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 Industrial Method for Treatment of Carbon Nanotube Wastewater Using a Hypochlorite Compound

AIST has developed a method to remove carbon nanotubes (CNTs) from industrial wastewate. To treat a CNT-dispersed solution, a solution of sodium hypochlorite (1.25%) was added and the temperature was maintained at 37°C. The CNT-dispersion became completely clear in 96 hours, indicating the CNTs were removed.


Easy removal of CNTs from wastewater containing CNTs using a hypochlorite compound (NaClO)

Development of Moisture-Permeable UV Protection Film Only from Plant and Mineral Components

AIST has developed a transparent UV protection film with excellent moisture permeability that consists of only lignin and clay components. The moisture permeability is on a par with conventional agricultural films and the UV absorption property is better than that of conventional agricultural UV protection films.


Photograph of the developed film (left) and schematics of functions and cross-sectional structure of the film (right)

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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