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Message from the Director

The new MANA's mission


The International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) was established at NIMS in 2007 in the framework of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI program), which is sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Thanks to the great effort and support of many people over 10 years, we are proud that MANA has grown into a representative international research center in the fields of nanotechnology and material science, both in name and reality. It is needless to say that for the sustainable development of human society, innovative technologies that are based on discovery and creation of appropriate materials play a crucial role to solve various problems. In recent years, nanotechnology has made astonishing progress and became a modern pillar of materials discovery and development. MANA is pursuing innovation on the basis of our concept of “nanoarchitectonics”, where new materials and functions are created by rationally integrating and joining nanoscale parts. “Nanoarchitectonics” has now grown into a concept that is accepted around the world.

As the 10 year WPI funding has ended, MANA is strongly required to grow and develop further, and to continue world leading research activities as an international hub institute for nanotechnology research. We are well aware of it and will continue to deepen and pursue our "nanoarchitectonics". In connection with it, we are striving for new horizons such as heterojunction of dissimilar materials, close cooperation between theory and experiment, and challenge of large scale and complex systems. All of these are considered to be key research for our "nanoarchitectonics" to demonstrate its real value. We look forward to your continued support for further development of MANA.

Takayoshi Sasaki, Director

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