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  • 2012-No.43
    • Message:President's Message
      Thoughts for the New Year 2012
    • Feature:Tsukuba Innovation Arena for Nanotechnology (TIA-nano)
      Taking on the Challenges of a Global Research Center
    • The Establishment of TIA-nano and its Fundamental Principles
    • Establishment of a Medium-term Plan for TIA-nano and the TIA-nano Alliance Forum
    • Expectations for TIA-nano
    • Creation of New Industries and Employment from the Operation
    • TIA-nano's Efforts in the Nanoelectronics Field
    • Open Innovation at the Power Electronics Research Complex
    • TIA-nano's Approach to N-MEMS
    • Current Situation and Prospects of Research and Collaboration Activities in the Carbon Nanotubes and Nano-material Safety Research Domains
    • Efforts of the Nano-green Research Domain at TIA-nano
    • Graduate School Collaboration Activities at TIA-nano
    • Open-user Facilities of TIA-nano
    • A method to separate each rare earth phosphor from the mixture of phosphors
         - A continuous and low-cost separation by using a high field gradient separation method -
    • High-efficiency monolithically integrated CIGS submodules on metal foils
         - Demonstration of over 15 %-efficiency CIGS submodules -
    • Mechanism of template-independent RNA polymerization
         - A tale of a polyA tail – how to get all As -
    • Development of an efficient method for the induction of safe iPS cells
         - Improvement of the efficiency of iPS cell induction by new factor Glis1 -
    • Facile diagnosis of iPS cells using glycan profiling technology
         - Identification of a novel pluripotency marker by high-density lectin microarray -
    • Integrated all-semiconductor ultra-high-speed optical gate switch
         - Simultaneous transmission and reception of ultra high-definition images at 160 Gbit/s data rate -
    • A three-dimensional whole shape measurement system for processing of marine and agricultural products
         - High-accuracy shape measurement of marine and agricultural products paving the way to automated processing -
    • First demonstration of ultra-small III-V/Ge CMOS transistors
         - A breakthrough technology for next generation high-performance CMOS transistors of different alternative channel materials -
    • New recyclable green catalyst
         - Efficient catalyst for oxidation reaction using metal-complex-type organic nanotubes -
    • A calibrator for precision linear encoders
         - A length measuring system with sub-nanometer uncertainty was developed -
    • New evaluation method for EMI anechoic chamber over 1 GHz
         - New proficiency test method for radiated electromagnetic interference measurement over 1 GHz -
    • President Nomakuchi Visits France and Germany
    • MOU Concluded between Geological Survey of Japan and Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Ltd. of New Zealand
  • 2012-No.44
    • Message:President's Message
      Scientific and Technological Innovation at AIST
    • Feature:AIST Full Research Supporting the Embedded System Industry
      Open innovation based on industry-academia-government collaboration that makes best use of the strengths of the local community
    • Activities of the Collaborative Research Team for Verification and Specification: An Introduction
    • Example of Collaborative Research: Use of Formal Methods in the Development of a Test Design Technology for Highly Reliable Software
    • Example of Collaborative Research: Technology Development for Large-scale Upstream Process Tests
         – Front-loading of Embedded Systems Development–
    • New Trends in Research: Functional Safety Standards and Social Systems
    • Path Leading to the Establishment of the Embedded System Industry Promotion Organization (ESIP)
    • Developing the Advanced embedded software Industry-academia-government collaboration program
    • Fostering of Human Resources for Model Checking
    • "Satsuki" Cluster for Verification
    • Verification Services
    • Kansai Regional Innovation Strategy
    • New production technology for polycrystalline silicon solar cells
         - Surface texturing method of wafers sliced with fixed-abrasive wire -
    • Development of diamond bipolar transistor
         - Low loss power device contributing to a sustainable society -
    • Development of positive electrode materials for low-cost and high-performance rechargeable lithium-ion batteries
         - Co- and Ni-free and high capacity positive electrode materials -
    • Factor regulating the aging and rejuvenation of the brain
         - Discovery of an environmental factor for the activation of aged neural stem cells -
    • Manufacturing technology for single-crystal thin films of organic semiconductors
         - Highest-performance printed thin-film transistors have been realized -
    • Position control of a transistor source–drain junction with sub-nanometer accuracy
         - Expected to be a new junction technology for the MOS transistors of 16-nm generation and beyond -
    • Development of silicon nitride ceramic with high thermal conductivity
         - Expected as circuit boards for power devices -
    • Technique for reliable thermal diffusivity measurement
         - Approach for inherent thermal diffusivity of solid materials -
    • For quantitative measurements of high and ultrahigh vacuum
         - Development of standard conductance element -
    • Calibration technique for neutron dosimeters using pulsed white neutron sources
         - Open the door to obtaining the energy response curve of neutron dosimeters experimentally -
    • X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy of light elements for green chemistry
         - Opening a new era of materials analysis utilizing superconducting tunnel junction detector -
    • Report of "Electro-active polymer and Its Application", the Memorial Symposium for Collaboration between Fraunhofer IPA-AIST Kansai
    • APMP 2011 Symposium
    • The 8th Biomass Asia Workshop
    • MOU Concluded between Geological Survey of Japan and U.S. Geological Survey
  • 2012-No.45
    • Feature:The 7th AIST Advisory Board Meeting
    • Feature:What Can Be Predicted from Records of Past Great Earthquakes?
