We will establish a system that will actively promote back-casting-style research based on predicting future needs, while respecting bottom-up-style research based on free-thinking by individual research institutes. This will be achieved through coordinated cooperation between the two groups of research institutes; one to develop nanotechnologies by carrying out fundamental research into nano- and meso-materials, and the other to conduct research into nanotech devices for making practical use of the developed technologies.
Research Institute for Nanotechnology
Director: Prof. SHOJI,Shuichi
We promote the cutting-edge researches and the systematic human resource development in the field of Nanotechnology. We equipped the various facilities and joined the projects such as “Nanotechnology Platform” and “Material DX Platform”.
The institute is supporting also general companies and public organizations. We provide technical support service in the field of nanofabrication. These public share-use facilities are located in the “Nanotechnology Research Center”, and the researchers supported by the technical staff have extensive knowledge and experience. Following a process, we will contribute to construction of the research infrastructure of nanotechnology, and promote industrial-academic-government cooperation and combined research.
Research Institute for Mesoscale Materials
Director: Prof. KURODA,Kazuyuki
The Institute was closed down on March 31, 2020.
The institute aims to develop scientific and practically important aspects of mesoscale science. Creation of novel materials technology, related to the overcome of the issues on critical law materials, is important for Japan’s industrial development. The Institute is intended to create and establish materials design based on mesoscale chemistry that connects both science and practical applications. The following aspects are mainly involved. 1) Design of higher-order structures by integration of building blocks, 2) Precise control of composition, structure, and morphology of materials, and 3) Preparation of mesoporous materials and inorganic-organic hybrid mesostructured materials.
Research Institute for Low-power Consumption Optical Interconnection
Director: Prof. UTAKA,Katsuyuki
Huge increase of power consumption in ICT associated with explosive increase of information traffic has become a serious social issue. Especially, it is prominent for routers in internet and servers in data centers. The aim of our laboratory is to contribute to realize low-power consumption ICT society, especially to develop low-power consumption optical interconnections between servers and even CPUs in data centers. For this purpose we study a wide range from architectures of photonic networks and CPUs, related optical devices using Si photonics and device processing including nano-technology.
Research Institute of Green Device
Director: Prof. KAWARADA,Hiroshi
The Institute was closed down on March 31, 2019.
More efficient energy conversion based on electric-electric, photonic-electric and photonic-photonic systems are focused on “green device research”. In electric-electric conversion, less power consuming invertors and convertors change frequency of AC power smoothly. The size of power controlling unit will be dramatically miniaturized by compact power device which is realized by wide bandgap semiconductors such as SiC, GaN, and diamond. Photonic-electric energy conversion system such as solar batteries are studied mainly on new organic materials and polycrystalline silicon. Those opto-electric materials are produced by environmental load-reducing process, which are advantageous for expanding coverage area and reducing cost. Photonic-photonic conversion contributes to high density optical communication from infrastructure to integrated circuits. Those “green devices” are highly expected to reduce CO2 emission.
Nano-processes Research Center
Director: Prof. MATSUKATA,Masahiko
In order to solve global energy and environmental problems toward the year 2050, innovations in materials and chemical processes will be essential. Our goals are to achieve ultra-selective reactions, arrangements and formation of highly ordered structures of atoms and molecules at a practical level, and to create innovative material conversion and separation processes and environmental purification technologies through concurrent research and development of processes and systems that utilize these technologies. For this purpose, we are developing new catalysts, separation membranes, and adsorbents that will contribute to the social implementation of carbon recycling, circularization of resources, and purification of the environment in upstream industries such as resource production, energy conversion, and production of fuels and chemicals, and performing research and development of energy-saving and high-efficiency processes incorporating these catalysts, separation membranes, and adsorbents. We also aim to develop highly efficient manufacturing processes for highly functional carbon materials, etc., and to promote the research and development of new devices.
Future Innovation Institute
Director: Prof. OSAKA,Tetsuya
In coming super-aged society in Japan, to keep economic activity at the highest global standards, a remarkable increase in life expectancy would immediately be desired. To monitor daily and easily disease risks (adult diseases etc.), we propose a novel biosensing system integrated into people’s everyday life. In the laboratory, we will develop a ultra-small field effect transistor (FET) biosensors, combined with communication tags, to detect health determinant biomarkers in body fluid such as saliva, sweat and urine, leading to the life innovation based on Japan’s world-class semiconductor technology.
Integrated Institute for Regulatory Science
Director: Prof. TAKEYAMA,Haruko
This Institute intends to serve by contributing to sustainable developments by promoting basic research, and making technological advancements in fields of life science, medical care, and the environment with the dream of developing a futuristic society. We hold seminars and symposiums for the academic community, including students, to enrich scientific knowledge and stimulate logical thinking. We contribute to human resource development in the scientific fields promoted by the institute through education and scientific research. Our center conducts advanced scientific research promoting collaborative efforts among industry, government, and academia. Moreover, we actively contribute to social implementation of practically useful scientific knowledge, and recommended policy changes in science and technology. The center aims to become a research hub for addressing important issues involving the environment, medical technologies, and human health. The main research areas we currently focus on are, (1) bioscience and bioengineering, (2) health and food science, (3) biomarker detection and screening, and (4) environmental science.
Alkaline Energy Device Research Institute
Director: Prof. HOMMA, Takayuki
For the early realization of low carbon society, the development of highly efficient and ubiquitous energy conversion devices is an important issue. Although many devices, such as various secondary batteries including lithium-ion batteries, fuel cells, and electrolytic cells, have already been put to practical application and popularization, there is plenty of room for improvement in performance and durability. Japan is currently a world-leading country in this field, however, continuous technological innovation is necessary to maintain the superiority in the future. Especially, the development of polymer thin films and high-performance electrode catalysts which enable the reduction in size and weight plays the key of the next generation energy devices. For example, in the case of the fuel cells, the use of the anion exchange membrane as a polymer electrolyte may achieve the higher performance without the precious metal catalysts such as platinum. These technologies have the great potential to realize compact devices. In this project research institute, the development and sophistication of the anion exchange membranes based on the novel molecular design are promoted to improve their ionic conductivity and chemical stability. Moreover, this institute aims at breakthroughs to be able to implement various kinds of the alkaline energy device in society. This project has been carried out as a joint research with Takahata Precision Co., LTD. Furthermore, At the same time as the institute was established, Professor Kenji Miyatake of the Center for Clean Energy, Yamanashi University was appointed to Professor (Cross-appointment) of School of the Advance Science and Engineering, Waseda University in 2020, and has promoted the joint research with this institute. Takahata Precision Co., LTD. has been conducting the joint research with Professor Miyatake for more than seven years, and has proposed an anion exchange membrane with greatly improved anion conductivity and alkaline stability ahead of the world. Based on this critical technology, the institute will further improve the performance and reduce the cost of the anion exchange membrane and develop it into a variety of the device applications.