Nagoya University Global COE Program: From Earth System Science to Basic and Clinical Environmental Studies


Program Members


Name Yutaka MATSUMI Yutaka MATSUMI
Position, Department Professor, Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory
Office Room 307, Inter-Departmental Education and Research Facilities, Building 1 (STEL)
Homepage Lab HP
Research Keywords Atmospheric Chemistry, Atmospheric Measurement Device Development, Aerosols, Greenhouse Gases


I work at the Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory. My work includes the development of measuring devices, based on new principles, for aerosols and trace gas elements in the atmosphere. These devices are then used for atmospheric measurement, allowing me to clarify the reactive processes and fluctuations of trace materials in the atmosphere, and study the impact of these on the earth's environment. I am looking forward to learning and researching together with talented graduate students as part of this Global COE.

Research Themes

  1. Elucidation of the fluctuation processes of greenhouse gases related to global warming
  2. Development of device capable of componential analysis of individual particles of floating particles (aerosols) in the atmosphere; investigation of adherence of atmospheric pollutants to yellow sand particles incoming to Japan
  3. Development of aerostatic CO2 sensor for performance verification the of Greenhouse Gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT)
  4. Development of high-sensitive, high-speed measuring device to detect levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) in the atmosphere; observation of NOx discharge levels on roads in large urban centers, and examination of reactive and diffusive processes of such
  5. Development of portable CO2 stable isotope measurement method using lasers
  6. Development of measurement device for optical characteristics that explain the impact of aerosols on climate.


1976 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology
1982 Ph.D., Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Followed by postdoctoral position at RIKEN (2 years), and 4 years in private enterprise
1990 Lecturer, Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University
1992 Associate Professor, Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University
1997 Professor, Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory (Atmospheric Environment Division), Nagoya University

Papers & Publications

  • Yutaka Matsumi and Masahiro Kawasaki, Photolysis of atmospheric ozone in the ultraviolet region, Chemical Reviews, 103, 4767-4781 (2003)
  • Yutaka Matsumi, Hiroyuki Shigemori, and Kenshi Takahashi, High-sensitive instrument for measuring atmospheric SO2, Atmospheric Environment, 39, 3177-3185, (2005).
  • K. Takahashi, E. Iwasaki, Y. Matsumi, Vacuum UV laser-induced ?uorescence study of the collisional removal of Br(2P1/2) atoms by small molecules, Chemical Physics Letters, 463, 50-53 (2008)

Lecture Courses Taught

Graduate School of Science: Atmospheric Chemistry

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