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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

Manufacturing Functional Materials from Incineration Residue of Burnable Garbage

AIST has developed a technology to produce high specific surface area silica, using molten slag discharged from municipal garbage disposal plants. When molten slag is chemically treated using acidic solution, the silica (SiO2) component contained in the molten slag precipitates as a white solid. This solid is high specific surface area silica with a purity of 93% to 98% and is expected to have applications to various adsorbents. In addition, mesoporous silica with regular nanometer-sized pores can also be synthesized.

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Converting molten slag into high value-added materials

Electromagnetic Wave Shielding by a Paint with Carbon Nanotubes

Using the Super-Growth single-wall carbon nanotubes, AIST has developed an aqueous paint that can be formed into a thin film with a strong shielding effect against electromagnetic waves. The developed aqueous paint can be applied on a wide variety of base materials. The formed film is flexible and resistant to bending, and it can follow deformation of the base material.

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Film formed on a polyimide sheet using the developed aqueous paint


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.

  • Zeon – AIST Nanotube Industrialization Cooperative Research Laboratory
  • NGK SPARK PLUG – AIST Healthcare・Materials Cooperative Research Laboratory

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