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Department of Materials and Chemistry

Contributing to industrial competitiveness enhancement by synergistic interaction between materials and chemical technologies

We are developing technologies to enhance added value of functional chemicals, and to realize practical use of new materials, with strengthening value chains of materials through synergistic interaction between materials and chemical technologies in mind. Thus, we are aiming to contribute to the primary materials and chemical industries.

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New Research Results

Development of Large-Area Light Control Device Using a Coating Process for Mass Production

AIST has developed a process for manufacturing large-area light control devices that can block visible and near-infrared light. Two types of ink were produced and optimized for use in a slit coater, making it possible to form large-area films.

Figure of new research results Materials and Chemistry

G2-size light control device in transparent state (left) and in light blocking state (right)

Development of Heat- and Impact-resistant Multi-walled Carbon Nanotube and Resin Composites

AIST has developed a technology to make a composite of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and PEEK with improved mechanical strength at high temperatures, high shape retainability, and uniform electrical conductivity, while maintaining impact strength (toughness) comparable to the resin matrix.

Figure of new research results Materials and Chemistry

PEEK/CNT composite with high impact resistance

Research Unit

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.

  • NGK SPARK PLUG – AIST Healthcare・Materials Cooperative Research Laboratory
  • YAZAKI-AIST Next-generation Connecting Technology Cooperative Research Laboratory
  • UACJ-AIST Cooperative Research Laboratory for Aluminum Advanced Technology
  • VALQUA-AIST Cooperative Research Laboratory for Advanced Functional Materials

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