Mineralogical Laboratory
Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University

MINERALOGICAL LABORATORY group focus on formation and evolution of the solar system materials from minerals occurring in the Earth and extraterrestrial materials coming from asteroids and comets. We aim to understand the precursor materials of the solar system and their evolution processes.

Our analytical apparatus such as FE-SEM, FE-SEM/FIB, FE-TEM/STEM, and XRD, and several high temperature furnaces make it possible to analyze minerals in nm scale and perform experiments of mineral formation, chemical reaction, and phase transformation under terrestrial and circumstellar environments. We also have been developing a TEM tomography technique in our lab and Micro X-ray CT technique at SPring-8.

Research topics

  • Growth, phase transition, and phase separation of minerals
  • Description of new minerals
  • Development of new analytical techniques (Micro X-ray Computer Tomography and TEM tomography)
  • Research on return samples by space crafts (Hayabusa, Apollo, and Stardust, and future missions such as Hayabusa 2)

Our recent publications are listed here.



Norimasa SHIMOBAYASHI (Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences)

Associate Professor

Akira MIYAKE (Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences)

Assistant Professor

Yohei IGAMI (Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences)

Assistant Professor

Toru MATSUMOTO (The Hakubi Center for Advanced Research/Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences)


Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Kyoto University
Kitashirakawa-Oiwakecho, Sakyo, Kyoto 606-8502, Japan