Toward our bright future by creating non-traditional materials

2021.01.04 Update

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.


Figure. Crystal structure of the inverse perovskite Ca3SiO semiconductor
2020.12.11 Update Press Release

Discovery of Non-Toxic Semiconductors with a Direct Band Gap in the Near-Infrared

—New Compound May Replace Toxic Mercury Cadmium Telluride and Gallium Arsenide in Near-Infrared Devices—

2020.12.10 Update Press Release

Development of a Bioabsorbable Adhesive Sheet Capable of Closing Wounds in Tissues/Organs

—Use of Alaska Pollock Gelatin Increases the dressing’s Adhesiveness and Biocompatibility under Wet Conditions and May Reduce Treatment Costs—

2020.12.09 Update Press Release

The World's Longest Bottlebrush Polymer Ever Synthesized

—Potential Utility for the Development of Flexible, Low-Friction Polymeric Materials—

Organization of the research center

This research center is consisting of many groups and offices, including 32 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 four 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 and technology for creation of functional materials and structures (Leader: Shinya UJI)
  • Project 4: Project / Center for Functional Sensor & Actuator (Leader: Jin KAWAKITA)

Research Center Brochure

Brochure from this research center is available online. Please click the link below to download the brochure (ver. 5, Sept. 1, 2020).If highquality printed version is needed, please write to us at inquiry address shown in the left pannel.

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Research Center for Functional Materials
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