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Leading the development of new materials under the new paradigm of nanoarchitectonics — MANA

The International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) is one of the 13 research centers funded by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) for the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI). The aim of the WPI is to create top world-level research centers which are sufficiently attractive to outstanding researchers from around the world, and MANA was established in 2007 under this premise to encourage proactive science and nanotechnology research with a team of excellent researchers.
MANA has been called one of Japan's best research institutes not only for its research output, but also for its efforts to internationalize and establish effective programs for training young researchers.

MANA’s Vision

Toward a better global future:
Pioneering a new paradigm in materials development
on the basis of “nanoarchitectonics”

MANA’s Mission

  • Develop groundbreaking new materials on the basis of “nanoarchitectonics”
  • Create a “melting pot” where top-level researchers gather from around the world
  • Foster young scientists who battle to achieve innovative research
  • Construct a worldwide network of nanotechnology research centers

Message from the Director


The new MANA's mission



More than half of MANA researchers are non-Japanese.

World Premier International Research Center Initiative


A government program to create "globally visible research centers".



A group of world-class researchers who provide MANA researchers with strong advice.

Satellites Network


Satellites: The forward operating bases and information hubs in MANA's global network.

Foreign Partner Institutions


Foreign universities and research institutions that have signed MOUs with MANA.

Training of Young Scientists


One of the world's best training systems for young scientists.

Research Facilities


MANA is fully equipped with cutting-edge equipment, including one of the world's most advanced magnetic wave devices.

Support for Researchers


MANA develops an environment in which researchers can focus on their research.

Research Building


MANA's forward-looking attempt at developing a zero-energy building.