Development of Atomic or Molecular Two-Dimensional Functional Films and Creation of Fundamental Technologies for Their Applications

Strategic Objective

Development of innovative materials and devices based on atomic or molecular two-dimensional functional films, and their applications to practical uses

Research Supervisor

Atsushi Kurobe (Chief Fellow, Corporate Research & Development Center, Toshiba Corporation)


The focus of this research area is on atomic or molecular two-dimensional functional films (two-dimensional thin film structure consisting of atoms or molecules, or functional thin film materials with two-dimensional electronic states equivalently made at some surfaces or interfaces) as the building blocks of next-generation energy-efficient materials and devices. The objective of this research area is to establish a direction for creating new values and new markets that will be achieved through a basic foundational approach toward R&D on the development of two-dimensional atomic or molecular thin-film structures or of finite thin-film edge structures, the clarification of phenomena related to new functional expressions, and the creation of scientific base for devices taking advantage of those new functions, principles, and structures.

The research targets are in tangible fields such as the physical sciences, synthetic chemistry, and device engineering as they relate to the development and application of atomic or molecular thin two-dimensional functional films. By promoting cooperation among these disciplines, we can endeavor to create foundations for crystal growth technologies contributing to the realization of innovative materials and devices; measuring, analyzing, and processing technologies aimed at clarifying and controlling structures and physical properties; and material and device design technologies, and to formulate basic theories.

Research Area Advisors

・Toshiaki Enoki
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology

・Takashi Kubo
Professor, Osaka University

・Toshiyuki Kobayashi
Researcher, Sony Corporation

・Riichiro Saito
Professor, Tohoku University

・Katsuyuki Naito
Senior Fellow, Toshiba Research Consulting Corporation

・Hirosaku Nagano
Executive Vice President, KANEKA CORPORATION

・Shiho Nakamura
Chief Specialist, Toshiba Corporation

・Masataka Hasegawa
Team Leader, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)

・Yoshiko Miura
Professor, Kyushu University

・Naoki Yokoyama
Research Emeritus Advisor, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Year Started : 2014

Innovation of two-dimensional multiferroic functional device utilizing the topological phase transition of the chalcogen compounds and its superlattices

Research Director:
Junji Tominaga(Prime Senior Scientist, Nanoelectronics Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST))

Functional materials creation under two-dimensional interfacing fields

Research Director:
Akira Toriumi(Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)

Construction of ion and electron nano-channels in super-resistive lipid bilayers

Research Director:
Ayumi Hirano-Iwata(Principal Investigator, Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR), Tohoku University)

Year Started : 2015

Tailor-made synthesis of graphene nanoribbons for innovative devices

Research Director:
Shintaro Sato(Research Manager, Advanced System Research & Development Unit, Fujitsu Limited)

Creation of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid 2D Materials, Coordination Nanosheets, with Innovative Electronic, Photonic, and Chemical Functions

Research Director:
Hiroshi Nishihara(Professor, School of Science, The University of Tokyo)

Novel functional devices based on van der Waals superlattices

Research Director:
Tomoki Machida(Associate Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)

Creation of two dimensional biological model platform with sugar chains functionalized graphene

Research Director:
Kazuhiko Matsumoto(Professor, Institute of Industrial & Scientific Research, Osaka University)

Year Started : 2016

Quantum Technology Base on Heterostructured Topological Insulators

Research Director:
Masashi Kawasaki(Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo)

Development of core technology for topological quantum computing

Research Director:
Sasagawa Takao(Associate Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Perfectly controlled growth of atomic-layer heterostructures for ultralow power, 3D integrated devices

Research Director:
Yasumitsu Miyata(Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University)

Performance Improvement and Exploring the Application of Two-Dimensional TMDC Complementary MISFETs by applying LSI Process

Research Director:
Hitoshi Wakabayashi(Professor, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

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