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Takeuchi, Ichiro

Takeuchi, Ichiro

Graduate Program Director
Fellow, APS
Fellow, Japan Society of Applied Physics
Materials Science and Engineering
Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
1242 Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1996 

B.S., Caltech, 1987


  • NIST Distinguished Associate Accolade, Materials Measurement Laboratory (2021)
  • Elected International Fellow, Japan Society of Applied Physics (2020)
  • Distinguished Scholar - Teacher, University of Maryland (2018)
  • Senior Faculty Research Achievement Award, School of Engineering, University of Maryland (2018)
  • Elected APS Fellow (2011)
  • Invention of the Year Award, Physical Sciences Category, University of Maryland (2011)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Institute for Solid State Physics, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Japan (4/2007—8/2007)
  • Fellow by Special Appointment, Japan Science and Technology Agency (2007)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Applied Ceramics Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Yokohama, Japan (6/2004—3/2005)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2001)
  • Office of Naval Research, Young Investigator Program Award (2000)
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award (2000)
  • General Research Board Semester Research Award, University of Maryland (2000)
  • Associated Western Universities Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (1996-1999)
  • National Center for Electron Microscopy Visiting Scientist Fellowship, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (1999)


  • American Physical Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • TMS


Applications of combinatorial synthesis and characterization methodology to electronic, magnetic and smart materials; fabrication and characterization of novel multilayer thin-film devices; machine learning for materials science, caloric cooling materials and devices

Combinatorial Investigation of Functional Materials

We have developed a comprehensive methodology for rapid mapping of previously unexplored compositional landscape in search of novel multifunctional materials. A variety of thin film deposition tools are implemented for synthesis of combinatorial thin film libraries and composition spreads of various designs. A suite of rapid characterization tools are utilized for quantitative mapping of relevant physical properties across combinatorial libraries. These include microwave microscopes, a scanning magneto-optical Kerr measurement setup and scanning x-ray diffractometers. Current topics of interest include magnetistrictive materials, multiferroic materials, and shape memory alloys. Our recent emphasis has also been on development of informatics techniques to effectively handle, visualize, and analyze the large amount of data which are generated from the combinatorial experiments. We have a network of international collaborators with whom a number of combinatorial experiments are carried out at any given time.

Learn more about combinatorial materials science

Novel Multilayer Thin Film Devices

Previously I had worked on fabrication and characterization of superconducting thin film devices for over 10 years. My interest in novel functional devices now spans a range of other materials including magnetic materials and various smart materials. Our current projects include various multilayer multiferroic devices.

Scanning Probe Microscopy

Many of the rapid characterization tools used for screening combinatorial libraries are scanning probe microscopes. For instance, we work extensively with scanning SQUID microscopes (in collaboration with Neocera, Inc.) and scanning microwave microscopes. We have recently demonstrated high sensitivity scanning magnetic probe microscopy using a magnetoelectric device. Our current project includes development of novel microwave microscopy combined with atomic resolution STM for performing spin resonance measurements.

Current and Recent Group Members Include:
Adjunct Professors
  • A. Gilad Kusne (NIST)
  • Valentin Stanev
Research Scientists
  • Xiaohang Zhang
  • Tieren Gao
Postdoc Researchers
  • Heshan Yu
  • Rohit Pant

Graduate Students

  • Jihun Park
  • Haotong Liang
  • Felix Adams
  • Chih-Yu Lee
  • Ricmond Wang
  • Boyang Liu
  • Thomas Wong
  • Logan Saar
  • Dylan Kirsch
  • Samuel Freed
  • Sabrina Curtis
  • Justin Pearson

Undergraduate Students


ENMA 460/PHYS 431 Introduction to Solid State Physics

ENMA 437/637 Machine Learning for Materials Science

ENMA 481 Electronic and Optical Materials

ENMA 465 Microprocessing

Publications list

For a closer look at our research, take a look at the video links below:

