Aiming to become the one of the world’s largest research center for nanoarchitectonics and materials fields.

MANA is the one of the five research centers conducting the world's biggest research programs (known as the WPI Program), under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. Along with the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Tohoku University and Osaka University, NIMS in 2007 became the sole independent administrative institution to be chosen (In 2010, the 6th WPI center was established in Kyushu University). As well as achieving the goal of WPI program, we have tried to develop materials for innovation towards realizing sustainable society in 21st century.

Homepage: International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA)


"Development of Novel Electron Microscopy Techniques to Extract Obscured Information on Material Properties" Image
2017.05.26 Update Press Release

Development of Novel Electron Microscopy Techniques to Extract Obscured Information on Material Properties

—Technique Combines the Unconventional Use of Secondary Electrons as an Electron Probe with Astronomical Methods—

2017.05.19 Update Press Release

Novel Porous Rhodium Catalysts

—Technology for Precisely Designing Porous Particles May Lead to More Effective Use of Rare Metals—

2017.04.15 Update Press Release

Discovery of Nanosheets with the Highest Ever Hydroxyl Ion Conductivity

—Technology May Contribute to the Realization of Highly Efficient Solid Alkaline Fuel Cells—

WPI Program

We aim to become a "globally visible research center"

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The WPI Program is for increasing the scientific and technological level in Japan and promoting the development of innovations for the future. We aim to become a “globally visible" research center where every world’s highest-level researcher who wants to work there gathers from around the world because of our high level of research activities and research environment.

Deputy Director/Administrative Director

"Tomonobu NAKAYAMA" Image


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