The Strength of NIMS's Research in Numbers

NIMS is designated as a national research and development institute by the government. We are focused on enhancing our research capabilities, as demonstrated by recent reforms to the organization. Our achievements are reflected in published academic papers, as well as in numbers of patent applications and technology transfers to the industrial sector over the years.

The Strength of NIMS's Research in Numbers


Impact in the materials science field in Japan


NIMS surpasses other domestic research institutions in the number of papers cited! We are ranked No. 1 for domestic influence in materials science.

The frequency of citation by other researchers indicates how profound our impact is on the field.
NIMS is recognized as a leading research institute with exceptional influence in the field of materials science. We are ranked No. 1 domestically, 3rd in chemistry, and 3rd in physics.

Top 10 in the materials science field


Proportion of top 1% Papers

4.5 %

High citation frequency
at a global level

NIMS's papers have significant influence not just in Japan but also globally.
For example, the proportion of published papers in the top 1% by number of citations is 4.5%, matching the achievement of the world's leading universities. Our papers have a global impact.

Comparison with other institutions based on top 1% papers (as of February 1, 2024)


Exceptional income from patents

35 %

of our researchers are
nationals of other countries

NIMS gains patent income from the development of numerous new materials, such as the sialon phosphors contributing to widespread use of white LEDs and super heat-resistant alloys for aircraft engines. Our strength is the highest patent income per 100 researchers among domestic institutions.

Patent licensing income and number of patents (held and pending) (Fiscal year 2021)


Convergence of researchers from around the world

Foreign-born researchers

35 %



NIMS has a rich culture of international diversity and our unique research environment attracts materials researchers from all over the world.

Over 30% of our researchers are foreign nationals, and many students from universities in Japan and around the world carry out their research at NIMS via the Joint Graduate School Program and International Cooperative Graduate Program*. *Including tenure-track research positions such as NIMS Postdoctoral Researchers, ICYS Research Fellows, and NIMS Junior Researchers.

Universities around the world that collaborate with NIMS (as of June 2023)


State-of-the-art research facilities that fire up the "desire to know"

NIMS research facilities boast many cutting-edge research devices that promote experimentation

3D Atom Probe
Forging Simulator
Spin-angle-resolved Photoemission Spectrometer

Signature NIMS equipment

Magnetic Refrigeration Hydrogen Liquefier

This device cools hydrogen to liquefying temperature magnetizing and demagnetizing a magnetic material in the field of a superconducting magnet in repeated cycles. It achieves efficient hydrogen liquefaction via a magnetic field change with minimal heat generation.

Electrochemical Smart Lab

An automated experimental robot that increases the throughput of electrolyte composition and evaluation. It acquires experimental data on a large scale in 1/100th the time it would take manually.

Fully Automated Cluster Deposition System for Magnetic Multilayer Film Stacking

This device automatically produces the magnetic tunnel junction elements used in hard disk magnetic heads and magnetoresistive memory. Multiple deposition methods are combined for high-quality production at great speed.

Battery Platform Analytical Equipment

In addition to the state-of-the-art electron microscopes necessary for next-generation battery research and development, the equipment here includes a photoelectron spectrometer capable of measurements under near-atmospheric pressure in the presence of hard X-rays, as well as a high-performance X-ray absorption spectrometer.

Aberration-Corrected Electron Microscope

Features spatial resolution capable of observing structures at the atomic level, the ability to analyze elements and chemical bonding states, and the ability to directly view characteristics such as magnetic domain structures.

Well-equipped shared facilities

From NMR to various types of electron microscopes,
NIMS offers the best shared facilities in Japan.

We have around 260 advanced items of equipment including instruments, large-scale machines, and other facilities that are available for collaborative use, providing opportunities for researchers from universities, corporations, and public institutions in Japan and around the world.

5 units
Various types of electron microscope:
60 units
X-ray diffractometers:
10 units
Elemental analysis devices:
15 units

Research personnel (researchers, engineers, students)

Research personnel

Research personnel
NIMS Postdoctoral Researchers, etc.:
NIMS Junior Researchers (graduate students):

Skilled technical staff:


Number of papers:

1,468 reports,

3.8 reports per permanent research position

Top 10% of papers

24.6 %

Top 1% of papers

4.7 %



Highly-cited papers by national research institute ranking

Materials science:
1 st
3 rd
3 rd
6 th

Industrial collaboration

NIMS takes the stance that “the true value of materials is in their use” and we work to bridge the gap between our highly original basic research and industrial applications.
We offer a rich menu of ways to collaborate, including joint research, the licensing of our technology, research sample lending, patent and know-how licensing, and use of our facilities.

Collaborative Joint Research Agreements

NIMS proactively promotes collaborative research with companies as an effective method for the implementation of research results.

More than 215 cases
Center for Corporate Collaboration

In addition to individual collaborative research projects, NIMS promotes large-scale organizational collaborations with global companies and other entities.

9 centers

Open Platform (MOP)

We facilitate collaboration among companies in the same industry to address shared challenges. Companies can also proceed with bilateral joint research with NIMS as they separately conduct practical research applying these results.


4 companies


10 companies

Materials DX

5 compa
7 other


11 companies


2 companies


Academic collaboration

The academic standing of NIMS is enhanced through exchanges with leading researchers and promising young researchers and students at universities and public research institutes in Japan and abroad. Global collaboration and exchange further the development of Japan’s materials research and related industry.

NIMS Joint Graduate School Program

This program allows students at universities with which agreements have been signed to earn degrees based on research work at NIMS.


7 universities

(68 faculty members, 156 graduate students)

International Cooperative Graduate Program

A program that partners with leading graduate schools worldwide. NIMS researchers provide research guidance to students on doctoral programs.


32 universities


37 have earned degrees
NIMS Joint Research Hub Program

This system is designed to allow collaborative research with NIMS researchers. Teachers and students assigned to research laboratories at universities, graduate schools, and colleges of technology are accepted as groups.



Faculty members: