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”.
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
Innovation of materials and chemical processes is critical for solving energy and environmental issues. We aim to create innovative materials transformation processes and environmental technologies through concurrent R&D of expedient ultra-highly selective reactions, formation of sequences and highly-ordered structures of atoms and molecules at the practical level, and the processes and systems that utilize the practical technologies.
We are working on research and development of novel catalysts, separation membranes and adsorbent which contribute to innovation of upstream industry fields, such as resource production, energy conversion, petroleum processing and petrochemistry, and environmental purification.
We intend to advance the development of highly-efficient manufacturing processes such as highly-functional carbon material and lead it into advancement in research and development of novel 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
The Integrated Institute for Regulatory Science was established to promote awareness and provide educational resources for analytical thinking to students (undergraduate and graduate) and industry on risks and management of chemical compounds, biological specimens and pharmaceutics. In addition, our institute strongly promotes collaborative research between industry, government and academia in the relevant fields and supports such collaborations in establishing global standards or guidelines for general application. Currently, we promote 1) bioscience engineering research, 2) health food science related research, 3) research for regulatory science in environmental, pharmaceutical, health and food science fields, 4)biomarker screening and detection research, and 5)bioinformatics research.