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.


New Research Results

Development of Synthesis Technology for Various Monoatomic Films

AIST has developed a simple synthesis method to grow a monoatomic film of transition metal chalcogenide on a substrate. The developed synthesis method uses chemical vapor deposition. By adding salts to a transition metal source and melting it, then supplying a chalcogen source, 47 types of transition metal chalcogenide monatomic films can be synthesized.


Outline of the synthesis of transition metal chalcogenide monoatomic films

Development of a Technique for Forming Large Surface Area Polymer Thin Films (Polymer Brushes) in Air at Room Temperature

AIST has developed a technique which is able to create a surface initiator layer by simply applying a coating solution. A large-scale surface initiator layer was prepared on a roll of PET film in ambient conditions. In combination with acrylic monomers, the surface initiator layer was used to form a polymer brush layer. The obtained polymer brush layer was hydrophilic and found to be suitable for use in electroless plating.


The formation process of a surface initiator layer and a polymer brush layer

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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