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Message from the Director

What is MANA's target?

Masakazu Aono
Fellow, National Institute for Materials Science
Director, MANA

 The International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) was established in 2007 as one of the initial five research centers in the framework of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI Program), which is sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). MANA’s aim is to create various novel materials that support the development of innovative technologies necessary for mankind’s continued development, based on our new concept called “nanoarchitectonics”.
 If humankind is to continue on a path of sustainable development in the years to come, we must realize a variety of innovative technologies in every field, including the environment, energy, resources, information and communications, medical diagnosis and treatment, and infrastructure, among others. However, many of these innovative technologies cannot be realized unless we develop appropriate new materials. Nanotechnology has made astonishing progress in more than 30 years and has become a pillar of modern materials discovery and development. However, MANA believes that conceptual innovation is necessary in order to extract the maximum value (potentiality) from nanotechnology. We purse this innovation on the basis of the new concept of "nanoarchitectonics” (see p. 5 for details).
 The concept of “nanoarchitectonics” has been refined continuously by MANA’s researchers and has grown into a concept that is accepted around the world. As we follow this concept, MANA strives to lead the world in new materials development.

Masakazu Aono, Director

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