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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

Multistep mechanism of nanostructure formation in liquid crystal

In collaboration with Kyushu University, the researchers at AIST have developed a novel analysis method that combines molecular simulation and artificial intelligence to observe the process of the formation of characteristic nanostructures in quenched liquid crystals.

Development of a Nanocomposite Containing a Drug for Treating Metastatic Bone Tumors

In collaboration with Shinshu University, the researchers at AIST developed a nanocomposite containing an osteoclast inhibitor. The nanocomposite increased the effect of the inhibitor, and it will contribute to the treatment of metastatic bone tumors.

Figure of new research results Materials and Chemistry

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
  • UACJ-AIST Cooperative Research Laboratory for Aluminum Advanced Technology
  • VALQUA-AIST Cooperative Research Laboratory for Advanced Functional Materials
  • DIC-AIST Collaborative Research Laboratory for Sustainabllity and Materials

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