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Greeting from Director-General

Director-General: Tetsuji NODADirector-General: Tetsuji NODA

Japan's "Nanotechnology Network" is a Program sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). For five years starting from year 2007, academic, business, and governmental nanotechnology researchers will have the opportunity to use facilities and equipment at 13 network sites with cutting edge nanotechnology. The aim of this Program is to generate research results that will lead to innovations. Fourteen institutions participated in "Nanotechnology Support Project" in the previous term. Now, the number has been greatly increased, and 13 sites and 26 institutions are participating in "Nanotechnology Network", enabling high-level technical support in nanotechnology to various requests from the research community.

"NIMS Center for Nanotechnology Network" will provide support in the three out of four areas designated by MEXT to cover in the Program - "Nano-characterization", "Nano-fabrication", and "Extreme Conditions". Continuing from the previous term, we have agreed to function as a center, or a representative and a coordinator of the nation-wide network.

NIMS established "Nanotechnology Innovation Center" to enhance our capabilities to serve in the Program. In cooperation with Bio-Nano Electronics Research Center of Toyo University, we provide nano-processing techniques for various materials, such as silicon, compound semiconductors, oxides, organic and polymeric materials, biomechanical materials, and magnetic materials.

We also support nano-characterization through our high-resolution characterization facilities, such as high voltage electron microscopes, are open to use for non-NIMS researchers. In addition we now have various magnets for NMR, including 930MHz-NMR. The 930MHz-NMR is capable of characterizing nano-structures of organic and inorganic compounds at the finest level in the world. NIMS Beam Line Station at SPring-8, also participates in this Program as a separate site from NIMS at Tsukuba.

The function of our site as a coordinating center for the national network is an important role we have been asked to serve. We arrange coordination among the 13 sites and 26 institutions, as well as promote activities such as workshops, exchange of personnel and summer school with corresponding organizations in U.S.A., Europe, and Asia, forming a network in and out of Japan. Also, we plan to expand and improve our activities in collection and transmission of information on nanotechnology worldwide.

NIMS Center for Nanotechnology Network is eager to promote innovations in Japan. We appreciate your support and cooperation in this endeavor.