[Trans-scale] Trans-Scale Approach Toward Materials Innovation

Strategic Objective

Innovation in measurement and analysis processes aimed at solving social issues

Precision control of bonding and decomposition for resource recycling

Opening up of unexplored exploration space of materials with multi-element, composite, and metastable phases based on elements strategy

Precise arrangement toward functionality

Information carriers and innovative devices

Elucidation of mechanical properties based on an understanding of nanoscale dynamics

The creation of innovative materials and devices based on the creation of topological materials science

Research Supervisor


Masayuki Takeuchi(Director, Research Center for Macromolecules and Biomaterials, National Institute for Materials Science)


The purpose of this Research Area is to develop a trans-scale approach toward materials innovation, with the goal of building a better society. Materials innovation, a highlight of industry-academia cooperation in Japan, constitutes vital core technology that can contribute to all aspects of the national growth strategy under the Japanese government’s agenda to forge a New Form of Capitalism. The key to materials innovation is to transcend scale—to straddle the nano, meso, and macro scales. Crucially, such a trans-scale approach can address a critical problem in functionalizing materials: understanding at the nanoscale is not always directly related to understanding at the macroscale. In this Research Area, we will promote approaches that transcend spatiotemporal scales, while remaining rooted in basic research, to realize materials innovation that creates truly functional and innovative materials in various research fields such as structure, computation, measurement, and data.
In this Research Area, materials include, besides substances and raw materials, processes, nanotechnology, and devices. The nano-scale covered in this Research Area include atoms, molecules, crystals, supramolecules, particles, transmission electron microscopes, atomic force microscopes, X-rays, ab initio calculations, molecular dynamics, and materials informatics. The macro-scale covered in this Research Area include polymers, metallography, composite materials, optical microscopes, the finite element method, materials informatics, and process informatics.
In facilitating such research, we will prioritize talent development. In other words, we will provide opportunities for young researchers in disparate fields to engage with one another with a view to cultivating a body of researchers who contribute to advanced technology and to building a researcher network that will enable collaborative research in the future.

Research Area Advisors

Tomoyuki Akutagawa Professor, Institute of Multidiscipkinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University
Taka-hisa Arima Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo / Group Director, Center for Emergent Matter Science, RIKEN
Koji Kimoto Director, Center for Basic Research on Materials, National Institute for Materials Science
Kazushi Kinbara Professor, School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Jian Ping Gong Professor, Faculty of Advanced Life Science, Hokkaido University
Isamu Shigemoto Executive Engineer, Technology and Innovation Center, Daikin Industries, Ltd.
Hiroyuki Toda Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University
Miho Hatanaka Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University
Takanori Fukushima Professor, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Shiki Yagai Professor, Institute for Advanced Academic Research, Chiba University
Takeshi Yanagida Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Ryo Yoshida Professor, The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Research Organization of Information and Systems

Research Projects

  1. Year Started : 2023

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