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

An Easily Regeneratable Granular Adsorbent for Clean Air in Livestock Facilities

AIST has developed a low-cost and reusable ammonia adsorbent using a Prussian blue analogue. A granular adsorbent of diameter 3-5 mm consisting of the adsorbent and a binder was developed. The effectiveness of the adsorption equipment filled with the granular adsorbent was verified by pilot plant in a piggery and a composting facility.


Outline of ammonia adsorption equipment for piggeries and results of ammonia removal verification tests

Commencement of Vehicle Tests of Interior and Exterior Parts Using a Component of Wood

AIST has commenced evaluative tests of interior and exterior automotive parts manufactured from glass fiber-reinforced plastic (GFRP) using glycol lignin sourced from Japanese cedar as a resin component. Changes in the parts will be monitored to confirm that the developed GFRP is fit for practical use over the long term.


Prototype car using glycol lignin for interior and exterior parts

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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