Professor Yusuke Yamauchi

Senior Group Leader

Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
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Professor Yusuke Yamauchi received his Bachelor's degree (2003), Master's degree (2004), and Ph.D. degree (2007) from the Waseda University, Japan. After receiving his Ph.D., he joined the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS), Japan, to start his own research group. At the same time, he started to serve as an adjunct professor to supervise Ph.D. students at the Department of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Waseda University. After being granted the ARC Future Fellowship, in May 2016, he joined the Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials (ISEM), the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM), the University of Wollongong (UOW) as a Professor. In 2018, he moved to the University of Queensland (UQ). Presently, he is a Senior Group Leader at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) (on secondment from the School of Chemical Engineering until 2026), a Professor at the School of Chemical Engineering, and a Director at the Australian Materials nanoTectonic Centre. He concurrently serves as an ERATO Research Director at the JST-ERATO Yamauchi Materials Space-Tectonics, a Group Leader at the Mesoscale Materials Chemistry Group, the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), a Visiting Professor at the Waseda University, an Advisory Board Member of prestigious journals (Small, Small Structures, ChemCatChem, J. Inorg. Organomet. Polym. Mater., etc.), and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Materials Chemistry A published by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) and Chemical Engineering Journal (Elsevier).

He has published more than 850 papers in international refereed journals (>10 Nature's and Science's sister journals, >20 J Am Chem Soc, >10 ACS Nano, >10 Chem Sci, >30 Angew Chem Int Ed, >25 Chem Mater, >10 Mater Hor, etc.) with > 50,000 citations (h-index > 115, Google Scholar; h-index > 100 Web-of-Science). He is selected as one of the Highly-Cited Researchers in Chemistry in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 and in Materials Science in 2020. He has received many outstanding awards, such as the NISTEP Award by the National Institute of Science and Technology Policy (2016), the Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) Award for Young Chemists (2014), the Young Scientists' Prize of the Commendation for Science and Technology by MEXT (2013), the PCCP Prize by the Royal Society of Chemistry (2013), the Tsukuba Encouragement Prize (2012), the Ceramic Society of Japan (CerSJ) Award (2010), and the Inoue Research Award for Young Scientists (2010). Recently, he was selected as one of Australia's Top 40 Researchers of Research Report published by The Australian in 2019 and 2020.


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Professor Yusuke Yamauchi specialises in the design of functional nanospaces in inorganic materials with controlled compositions and morphologies toward practical applications. Professor Yamauchi focuses on a new conceptual paradigm "nanoarchitectonics" for the design of novel nanocrystals and nanoporous materials toward various applications including batteries, fuel cells, solar cells, chemical sensors, field emitters, and photonic devices. Specifically, nanoporous metals can be produced through surfactant-based synthesis assisted by electrochemical methods. Owing to their metallic frameworks, nanoporous metals possess high electroconductivity and high surface areas, holding promise for a wide range of electrochemical applications. Furthermore, he has developed several approaches towards controlling the orientation of tubular nanochannels. The controlling the geometry of nanochannels at a macroscopic-scale is important for innovative applications such as chemical devices and electrodes with enhanced diffusions of guest species.


[1] TBA (2020) Science.

[2] TBA (2020) Nature Protocols.

[3] Wang J, Malgras V, Sugahara Y, Yamauchi Y. (2021) Electrochemical energy storage performance of 2D nanoarchitectured hybrid materials. Nature Communications 12, 3563.

[4] Lim H, Kani K, Henzie J, Nagaura T, Nugraha AS, Iqbal M, Ok YS, Hossain MSA, Band Y, Wu KCW, Kim HJ, Rowan AE, Na J, Yamauchi Y. (2020) A universal approach for the synthesis of mesoporous gold, palladium and platinum films for applications in electrocatalysis. Nature Protocols 15, 2980.

[5] Yamauchi Y. (2019) Nano-architect (Nature Index 2019). Nature 567, S12.

[6] Wang J, Tang J, Ding B, Malgras V, Chang Z, Hao X, Wang Y, Dou H, Zhang X, Yamauchi Y. (2017) Hierarchical porous carbons with layer-by-layer motif architectures from confined soft-template self-assembly in layered materials. Nature Communications 8, 15717.

[7] Jiang B, Li C, Dag Ö, Abe H, Takei T, Imai T, Hossain MSA, Islam M, Wood K, Henzie J, Yamauchi Y. (2017) Mesoporous metallic rhodium nanoparticles. Nature Communications 8, 15581.

[8] Tang J, Yamauchi Y. (2016) Carbon materials: MOF morphologies in control. Nature Chemistry 8, 638.

[9] Li C, Dag Ö, Dao TD, Nagao T, Sakamoto Y, Kimura T, Terasaki O, Yamauchi Y. (2015) Electrochemical synthesis of mesoporous gold films toward mesospace-stimulated optical properties. Nature Communications 6, 6608.

