements of proteins on molecular level, in order to understand the mechanisms for protein functions and help to establish techniques for controlling these functions.



Moshiour Rahaman

Condensed Matter Physics Division Researcher

Department of Materials Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Majored in Materials Science at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and received his Ph.D.

Motivation for applying for the position

Conducting research at the nanoscale level in materials science.



To develop the non-equilibrium Green’s function (NEFG) techniques combined with real-space density functional theory (RSDFT) for investigating the electron transport of nano-materials.


Understanding thephysical properties of materials using the state-of-the-art first-principles method.