    • Lessons of the 2011 Off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake
    • Evidence of Past Crustal Movements and Tsunamis Recorded in Geological Deposits
    • Shedding Light on the History of Past Great Subduction Earthquakes
         - Decreasing "Unexpectedness" through the study of Coastal Paleoseismology -
    • Integrated Groundwater Observation Stations for Forecasting the Tokai, Tonankai, and Nankai Earthquakes
    • Evidence of Inland Large Earthquakes Remaining in Geomorphic and Geological Features
         - Investigation of Timing and Displacements due to Past Earthquakes -
    • Physical Model of Earthquake Generation Processes for Forecasting Inland Large Earthquakes
    • Toward the Evaluation and Forecasting of Ground Surface Deformation Caused by a Fault Movement
         - Closing in on Future Disasters via Field Surveys and Numerical Calculations -
    • An oxygen gas barrier film that self-repairs minor damages
         - Development of a food packaging film using clay -
    • Discovery of non-translational role in the ribosome
         - Specific inhibition of Ribonuclease T2 by helix41 of 16S rRNA -
    • Transforming service fields into laboratories
         - Virtualization of indoor environments and behavior of customers and employees -
    • Flexible, film-like thermoelectric devices fabricated through printing processes
         - Improvement in the usability of thermoelectric devices making possible the application to energy harvesting field -
    • High-quality 64 kb ferroelectric NAND flash memory array
         - Towards the industrial production of the next-generation nonvolatile semiconductor memory -
    • PodCastle: a spoken content retrieval service based on speech transcriptions
         - Improving speech recognition performance through cooperation from many users -
    • Development of a copper paste for crystalline silicon solar cells
         - Replaces silver pastes and accelerates the reduction in the cost of high-efficiency solar cells -
    • Electrically induced giant magneto-resistance from nonmagnetic phase-change memory
         - Magneto-resistance ratio of over 2,000 % at room temperature -
    • High-performance isotropic sintered magnets without addition of dysprosium
         - Contribution to resolution of resource problem in high-performance magnets by advanced sintering technique -
    • Compact inspection apparatus for nonuniformity in the luster of gold plating
         - Digitization of nonuniformity in the luster of gold plating and automatic acceptance recognition based on objective criteria -
    • Technology for measuring static electricity using sound waves
         - Visualization of static electricity distribution on flat surfaces by scanning focused sound waves -
    • Influence of 2011 Off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake on sea floor environments
         - Wide distribution of sea floor disturbance around the earthquake source area -
    • Re-extension of Memorandum of Understanding on Comprehensive Research Cooperation with CSIRO of Australia and Workshop
    • Conclusion of Memoranda of Understanding on Comprehensive Research Cooperation with Chinese Academy of Sciences and with Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • 2012-No.46
    • Message:AIST as a Platform for Full Research
         - From investigation and discovery of seed technologies to standardization -
    • Feature:Lithium-Ion Battery Research at AIST
    • Research and Development of Lithium-Ion Batteries at AIST
    • Challenges for Elucidation of the Degradation Mechanisms of Lithium-Ion Secondary Batteries for Vehicles
    • Development of a Lithium-Ion Battery with a High-Capacity Silicon-Based Negative Electrode
    • Using Computational Science to Investigate the Interface between the Electrolyte and Electrode in a Lithium-Ion Secondary Battery
         - First-principles calculations of the interface between an ionic liquid and metallic lithium -
    • Development of Rechargeable Batteries with Organic Substances
         - Aiming for a rare-metal-free battery by replacing inorganic electrode materials with organic materials -
    • Lithium Redox Flow Batteries
    • Development of a New Titanium Oxide Negative Electrode Material for Next-Generation Lithium-Ion Batteries
    • Challenging the Development of an All-Solid-State Thin-Film Lithium-Ion Battery by the Aerosol Deposition Method
    • Ceramic Electrolyte Sheet for Next-Generation Rechargeable Batteries
    • Establishment of Evaluation Technologies Applicable to Lithium-Ion Battery Materials
    • Novel function of elongation factors of protein synthesis
         - Translational elongation factors as replication factors -
    • A factor that maintains the resting phase of hair growth cycles
         - Suppression of the factor shortens resting phases, causing rapid succession of hair cycles. -
    • Finding the primary factor causing variability of scaled transistors
         - Contribution to yield improvement of integrated circuits such as SRAM -
    • Novel ferroelectric resistive switching memory
         - A solution to the issues of data retention and endurance for ReRAM -
    • Fabrication of a UHF-RFID antenna on a flexible substrate by printing
         - Inexpensive RFID tags can be supplied in large quantities. -
    • A technique for direct optical coupling of an optical integrated circuit to optical fibers
         - Development of a high-performance micro-optical converter to scale transmitted signal light -
    • A system to integrate radiation data from various regions
         - Creating big data by easy normalization of data in many formats -
    • New evaluation method for grain boundaries of organic transistors
         - Promoting the researches of flexible electronic devices -
    • Cesium adsorption by Prussian blue nanoparticles
         -Utilized for decontamination of radioactive Cs contaminated ash -
    • Materials able to be repeatedly liquefied and solidified at room temperature by light irradiation
         - Reusable by fluidizing and hardening without the application of heat -
    • Development of small radiation dosimeter
         - Long battery life of more than 1 year on a button cell battery -
    • AIST Concludes MOU with Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and Participates in High Level Forum in Grenoble
    • Conclusion of a Memorandum of Understanding on Research Cooperation among the World's Three Leading Institutes for Solar Energy Research

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