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Message from the Director

MANA's Vission


The International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA) is one of the first five WPI research centers that were established in 2007 in the framework of the World Premier International Research Center Initiative (WPI), which is sponsored by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports. Since the establishment of WPI-MANA, we have done on a variety of research that made WPI-MANA a representative international research center in the fields of nanotechnology and material science. We tailor nanoscale parts that exhibit cutting-edge functions, and organize/integrate them to create new materials and systems. Through this, we are conducting research and development that leads to scientific breakthroughs and technological innovations, and we describe the research concept with the word "nanoarchitectonics."

As a result, we have created many MANA original achievements, including nanosheets, atomic switches, and nanoporous materials, and recently, new developments such as high-performance thermoelectric materials, neuromorphic devices, and topological photonic materials. Regarding the function of the international hub, which is another important role of WPI centers, we position world top-class laboratories as MANA satellites and promote world top-class research collaboration. Through collaborative research, we have built an extensive network with many overseas universities and research institutions, and have established a framework to provide a place for researchers and students from all over the world to gather and conduct innovative research. As a result, the ratio of foreign researchers in the center has reached nearly half, which is one of the highest international research environments in Japan. More than 400 researchers, who have studied in MANA, are active as MANA alumni worldwide.

WPI-MANA works to further deepen and pursue our "nanoarchitectonics." Based on this, we aim to open up new directions such as quantum material research. We look forward to your continued support for the further development of WPI-MANA.(July 2020)

Takayoshi Sasaki, Director

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