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Creation of Innovative Functions of Intelligent Materials on the Basis of the Element Strategy

Research Supervisor
Kohei Tamao (Director, RIKEN Advanced Science Institute)
Year Started


This research area addresses resource, energy, and environmental problems, which should be solved to build a sustainable society from the viewpoint of materials science and solid-state science based on the Element Strategy and aims to create innovative functions of intelligent materials that are quite different from conventional functions.
Specifically, under the concept of the Element Strategy “understanding and effective use of the roles of key elements that determine the properties and functions of intelligent materials,” we conduct research and development to create innovative properties and functions of intelligent materials by multilaterally and systematically elucidating and understanding problems common in the expression of a variety of functions, such as structure, interface, and electron correlation, and controlling the functions. With a variety of element properties in mind, we investigate ways of expressing the intended functions from a microscopic viewpoint, such as electronic state, atomic arrangement, and molecular structure, and aim to create innovative functions of intelligent materials to solve a variety of problems by using various methods, such as measurement technology and computational science, and designing structures, functions, and reactions. We promote ambitious and challenging research with a multidisciplinary integration beyond the boundaries of the academic fields of physics, chemistry, engineering, and materials science.

Strategic Sector

Creation of innovative function of materials by application of nanoscale material structural control technologies, such as controlling the atomic arrangement, towards the practical use of rare-metal-free materials and new targeted functions, such as ultra-high coercivity and ultra-high fracture toughness

Research Projects

Year Started : 2011
Research DirectorAffiliationResearch Project
Hiroshi Kitagawa Professor, Kyoto University Creation of the Functional Materials on the Basis of the Inter-Element-Fusion Strategy
Hideo Nagashima Professor, Kyushu University Development of Iron Catalysts for Advanced Organic Synthesis
Tetsuya Hasegawa Professor, University of Tokyo Development of Novel Electronic Materials Utilizing Light Elements
Kazuhiro Hono Fellow, National Institute for Materials Science Coercivity Mechanism of Nd-Fe-B Permanent Magnets
Year Started : 2010
Research DirectorAffiliationResearch Project
Yasuaki Einaga Professor, Keio University Development of Innovative Technologies Using Diamond Electrodes for Improving Environment.
Yuichi Shimakawa Professor, Kyoto University Exploring for new functional materials with unusual ionic states and coordinations
Satoshi Sugimoto Professor, Tohoku University Development of new Fe-based magnetic materials by controlling crystal structure
Tadashi Furuhara Professor, Tohoku University Creation of New Principles in the Multi-scale Design of Steels Based on Light Element Strategy
Sachio Horiuchi Team Leader, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Creation of Materials Science for Advanced Ferroelectrics of Organic Compounds
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