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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

A Solid Material That Converts Near-Infrared Light to Visible Light Realized by a Solution Coating Method

AIST has realized a solid material that converts near-infrared light to yellow visible light by using the rapid drying cast method. This material consists of newly synthesized metal-complex molecules that absorb near-infrared light uniformly dispersed in a luminescent material on solidification.

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Solid material (center) fabricated by the rapid drying cast method (left), and spectra of irradiated light and emitted light (right)

Long Lifetime and Heat/Pressure Resistant O-Ring Developed at AIST Goes on Sale

AIST has developed a long-lifetime and heat-resistant O-ring commercial product based on results achieved during a national project of NEDO. This O-ring was fabricated using inexpensive fluorinated rubber combined with single-walled carbon nanotubes, which were mass produced by the Super-Growth method.

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CNT-reinforced SGOINTTM O-ring


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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