Birth Place

Ueno (Downtown) Tokyo, 1959


1984 BAS. Dept. of Pure & Applied Sciences, University of Tokyo

1989 Ph.D. Dept. of Pure & Applied Sciences, University of Tokyo


1989-1994 Research Associate (Dept. of Pure & Applied Sciences, University of Tokyo)

1990-1992 Post doctor (Dept. of Physics, University of Pennsylvania)

1994- Associate Professor (Saitama Study Center, The Open University of Japan (The University of the Air))

2003- Associate Professor (Dept. of Polymer Chemistry, Kyoto University)

2009- Professor (Dept. of Physics, Kindai University)


Soft and Complex Condensed Matter Physics

Research Area

Complex Morphology of Multicomponent Block Copolymers

Soft Quasicrystals, Materials Geometry

Activity & Topics

See also activity-page.

14 May 2007 Physical Review Focus

21 May 2007 Chemical Engineering News

21 March 2010 SPring-8

4 Oct. 2011 Cited in the announcement (No. 38) for the Nobel Prize Chemistry 2011

5 March. 2015 Science News, "Quasicrystals: The third type of solid"

2014 The origin of quasicrystal formation was elucidated in a letter appeared in Nature.

2017 J. Phys.: Condens. Matter, Special issue: Soft quasicrystals Guest Editors: P. Ziherl and T. Dotera

2017 A bronze-mean tiling was discovered in a letter of Nature Materials.

2019 Aperiodic approsimants were proposed in a paper of Nature Communications.

2019 A blog was posted in Nature research "Behind the Paper."

Nature Instagram.


The Physical Society of Japan (JPS) member

American Physical Society (APS) member (+DPOLY, GSOFT)

The Society of Polymer Science Japan (SPSJ) member

American Chemical Society (ACS) member

Materials Research Society (MRS) member

Research Group on Computational Polymer Science (RGCPS) member, Steering committee (-2009)

YITP Workshop "Soft Matter as Structured Materials" 2005 Organizers

Study Group on Labylinth (2009-)

International Advisory Board, AIWQ5 (2009), AIWQ6 (2011)

Program Committee, ICQ11 (2010), ICQ12 (2013)

Chair, International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) MS-57 (2014)

Advisor, JST, PRESTO "Hyper-nano-space design toward innovative functionality" (2013-2018)

Chair, Division 6, The Physical Society of Japan (2019)


Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics Prize for 2007


Courses (2004): Thermal Statistical Physics (senior), Fourier Analysis (sophomor)

Courses (2005): Chemical Mathematics (junior), Physics of complex liquids (graduate)

Courses (2006-2008): Differential and Integral calculaus in Natural Phenomena (freshman)

University of the Air (Japanese Open University) courses on Sky PerfecTV : Heat & Temperature, Motion & Force, Energy & Heat, and Computational Science

(2004) Nagoya University,
(2008) Tokyo Institute of Technology,
(2011) Chuo University

Selected Papers

[1] T. Dotera and P. J. Steinhardt, "Ising-Like Transition and Phason Unlocking in Icosahedral Quasicrystals," Physical Review Letters, 72 (1994) 1670-1673

[2] T. Dotera, "Cell Crystals: Kelvin's Polyhedra in Block Copolymer Melts," Physical Review Letters, 82 (1999) 105-108

[3] T. Dotera, "Tricontinuous Cubic Structures in ABC/A/C Copolymer and Homopolymer Blends," Physical Review Letters, 89 (2002) 205502
Fig. 1 was chosen for Nov. 11 (2002) cover illustration.

[4] Tohru Gemma, Akira Hatano and Tomonari Dotera, "Monte Carlo Simulations of the Morphology of ABC Starpolymers using the Diagonal Bond Method," Macromolecules 35 (2002) 3225-3237

[5] A. Takano, W. Kawashima, A. Noro, Y. Isono, N. Tanaka, T. Dotera and Y. Matsushita, "A Mesoscopic Archimedean Tiling Having a New Complexity in an ABC Star Polymer'' J. Polym. Sci. Part B: Polym. Phys. 43, (2005) 2427-2432

Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics Prize for 2007

[6] K. Hayashida, T. Dotera, A. Takano, and Y. Matsushita, "Polymeric quasicrystal: Mesoscopic quasicrystalline tiling in ABC star polymers" Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, (2007) 19550214 May 2007 Physical Review Focus

[7] T.Dotera, "Quasicrystals in Soft Matter" Israel Journal of Chemistry, 51, (2011) 1197-1205

[8] T. Dotera, T. Oshiro & P. Ziherl "Mosaic two-lengthscale quasicrystals" nature, 506, (2014) 208–211

[9] T. Dotera, S. Bekku & P. Ziherl "Bronze-mean hexagonal quasicrystal" nature materials, 16, (2017) 987–992

[10] J. Nakakura, P. Ziherl, J. Matsuzawa & T. Dotera "Metallic-mean quasicrystals as aperiodicapproximants of periodic crystals" nature communications, 10, (2019) 4235