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Toward our bright future by creating non-traditional materials

This center makes efforts to create new functional materials technology to be solutions for social and economic issues and to be new core for creation of new industrial field. Here, the functional materials are defined as compounds and structures which exhibit responses against external output. Hence, our activity involves electronic and optical materials to be installed in electronic and optical systems, materials for separation and collection of ions and molecules in solution, biomaterials exhibiting designed interaction with cells and organs and so on.
In particular, this research center makes effort to develop high performance semiconductors and high efficiency luminescent materials for energy saving, sensor materials for advanced automatic operation of systems and for secure society, separation and adsorption materials for reduced material and energy consumption, and biological glue and artificial bones for regenerative medicine by performing materials exploration to find useful materials and structures and refinement of materials performance. The goal of those research and development should be contribution to our society by utilization of newly developed materials. In addition, for utilization of those advanced materials and structures, this center also makes effort in exploration of new route for production of materials and refinement of production procedures in order to achieve smart industry with high efficiency of production. By considering not only materials exploration but also refining materials production technology.


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2017.10.30 Update Press Release
2017.10.23 Update Press Release

Discovery of Crystalline Layers with Atomic Level Flatness in GaN Transistors

—A Metastable Gallium Oxide Layer at the Semiconductor–Insulator Interface Provides Insights into the Development of Next-Generation Power Devices—

2017.09.28 Update Press Release

Ammonia Synthesis at Ambient Pressure without Using Expensive Catalysts

—The New Technique May Reduce the Costs of Chemical Fertilizer Synthesis and Ammonia-Based Hydrogen Storage and Transport—

Organization of the research center

This research center is consisting of many groups and offices, including 30 research groups, administrative office. Click hear for the organization chart .

Research project in this center

This center contribute to the Functional Materials Domain of NIMS as has been declared in NIMS's seven years long activity plan. The Functional Materials Domain includes three specific research projects as following.
Project 1: Developments in materials processing technology for actualizing technological seeds for advanced materials and structures (Leader: Izumi ICHINOSE)
Project 2; Controlling of structural hierarchy in crystals and interfaces for enhancements of their functionality (Leader: Takashi TANIGUCHI)
Project 3; Development of fundamental science technology for creation of functional materials and structures (Leader: Shinya UJI)

Deputy Director

"Izumi ICHINOSE" Image


Deputy Director

"Hitoshi KITAGUCHI" Image


Deputy Director

"Shinya UJI" Image

Shinya UJI

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Research Center for Functional Materials
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National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
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