[10] Geng F, Ma R, Nakamura A, Akatsuka K, Ebina Y, Yamauchi Y, Miyamoto N, Tateyama Y, Sasaki T. (2013) Unusually stable ~100-fold reversible and instantaneous swelling of inorganic layered materials. Nature Communications, 4, 163210


  • Doctor of Engineering, Waseda University
  • Master of Engineering, Waseda University
  • Bachelor of Engineering, Waseda University


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Conference Publication

  • Huang, Yu-Tzu, Lai, Chung-Wei, Wu, Bo-Wei, Lin, Kuen-Song, Wu, Jeffrey C. S., Hossain, Md Shahriar A., Yamauchi, Yusuke and Wu, Kevin C. W. (2017). Advances in bioconversion of microalgae with high biomass and lipid productivity. International Symposium on Catalytic Conversions of Biomass (ISCCB), Taipei, Taiwan, 27-30 June 2016. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Elsevier . doi: 10.1016/j.jtice.2017.05.026

  • Tang, Jing, Wang, Tao, Malgras, Victor, Kim, Jung Ho, Yamauchi, Yusuke and He, Jianping (2015). A Facile Preparation of Mesoporous Carbon Composites with Well-Dispersed Pd Nanoparticles and Their Utilization as Supports for Pt Catalysts. 10th International Symposium on Electrochemical Micro and Nanosystem Technology (EMNT), Okinawa Japan, 5-8 November 2014. Oxford United Kingdom: Pergamon Press. doi: 10.1016/j.electacta.2015.04.154

  • Li, Yunqi, Bastakoti, Bishnu Prasad, Li, Cuiling, Malgras, Victor, Ishihara, Shinsuke and Yamauchi, Yusuke (2015). Block Copolymer-Assisted Solvothermal Synthesis of Bimetallic Pt-Pd Nanoparticles. 10th International Symposium on Electrochemical Micro and Nanosystem Technology (EMNT), Okinawa Japan, 5-8 November 2014. Oxford, United Kingdom : Pergamon Press. doi: 10.1016/j.electacta.2015.05.061

  • Li, Cuiling, Malgras, Victor, Alshehri, Saad M., Kim, Jung Ho and Yamauchi, Yusuke (2015). Electrochemical Synthesis of Mesoporous Pt Nanowires with Highly Electrocatalytic Activity toward Methanol Oxidation Reaction. 10th International Symposium on Electrochemical Micro and Nanosystem Technology (EMNT), Okinawa Japan, 5-8 November 2014. Oxford, United Kingdom : Pergamon Press. doi: 10.1016/j.electacta.2015.04.028

  • Salunkhe, Rahul R., Zakaria, Mohamed B., Kamachi, Yuichiro, Alshehri, Saad M., Ahamad, Tansir, Torad, Nagy L., Dou, Shi Xue, Kim, Jung Ho and Yamauchi, Yusuke (2015). Fabrication of Asymmetric Supercapacitors Based on Coordination Polymer Derived Nanoporous Materials. 10th International Symposium on Electrochemical Micro and Nanosystem Technology (EMNT), Okinawa Japan, 5-8 November 2014. Oxford United Kingdom: Pergamon Press. doi: 10.1016/j.electacta.2015.05.034

  • Aogaki, R., Morimoto, R., Sugiyama, A., Mogi, I., Asanuma, M., Miura, M., Oshikiri, Y. and Yamauchi, Y. (2014). Magneto-Rotational Symmetry in Chiral Magnetoelectrodeposition. 15th Czech and Slovak Conference on Magnetism (CSMAG), Kosice Slovakia, June 17-21 2013. Warsaw, Poland: Polska Akademia Nauk * Instytut Fizyki. doi: 10.12693/APhysPolA.126.378

  • Zakaria, Mohamed B., Suzuki, Norihiro, Shimasaki, Kotaro, Miyamoto, Nobuyoshi, Huang, Yu-Tzu and Yamauchi, Yusuke (2012). Synthesis of mesoporous titania nanoparticles with anatase frameworks and investigation of their photocatalytic performance. 5th International Conference on Surfaces, Coatings and Nanostructured Materials (NANOSMAT), Reims, France, 19-21 October 2010. Valencia, CA, United States: American Scientific Publishers. doi: 10.1166/jnn.2012.6205

  • Yamauchi, Y, Nair, SS, Yokoshima, T, Momma, T, Osaka, T and Kuroda, K (2005). Synthesis and characterization of mesostructured alloys with controlled compositions. 4th International Symposium on Nanoporous Materials, Niagara Falls Canada, Jun 07-10, 2005. AMSTERDAM: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision