Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame

Hirotaka Sakaue


Hirotaka (Taka) Sakaue

Office:  106 Hessert Laboratory

Phone:  574-631-4336


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Current Position
Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Ph.D., Philosophy, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Purdue University
M.S., Engineering, Purdue University
B.S., Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Research Interests
With an interdisciplinary study on fluid mechanics and chemistry, Dr. Sakaue has two columns of research topics: luminescent imaging and chemical flow control. The former uses a nano-structured sensor that acquires chemical or physical quantities as time-resolved imaging. Chemical or physical quantities can be oxygen, hydrogen, carbon dioxide, pressure, and temperature. The latter uses functional chemicals to control a flow or control a moving object in a flow. Currently, Dr. Sakaue develops a superhydrophobic coating for ice-prevention over an environmental surface.

Key Words
Chemical Flow Control using Hairy Structure
Luminescent Imaging for Pressure, Temperature, pH, CO2, Hydrogen, Oxygen

Relevant Energy Publications

  1. Sakaue, H., Morita, K., Kimura, S., “Dual-luminescence imaging for capturing time-resolved temperature distributions of two-phase flow,” DOI:10.1016/ j.ijmultiphaseflow. 2016.06.002, 2016.
  2. Morita, K., Sakaue, H., “Characterization Method of Hydrophobic Anti-Icing Coatings,” Review of Scientific Instruments, American Institute of Physics, Vol. 86, No. 11, 115108, 2015.
  3. Gregory, J. W., Sakaue, H., Liu, T., Sullivan, J. P., “Fast Pressure-Sensitive Paints for Flow and Acoustic Diagnostics,” Annual Reviews of Fluid Mechanics, Annual Reviews, DOI: 10.1146/annurev-fluid-010313-141304, 2014.
  4. Sakaue, H., Dan, R., Shimizu, M., Kazama, H. “In vivo pH Imaging System using Luminescent Indicator and Color Camera,” Review of Scientific Instruments, American Institute of Physics, Vol. 83, 076106, 2012.
  5. Sakaue, H., Ozaki, T., Ishikawa, H., “Global Oxygen Detection in Water Using Luminescent Probe on Anodized Aluminum,” Sensors, Molecular Diversity Preservation International, Vol. 9, No. 6, pp. 4151 – 4163, 2009.