Issei Nakamura

Issei Nakamura


  • Assistant Professor, Physics
  • PhD, Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University, Canada
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology


Issei Nakamura joined the Physics Department as an assistant professor. He earned his PhD in Physics at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, an MS in Physics from Osaka University in Japan and a BS in Physics from Tokyo University of Science. Before coming to Michigan Tech, Nakamura was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology. He soon became a professor in the Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has also worked as a system engineer in the Nomura Research Institute in Tokyo, Japan. His research focuses on theoretical particle physics, electromagnetics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, quantum mechanics, condensed matter physics, numerical programming, mathematical physics and special and general relativity.

Links of Interest

Areas of Expertise

Research Interests

  • Self-assembly of macromolecules
  • Ion solvation in liquids
  • Dielectric response of molecules under external electrostatic fields
  • Electrochemistry related to energy storage
  • Computer simulations for macromolecular systems
  • Radiation biology
  • Biological physics

Selected Publications

  • Liu, L. and Nakamura, I., “Solvation Energy of Ions in Polymers: Effects of Chain Length and Connectivity on Saturated Dipoles Near Ions”, J. Phys. Chem. B, Accepted (2017), DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcb.7b00671
  • Nakamura, I., “Spinodal Decomposition of a Polymer and Ionic liquid Mixture: Effects of Electrostatic Interactions and Hydrogen Bonds on Phase Instability”, Macromolecules, 49, 690-699 (2016)
  • Ren, C., Nakamura, I., and Wang, Z.-G., “Effects of Ion-Induced Crosslinking on the Phase Behavior in Salt-Doped Polymer Blends”, Macromolecules, 49, 425-431 (2016)
  • Chen, H.B. and Nakamura, I., “Effects of the Dielectric Response of Single-Component Liquids and Liquid Mixtures on Electrochemical Properties between Charged Plates”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 119, 24714–24723 (2015)
  • Nakamura, I., “Dipolar Self-Consistent Field Theory for Ionic Liquids: Effects of Dielectric Inhomogeneity in Ionic Liquids between Charged Plates”, J. Phys. Chem. C, 119, 7086-7094 (2015)
  • Duan, X. and Nakamura, I., “A New Lattice Monte Carlo Simulation for Dielectric Saturation in Ion-Containing Liquids”, Soft Matter, 11, 3566-3571 (2015)
  • Nakamura, I., “Synergistic Effects of Ion Pairs on the Dielectric Properties of Diblock Copolymer Melts”, Soft Matter (Communication), 10, 9596-9600 (2014)
  • Nakamura, I., “Ion Solvation in Polymer Blends and Block Copolymer Melts: Effects of Chain Length and Connectivity on the Reorganization of Dipoles”, J. Phys. Chem. B, 118, 5787-5796 (2014)
  • Nakamura, I. and Wang, Z.-G., “Thermodynamics of Salt-Doped Block Copolymers”, ACS Macro Lett., 3, 708-711 (2014)
  • Nakamura, I., Balsara N.P., and Wang, Z.-G., “First-Order Disordered-to-Lamellar Phase Transition in Lithium Salt-Doped Block Copolymers”, ACS Macro Lett., 2, 478-481 (2013).
  • Nakamura, I. and Wang, Z.-G., “Effects of Dielectric Inhomogeneity in Polyelectrolyte Solutions”, Soft Matter, 9, 5686-5690 (2013)
  • Nakamura, I., Shi, A.C., and Wang, Z.-G., “Ion Solvation in Liquid Mixtures: Effects of Solvent Reorganization”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 109, 257802 (2012)
  • Nakamura, I. and Wang, Z.-G., “Salt-doped Block Copolymers: Ion Distribution, Domain Spacing and Effective Parameter”, Soft Matter, 8, 9356-9367 (2012)
  • Nakamura, I., Balsara N.P., and Wang, Z.-G., “Thermodynamics of Ion-Containing Polymer Blends and Block Copolymers”, Phys. Rev. Lett., 107, 198301 (2011)