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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

Accelerating Development of Large Deformation Materials Needed for Soft Actuators

AIST has developed a method that accelerates development of materials that exhibit large deformation. Machine learning was used to analyze correlations between molecular structure of materials and simulation results of deformation. The method was applied to liquid crystal elastomers, which are candidates of soft actuator materials.

Figure of new research results Materials and Chemistry

Synthesis of a Raw Material for Polycarbonate and Polyurethane from CO2 and a Silicon Compound

AIST has developed a new catalytic reaction that produces diethyl carbonate, which is a raw material for polycarbonate and polyurethane, using CO2 and tetraethoxysilane. This reaction does not produce water as a by-product, so the catalyst life was extended and high reaction efficiency was achieved.

Figure of new research results Materials and Chemistry

Synthesis of a raw material for polycarbonate and polyurethane from CO2 and a silicon compound

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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