Development and Applications of Bulk Glassy Alloys

Date: 9 October 2013
Speaker: Prof. Akihisa Inoue


Since the first syntheses of bulk glassy alloys for Mg- and La-based systems in 1989 and the subsequent findings of Zr-based bulk glassy alloy systems in 1990, an extremely large number of studies have been carried out with the aims of searching for new bulk glassy alloy systems, clarifying fundamental properties and finding novel application fields. This lecture aims to introduce the development history of bulk glassy alloys, their alloy systems and alloy components, structure, atomic configurations, glass-forming ability, production techniques and processes, fundamental properties, thermal stability, deformation and fracture behavior, viscous flow deformation, secondary working process and applications, in conjunction with bulk glassy alloys containing nanocrystals, dendritic crystals and nanoquasicrystals. Besides, this lecture aims to investigate the future prospects of bulk glassy alloys as novel useful materials which will be able to contribute to the developments of low-carbon and sustainable societies.

Speaker Bio

Prof. John R. Birge

Special Adviser to the Chancellor
Director, International Institute of Green Materials
Josai University Educational Corporation

1975 Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, Tohoku University


  • 2012 – Present : Special Adviser to the Chancellor, Josai University Educational Corporation, Japan
  • 2012 – Present : Director, International Institute of Green Materials, Josai University Educational Corporation, Japan
  • 2012 – Present : Overseas Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge University, UK
  • 2012 – Present : Emeritus Professor, Tohoku University, Japan
  • 2006 – Present : Member of the Japan Academy
  • 2012 – 2013 : Special Senior Adviser to President of Tohoku University, Tohoku University, Japan
  • 2006 – 2012 : President, Tohoku University, Japan
  • 2000 – 2006 : Director, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan
  • 1990 – 1997 : Professor, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan
Honors and Awards:
  • 2012 National One-Thousand Talented Invited Researcher, Chinese Government
  • 2011: Honorary Doctorate, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • 2010: Acta Materiallia Gold Medal
  • 2009: The 2009 James C. McGroddy Prize for New Materials (American Physical Society)
  • 2008: U.S.A. National Academy of Engineering, Foreign Member
  • 2006: Prime Minister Award, Industry-University-Government Cooperation Achievement Recognition
  • 2005: Honorary Doctorate, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
  • 2003: Kelly Lecture, University of Cambridge
  • 2002: Japan Academy Prize
Impact of Scientific Papers:
  • Total cited number of scientific papers identified by Institute for Scientific Information (ISI): 55000
    Highly Cited Paper: 104 (March 16, 2012)