  • Made of Star Stuff - PhD Student Justin Pearson, advised by Prof Takeuchi, discusses his thin film research.
  • Robot (Materials) Science: Can Watson Beat Edison?
  • Combinatorial Time Lapse
  • Dwight Quench: We have developed a technique where an entire thin film on a wafer can be quenched from a high temperature. In the movie, a thin-film composition spread wafer mounted inside a narrow high-vacuum chamber pumped by a cryopump is annealed in a furnace at 800 C. For quenching the wafer, it is “quickly” pulled out of the furnace, and the chamber is dunked in an ice bucket. This results in formation of quenched thin film phases as reported in Ref. 102, Applied Surface Science 254, 725 (2007) and Ref. 147, Nature Communications 2, 518.
  • FeCoNi XRD contourslices-2: Visualization of X-ray diffraction patterns from the entire Fe-Co-Ni composition spread. The big triangular shaped blob corresponds to the main fcc peak showing significant shift as a function of composition. The thin oval blob near the Fe end is the bcc main peak. Shown on the cover of Ref. 95.
  • IchiroCombi with Targets: Combinatorial pulsed laser deposition of epitaxial oxide thin films. The movie shows the synthesis process of an epitaxial composition spread onto a heated substrate. Two targets (with end compositions) are used to deposit alternating ultrathin gradient thickness wedges using a synchronized moving shutter gliding over the substrate. The thickness of the wedge is designed to be less than a unitcell. The deposition of hundreds of wedges results in mixing of the end compositions at the unitcell level during the deposition at an elevated temperature. The composition continuously varies on the substrate from one end composition to the other. Each composition spread sample is roughly 7-10 mm long. This technique is used for continuous substitution experiments. See for instance, Ref. 71,72, 85, 100.
  • XRDSuite: demo of early combinatorial X-ray diffraction data visualization and analysis tool. One can see a large number of diffraction patterns in a number of different ways.
  • NiMnAl – Sepctrum Scroller: Another demo movie of XRDSuite.
  • NiMnAl – Peak Plotter (Full Spectrum with Mag): Comparison of diffraction patterns of Ni-Mn-Al composition spread and magnetism. With one look, one can see which diffraction peaks (and phases) are responsible for the composition regions with strong remnant magnetization (measured by scanning SQUID).
  • Demo of CombiView: software to carry out rapid visualization and cluster analysis of a large number of diffraction patterns taken from combinatorial libraries.

Ichiro Takeuchi Elected Fellow of the Materials Research Society

The professor becomes the second in the department to earn this lifetime distinction.

LEGOLAS participates at U.S. Senate Robotics Showcase on Capitol Hill

UMD engineers demonstrate their autonomous robot science kit

Seven Current and Former Maryland MSE Students to Attend 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

The scholars will travel to Lindau, Germany in late June for a week-long discussion spanning the future of physics.

Reflecting on 20 Years of Excellence and Innovation

Materials Science and Engineering celebrated its anniversary on November 7, 2023.

MSE Research Featured on National News Network

Ichiro Takeuchi and Liangbing Hu discuss research innovations at The Circuit News. 

$2M NSF Grant to Advance Future of Semiconductors Technology and Workforce

UMD Researchers Will Work to Discover New Materials to Safeguard Nation’s Supply of Crucial Tech Hardware

Ten Maryland MSE Faculty Members Ranked in Top 2% of World Scientists

Elsevier releases updated science-wide database

UMD and NIST develop LEGO-based robots for teaching artificial intelligence

LEGOLAS kit offers autonomous experimentation and learning

Materials, physics, and systems for multicaloric cooling

UMD’s Ichiro Takeuchi published in Nature Reviews Materials

International research team sheds light on inner workings of unconventional superconductors

Study by UMD Materials Science Prof. Ichiro Takeuchi published in Nature.

Takeuchi Wins $488K DURIP Award

The funding will be used to purchase a novel PLD system for use in the UMD Nanocenter. 

Eric Marksz Awarded Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Thesis Award

Marksz will be honored at a virtual ceremony in May.

10 Maryland MSE Faculty Members Ranked in Top 2% of World Scientists

Report prepared by Stanford University experts.

MSE Undergraduate Student Haotong Liang Publishes First Author Paper

Liang published a study as co-first author in Physical Review Materials in December 2020, just days before completing his undergraduate degree.

UMD-NIST Self-Directing AI System Discovers New Material

‘CAMEO’ identifies a new compound that’s useful for photonic devices and next generation computers.

UMD Engineering Receives $22.8M from U.S. Army to Collaboratively Advance Additive Manufacturing Technology

The University of Maryland College Park's research partnership with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory will establish an ecosystem for revolutionary additive manufacturing technology and concepts to expedite national readiness and response.

Ichiro Takeuchi Named Fellow of the Japan Society of Applied Physics

The JSAP Fellow International Award recognizes significant contributions of scientists who reside outside of Japan.

MSE Professor Manfred Wuttig Retires, Transitions to Emeritus Professor

Wuttig contributed greatly to the Department for over 40 years.

MSE Ph.D. Candidate Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Dylan Kirsch, on track to complete his Ph.D. in 2022, is focused on high-performing thermoelectrics.

UMD receives two new DOE Building Technologies awards

Takeuchi and Aute to lead projects 

MSE Ranked #23 by U.S. News and World Report

UMD’s Materials Science and Engineering Department hits #23 in U.S. graduate school rankings – its highest ranking yet.

