Strong Correlation Materials Research Group

Principal Investigator

PI Name Yasujiro Taguchi
Degree D.Eng.
Title Group Director
Brief Resume
1993Researcher, SONY Corporation
1997Research Associate, University of Tokyo
2002D.Eng., University of Tokyo
2002Associate Professor, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University
2007Team Leader, Exploratory Materials Team, RIKEN
2010Team Leader, Strong-Correlation Materials Research Team, RIKEN
2013Team Leader, Strong Correlation Materials Research Team, Strong Correlation Physics Division, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science
2018Group Director, Strong Correlation Materials Research Group, Strong Correlation Physics Division, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science (-present)


Our group aims at obtaining gigantic cross-correlation responses, understanding their mechanisms, and developing new functions in strongly-correlated-electron bulk materials, such as transition-metal oxides. To this end, we try to synthesize a wide range of materials using various methods, including high-pressure techniques, and investigate their physical properties. Specific targets are: (1) exploration of new skyrmion materials; (2) obtaining gigantic magnetoelectric responses in mutiferroic materials at high temperatures; (3) exploration of new magnetic semiconductors; (4) exploration of new thermoelectric materials; and (5) exploration of new superconductors.

Research Fields

Physics, Engineering, Materials Sciences


Strongly correlated electron system
Thermoelectric effect
Magnetocaloric effect


Room-temperature skymion and transformation of skymion-lattice in metastable state

Skyrmion is a magnetic vortex with a nano-meter size which behaves as a topologically protected stable particle, and anticipated to be applied to high-performance magnetic memory devices. However, chiral-skyrmion formation has been observed only below 280 K thus far, and new materials that exhibit skyrmions at higher temperatures have been desired from the viewpoint of applications. Recently, our team discovered a Co-Zn-Mn alloy system with a cubic and chiral, b-Mn type structure that exhibits skyrmion-lattice at and above room temperature. Furthermore, it was found that the skyrmion lattice persists as a metastable state in a very wide range of temperature and magnetic field when cooled down from the thermally equilibrium phase in the applied magnetic field. It was also discovered that the skyrmion lattice undergoes a transformation from a conventional triangular lattice to a novel square lattice during the field-cooling process.

Transformation of skyrmion-latice.


Yasujiro Taguchi

Group Director y-taguchi[at] R
Markus Wilhelm Bernhard Kriener Senior Research Scientist markus.kriener[at] R
Kosuke Karube Research Scientist kosuke.karube[at] R
Akiko Kikkawa Technical Scientist kikkawa[at] R

Satoshi Shimano

Visiting Scientist

Atsunori Doi

Visiting Technician



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