About ICYS

Research Environment and Support Systems

ICYS maintains an international environment where foreign researchers can focus on their work free of language barriers.

1. Research funds

ICYS funds research expenses so that researchers are free to conduct research based on their own ideas. They can also participate in academic conferences and pursue collaboration with domestic and overseas researchers as they wish.

2. Mentor system

The mentor system enables talented NIMS researchers to guide ICYS researchers in their research while ensuring maximum respect of the independence of the latter. Talented researchers from around the world participate as mentors.
Advice from Mentor
Advice from Mentor

3. Support

Support staff provides assistance with English-language issues.

Technical support

Specialized technicians provide technical support for shared equipment such as the facility’s electron microscope. ICYS offers a range of other support geared to enable researchers to conduct their research independently, including assistance with the drafting of patent applications and outside funding proposals.

Clerical support

A clerical staff with excellent English skills provides assistance with a range of NIMS clerical, purchasing, and other procedures. Researchers can also make use of the main NIMS support system to help them get acclimated to life in Japan, deal with emergencies, and obtain other assistance as needed.
Technical support
Technical support
Guide Books
Guide Books
Clerical support
Clerical support

4. Advanced research facilities

NIMS has access to some of the world’s most advanced equipment. Shared equipment such as a nanofoundry and electron microscope are also available for researchers’ use.
FIB
Real working environment physical characterization TEM (Double aberration-corrected TEM/STEM)
Namiki-foundry
Ultrahigh vacuum low temperature STM/AFM

5. Orientation and lab tour

An orientation provides information needed in order to conduct research at ICYS, and lab tours are offered as needed to introduce researchers to NIMS research facilities.
Orientation in Namiki site
Orientation (in Namiki site)
Orientation in Sengen site
Orientation (in Sengen site)
Lab Tours
Lab Tours

6. Scientific interactions

ICYS creates a variety of opportunities for young researchers to interact with one another in order to put its Melting Pot concept into practice, including weekly seminars and ICYS Workshop.


Joint Seminar
Joint Seminar
Melting Pot Café
Melting Pot Café
ICYS workshop
ICYS workshop




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