PEAK Staff Profile

Fumitaka Mafune, Doctor of Science (University of Tokyo)
Professor – Environmental Sciences

Contact : mafune[at]


Fumitaka Mafune Prof. Mafune began his academic career as an undergraduate student at the University of Tokyo in Japan, where he stayed to study for his doctorate at the Quantum Chemistry Laboratory. He began his academic career as a Research Associate working at the University of Tokyo, where he developed Liquid Surface Chemistry using a unique Liquid Beam method. In 2000, he was awarded the Chemical Society of Japan’s Young Researchers Award. In 1997, he moved to Toyota Technological Institute as a Research Associate, a Lecturer and later an Associate Professor before becoming an Associate Professor at the School of Arts and Sciences in the University of Tokyo in 2003.

Research Interests

Prof. Mafune’s research centers on the development of totally new catalysts for the reduction of NOx and CO generated in combustion processes. His group has developed new experimental methodologies to simultaneously produce multi-element materials with different stoichiometries, and to screen their catalytic reactivities using an in-line analytical technique. The scientific approach is very unique, fusing concepts from molecular science, the environmental sciences and nanotechnology. One of the goals of the research is to develop a new catalyst composed of ubiquitous elements.

Selected Publications

Catalytic Reactions on Neutral Rh Oxide Clusters More Efficient than on Neutral Rh Clusters, Akira Yamada, Ken Miyajima, Fumitaka Mafuné, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 14, 4188-4195, 2012.
Gas Phase Synthesis of Au Clusters Deposited on Titanium Oxide Clusters and their Reactivity with CO molecules, Hidenori Himeno, Ken Miyajima, Tomokazu Yasuike, Fumitaka Mafune, J. Phys. Chem. A. 115, 11479-11485, 2011.
Solvation Structures of Iodide on and below a Surface of Aqueous Solution Studied by Photodetechment Spectroscopy, Yojiro Hiranuma, Keisuke Kaniwa, Makoto Shoji, Fumitaka Mafuné, J. Phys. Chem. A. 115, 8493-8497, 2011.
Nano-alloy formation of Ta-containing tri-metallic small clusters, Ken Miyajima, Hidenori Himeno, Akira Yamada, Hirotaka Yamamoto, Fumitaka Mafuné, J. Phys. Chem. A. 115, 1516-1520, 2011.
Reactivity of Group 5 Bielement Clusters with H2, Ken Miyajima, Naoya Fukushima, Fumitaka Mafuné, J. Phys. Chem. A. 113, 4858-4861, 2009.