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Department of Electronics and Manufacturing

Enhancing industrial competitiveness through innovative technologies that lead varying manufacturing

We are contributing to enhancing industrial competitiveness by developing advanced electronic and optical device technologies that enable both performance enhancement and significant energy savings of IT equipment, and innovative manufacturing technologies that enable energy savings, resource savings, and low cost. Moreover, we are building a highly efficient production system by combining innovative manufacturing technologies and sensing technologies based on the advanced devices.

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New Research Results

Mass Production of Frozen Semen for Improvement of Bovine Fertility

AIST developed semen pretreatment technology for improving the conception rate by artificial insemination for cattle breeding. In addition, semen was mass produced and cryopreserved in a sealed state inside a straw packaging, and a high conception rate was confirmed by field validation testing.

Figure of new research results Electronics and Manufacturing

Frozen semen straw produced using the newly developed technology (left), movement of post-thawed spermatozoa (upper right), and movement of spermatozoa of the same species of bull prepared using conventional technology (lower right)

Fivefold Increase in Emission Efficiency of GaN Micro LEDs at Low Current Density

AIST fabricated GaN micro LEDs using neutral-beam etching technology that is known to have extremely low processing damage, and realized GaN micro LEDs with almost no drop in emission efficiency even when the LED size is reduced to 6 μm.

Figure of new research results Electronics and Manufacturing

Current density dependence of the external quantum efficiency of micro LEDs fabricated using (a) conventional inductively coupled plasma etching and (b) the neutral-beam etching

Research Unit

Advanced Manufacturing Research Institute
Research Institute for Advanced Electronics and Photonics
Spintronics Research Center
Advanced Coating Technology Reserch Center
Sensing System Research Center

Other research organizations

Research Laboratory

Open Innovation Laboratory

Since FY 2016, as a part of the “Open Innovation Arena concept” promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), AIST has created the concept of “open innovation laboratories” (OILs), collaborative research bases located on university campuses, and has been engaged in their provision. We are planning to establish more than ten OILs by FY 2020.

AIST will merge the basic research carried out at universities, etc. with AISTʼs goal-oriented basic research and applied technology development, and will promote bridging research and evelopment and industry by the establishment of OILs.

Cooperative Research Laboratories

In order to conduct research and development more closely related to strategies of companies, we have established collaborative research laboratories, bearing partner company names.

Partner companies provide their researchers and funding, and AIST provides research resources, such as its researchers, research facilities, and intellectual property. The loaned researchers of companies and AIST researchers jointly conduct research and development.

By setting up cooperative research laboratories, we will accelerate the commercialization of our goal-oriented basic research and application research with partner companies.

  • TEL–AIST Cooperative Research Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Processes
  • NEC-AIST Quantum Technology Cooperative Research Laboratory
  • JTEKT-AIST Cooperative Research Laboratory for Smart Factory

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