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Information of our research - fields, activities and organization

NIMS is a public institute specializing in materials research. As such, it is expected to achieve the policies laid out by the Japanese government in the Science and Technology Basic Plan and its own 5-year Mid-term Program based thereon, and to contribute to materials research and the enhancement of science and technology. Although the Science and Technology Basic Plan and NIMS Mid-Term Program are established in consideration of social needs, in recent years, solutions to global problems, as exemplified by the environment, energy, and resources, from the field of materials research have been particularly desired.

NIMS is engaged in a diverse range of materials research, with emphasis on responding to these social needs.

Research Project on the 3rd Mid-Term Plan

Research Organization

A new system of 3 research divisions divided by specialization and fluid assignment of staff

Research Centers

NIMS International Research Centers and the Corporate Joint Research Centers actively grapple with problem-solving and outcome-oriented research.


Link to NIMS researcher database "SAMURAI"

Research Database

Databases collecting information on NIMS researchers, published papers, patents, and research-related information
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Materials Advanced Database Group

( 材料データプラットフォームセンター )

Semiconductor Nano-interfaces Group

( Research Center for Functional Materials )

Photovoltaic Materials Group

( Center for Green Research on Energy and Environmental Materials )

Elements Strategy Initiative Center for Magnetic Materials(ESICMM)

( Research Center for Magnetic and Spintronic Materials )

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047, JAPAN