MSE Ph.D. Student Sabrina Curtis Invited to Attend 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting

Meeting scheduled to take place June 28 - July3, 2020, in Lindau, Germany.

MSE at UMD Hiring for Multiple Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Positions

Application review will begin November 1 and continue until all positions are filled.

UMD Hosts 4th Annual Machine Learning Bootcamp and Workshop

Hosted by the Clark School in the Kim Engineering Building August 5 - 9, 2019.

Perfect Quantum Portal Emerges at Exotic Interface

Junction between ordinary metal and a special superconductor provides robust platform to observe Klein Tunneling.

Algorithms and Autonomous Discovery

Professor Ichiro Takeuchi uses machine learning to help develop new magnetic materials.

MSE Students Thomas Farinha and Dylan Kirsch Honored at Clark Fellowship Reception

Both students are 2018 A. James Clark Fellowship recipients.

New multi-institute research center will explore 'spintronics' materials for advanced computing

Center will bring together experts from multiple Universities, including MSE's Ichiro Takeuchi.

UMD Research Team Develops Compact Solid State Cooling Technology

Device will have broad application, from cooling laptops to treating epilepsy.

Ichiro Takeuchi Receives Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award

Professor Takeuchi was honored at a ceremony on September 12.

Takeuchi Honored for Multiple Clark School Awards

Awards ceremony on Wednesday, September 12 @ 3:00 pm.

New Fuel Cell has Exceptional Power Density and Stability

Discovery presents a significant step toward lower fuel cell costs and more sustainable energy.

Catalini and Leininger win 2017 GDF-Suez Chuck Edwards Memorial Fellowships

Fellowships of $25,000 each help fund the students’ research.

Clark School Researchers Represented on Four 2017 MURI Awards

UMD is one of the top universities represented among the highly competitive grants awarded this year.

MSE Nanophysics Researcher Ichiro Takeuchi and team Step Closer to Quantum Computing Advances

A group of UMD researchers has found a novel way to send a supercurrent through the surface of an insulator.

Prof. Ichiro Takeuchi Joins a National Center for Spintronics Research

Combinatorial materials discovery will aid spintronic device development

Prof. Ray Phaneuf Appointed Acting Chair of Materials Science and Engineering

Professor Robert M. Briber named Clark School Associate Dean for Research.

Office of Naval Research Supports Design Development of Materials at UMD

DURIP grant funds new instrumentation in Combinatorial Synthesis Lab.

New Software Will Enhance Materials Science and Engineering’s Undergraduate Program

UMD wins one of six computational design toolkits from ASM International.

Rubloff One of 9 Finalists for UMD Invention of the Year

Office of Technology Commercialization to announce winners at the Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships, April 29.

UMERC Researchers Came Out in Force at the ARPA-E Summit

UMERC Faculty promoted their transformative energy research last week at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Alumnus Named “Breakthrough Star” by University of South Carolina

Jason Hattrick-Simpers (Ph.D. ’07) is a professor of chemical engineering.

MSE Alumnus Receives Inaugural Clark School Early Career Award

Nagarajan Valanoor (Ph.D. '01) honored at recent ceremony.

Searching for Replacements for Rare Earth Elements in Permanent Magnets

Fackler’s exploration of vicalloy using combinatorial materials synthesis wins awards.

MSE Alumnus Wins IEEE Young Investigator Award

Nagarajan Valanoor recognized for work in ferroelectrics.

Discover, Create, Deploy: Professors Contribute to Materials Genome Initiative

Maryland MSE professor, alumnus co-author white paper on enhancing “materials innovation infrastructure.”

$3.2M ARPA-E Award Supports Development of Combined Cooling/Heating/Power System

Takeuchi brings expertise in combinatorial materials science to fuel cell team.

DOE Report Considers Potential of Thermoelastic Cooling

Technology developed in the Clark School could power more efficient air conditioning.

Alumnus’ Self-Healing Catalyst Featured in Chemical & Engineering News

Hattrick-Simpers reports new strategy for preventing oxidation and waste.

Save the Date: NanoDay, June 11 -- Poster Session, Plenaries, EM Workshops and More

Registration and poster abstract submission will open soon

Self-Correcting, “Perfect Fault” Crystals May End Dropped Calls

Nature features Takeuchi’s, alumnus’ work on “crystalline sandwiches.”

Over Half of Tenured MSE Professors Are UMD "Research Leaders"

Division of Research honors faculty for funded research.

Wuttig Wins 2013 Senior Faculty Research Award

Department of Materials Science and Engineering professor honored for transformational research in his field.

