"Bottom Up Fundamental Research" for Sowing the Seeds of Future Innovation

Takayoshi Sasaki & Tomonobu Nakayama

The International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), Tsukuba, Japan, was launched as part of the 10 year World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI) program (October 2007–March 2017) funded by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Now, ten years on, WPI-MANA is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading research institutes focusing on creating innovative functional materials based on in-depth knowledge of the interaction and structure of individual nanoscale components.


[ Vol. 32 ]
Driving Soft Molecular Vehicles on a Metallic Surface

Soft molecules deposited on metallic surfaces were driven using a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) without mechanically pulling or pushing them, but by inducing inelastic excitations with the tunneling current. [...]

[ Vol. 33 ]
Innovative Transistors Based on Magnetically Induced Movement of Ions

Just as magnets attract iron particles in sandpits, permanent magnetics only attract one type of ion in an electrochemical solution, constituting the basis of magnetically controlled electrochemical transistors. [...]

[ Vol. 34 ]
Atomically Thin Perovskites Boost for Future Electronics

WPI-MANA has developed the world's highest performance dielectric nanofilms using atomically thin perovskites. This technology may revolutionize the next-generation of electronics. [...]