Masayuki Nishi received his Master and Doctor of Engineering from Kyoto University in 2002 and 2005, respectively. Upon receiving his doctoral degree, he worked at Kyoto University for 14 years before joining KUAS. He also has experience as a visiting research scientist at the International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass, Lehigh University in 2009.
Masayuki is currently interested in the preparation of probes for tip-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS). Knowing what elements are in a material, how the atoms are connected, and how they are aligned enables us to understand and improve the function of materials. With microscopy, we can examine materials in very small areas, and can examine individually very small materials such as nanomaterials. TERS can provide such chemical information of nanoscale regions. He and co-workers successfully prepared TERS probes with their original method: focused-ion-beam enabled area-selective electroless metal deposition. They are now focusing on improving their method and the TERS probes.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family; for example, going to playgrounds, visiting aquariums, zoos, and museums.