UMD Awarded Three Department of Defense MURI Grants

Research teams at UMD receive grants for multidisciplinary research initiatives.

Wuttig Honored at National Meeting of the Materials Research Society

Professor's 80th birthday, career celebrated in special symposium.

Alumnus Wins Graduate Student Mentorship Awards

Professor Nagarajan Valanoor (Ph.D. '01) recognized for excellence in mentorship.

Rubloff Co-Authors Major DoE Report on Emerging Energy Technologies

Publication focuses on opportunities in mesoscale science.

$2.8M DOE Grant Funds Continued Development of Cooling Technology

Takeuchi leads team creating solid-state, highly efficient cooling systems.

MSE Faculty Are UMD "Research Leaders"

Half of department's full-time faculty honored by Division of Research.

Electron Microscopy Inspires Flexoelectric Theory Behind "Material on the Brink"

Takeuchi, Oak Ridge National Laboratory make new discoveries about unique, lead-free piezoelectric material.

Takeuchi, Collaborators Featured in NIST Annual Report

Center for Neutron Research highlights work on multiferroic epitaxial films.

Hunter Profiled in Annual Report

Alumnus, former Sloan Scholar recognized as "resilient member of NACME Continuum."

MSE@UMD Grads: The Next Generation of Faculty, Part 2

Jason Hattrick-Simpers (Ph.D. '07): Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina.

Takeuchi, Hunter in Nature Communications

Researchers report discovery of new magnetostrictive material.

Rabin, Rubloff, Takeuchi, and Wachsman Present at Sustainability Workshop

Presentations covered fuel cells, storage, reclaimed waste heat, thermoelastic cooling.

Novel "Smart" Metal: Physical Sciences Invention of the Year

Compact, efficient, environmentally friendly cooling system takes top honors.

Takeuchi Elected APS Fellow

Cited for pioneering work in combinatorial materials science.

$15M Neutron Scattering Collaboration with NIST Renewed

Briber leads effort to develop new instrumentation, measurement techniques.

Takeuchi, German Colleagues Collaborate on Materials Research

Ruhr University partnership generates new research, exchanges students and faculty members.

"Smart" Alloy Could Make Cooling Systems 175% More Efficient

$500K DOE ARPA-E grant for groundbreaking energy research.

Takeuchi, Multi-University Group Lead Materials Research

Departments of Defense, Energy fund $15M "combi" studies on superconductors, magnets.

Orloff Wins Awards for Research, Teaching

Takeuchi Group member works on novel ferroelectric materials.

Takeuchi Wins DURIP Grant

DOD award will fund new equipment and support defense research.

5 Professors Named 2009 Research Leaders

Faculty honored by university for bringing substantial sponsored research funds to campus.

$2M DARPA Grant for New Magnetometer Technology

Takeuchi, collaborators developing ultra-sensitive devices for threat detection, biomedical applications.

Professors Present at Sustainability Workshop

Rubloff, Takeuchi discuss environment- and energy-related research.

Takeuchi Research Featured in Industry Publication

Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry features work on lead-free piezoelectric.

Phaneuf, Takeuchi Promoted to Full Professorship

New rank effective July 1, 2009.

Takeuchi Interviewed About PZT Replacement

Professor featured on national syndicated news service.

Long Wins Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship

Award is 3rd received for work on data mining of combinatorial x-ray data.

Materials and Interface Nanotechnology Laboratory Opens

Research will include work on nanoparticles, nanowires.

Reducing Our Lead Footprint

Clark School engineers discover new material to reduce lead in electronics, landfills.

6 Professors Named 2008 Research Leaders

Briber, Phaneuf, Rabin, Rubloff, Takeuchi and Wuttig honored at luncheon.

New Lead-Free Material for Electronics

Lead-free piezoelectric material discovered with combinatorial thin film strategy.

Takeuchi Selected for Special NAE Symposium

"Frontiers of Engineering" targets exceptional young engineers.

Hattrick-Simpers Wins NIST/NRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Research will lay foundation for discovery of new hydrogen storage materials.

Long and Takeuchi Group Win Second Bruker AXS Scholarship

Doctoral student recognized for work in combinatorial materials science.

New Microscopes for NISP, Keck Labs

TEM and STM/microwave equipment will enhance research abilities.

Combinatorial Search of Ideal Shape Memory Alloys

Profs. Takeuchi and Wuttig have article published in Nature Materials

Takeuchi Review Makes Cover of "Materials Today"

Combinatorial materials science is cover story.

Long Wins Bruker AXS Scholarship

Award given for their work in advanced visualization and analysis techniques of X-ray microdiffraction data.

  • Japan Society of Applied Physics, 2020

  • APS, 2011