What is "Nanoarchitectonics"?

For the development of new materials that will be required in the 21st century, the center is working to realize a paradigm shift in materials research through a new materials development system named "Nanoarchitectonics", which is a technology system to arrange nanoscale structural units - in other words, a nanostructure unit as a group of atoms and molecules - in an intended configuration.

The purpose is to produce a new function of the whole unit through concerted interaction between nanostructures, so it is needless to say that fundamental research in the related materials science field is included.

"Nanoarchitectonics" is critical for development of nanotechnology, beyond the stage of nanoscience, and is also a typical interdisciplinary field that relates widely to such fields as material science, physics, and chemistry.

Five Key Technologies of Materials Nanoarchitectonics

Materials nanoarchitectonics is not limited to the creation of single nanostructures and elucidation of their functions. Rather, it is a research concept which attempts to extract and use the ultimate functions of materials based on a profound understanding of the mutual interaction between individual nanostructures and arbitrary arrangement of those nanostructures. The technologies used to realize this concept can be divided into the following five large groups.

  1. Controlled Self Organization
  2. Chemical Nanomanipulation
  3. Field-induced Materials Control
  4. Atom/Molecule Novel Manipulation
  5. Theoretical Modeling & Designing