[Nano-electronics] Innovative Nano-electronics through Interdisciplinary Collaboration among Material, Device and System Layers

※ Affiliations and titles are as of the end of the research activity.

Strategic Objective

Creation of innovative core technologies by merging material technology, device technology, and nano-system optimization technology toward the realization of information devices with ultra-low power consumption and multiple functions

Research Supervisor

Takayasu Sakurai (Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)

Deputy Research Supervisor

Naoki Yokoyama (Honorary Fellow, FUJITSU LIMITED)


This research area aims to implement research and development to drastically improve the energy efficiency of information processing, enable the production of new functions, and present paths to truly commercialize the outcomes of such research and development and lead them to innovations by coordinating and integrating researches on materials, electronic devices, and system optimization.

Production of innovative basic technologies is necessary for achieving drastically better energy efficiency of information processing and providing new functions which are the goals of this research area rather than solely relying on the advancement of microfabrication. Such technologies are essential for improving performances and enhancing the Internet and information devices and useful for producing new applications and services, which are more closely related to the physical world by heavily using sensors and actuators.

The following nano-electronics materials and devices are considered specific research fields: devices made from new functional materials,new semiconductors and new insulators, such as carbons, composite materials, and single monoatomic layer materials; quantum effect devices; low-leakage devices; new structural logic devices; new memory devices; devices for power management; new electronic devices for physical world interfaces; and non-Boolean Algebra processing devices. Yet, this research area pursues new functional materials and devices based on new materials, new principles, and new structures rather than being limited to materials and devices listed above. Meanwhile, applications, systems, architectures, and circuits technologies must be coordinated or integrated based on synergy to lead them to true innovations. Thus, this research area actively promotes the optimization of selection and directions of materialtechnologies and device technologies by aiming for practical applications. This research area aims to produce fundamental technologies for innovative information devices through reinforcement and acceleration of such interdisciplinary scientific technologies.

Research Area Advisors

・Hiroyuki Akinaga
Principal Research Manager, National Institute of Advanced Industrial and Science

・Hidemi Ishiuchi
CEO, Former Evolving Nano-process Infrastructure Development Center

・Atsuki Inoue

・Daisuke Ueda
Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technology

・Seiichiro Kawamura
Visiting Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University

・Michiko Kusunoki
Emeritus Professor, Nagoya University

・Takao Sasagawa
Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology

・Toru Shimizu
Professor, Toyo University

・Madoka Takai
Professor, The University of Tokyo

・Mariko Takayanagi
Chief Specialist, Toshiba Electronic Devices & Storage Corporation

・Shuichi Tahara
Exective Director, Photonics Electronics Technology Research Association (PETRA)

・Toyohiro Chikyow
Deputy Director-General, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

・Kenji Tsuda
Independent Technology Journalist

・Yoshinobu Nakagome
Senior Principal Specialist, Renesas Electronics Corporation

・Tadashi Nishimura
Specially Appointed Researcher, Osaka University

・Digh Hisamoto
Technical advisor, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.

・Yoshiro Hirayama
Professor, Tohoku University

・Noburu Fukushima
Chief Fellow, Toshiba Corporation

・TakashI Mizutani
Guest Professor, Chubu University

・Shunichi Muto
Emeritus Professor, Hokkaido University

・Hiroki Morimura
Executive Research Engineer, Supervisor, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation

※Affiliations and titles are as of March 31, 2021.

Year Started : 2013

Ken Uchida
Professor, Keio Univ.
Ultra Low-power, Muti-functional, and High-sensitivity Sensor Platform Realized by Nano Electric Channel and Thermal Management

Shinichi Takagi
Professor, The University of Tokyo
Development of Tunneling MOSFET Technologies for Integrated Circuits with Ultra-Low Power Consumption

Mutsuko Hatano
Professor, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institue of Technology
Development of innovative magnetic image sensors based on carbon nanoelectronics

Year Started : 2014

Tanemasa Asano
Professor, Dept. of Electronics, Graduate School of Infromation Science and Electrical Engineering, Kyushu University
Development of terahertz video imaging device by means of heterogeneous co-design and integration

Masanori Hashimoto
Professor, Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University
Energy-Efficient Computing with Algorithm Embedded Hardware Enabled by Via-Switch

Kazuya Masu
President, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Year Started : 2015

Hidekuni Takao
Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kagawa University
Development of “Nano-scale Tactile Sensing Nerve Network” for quantification of human tactile sense and its application to instrumental measurement of hand feeling

Ken Takeuchi
Professor, Department of Electrical, Electronic and Communication Engineering, Chuo University
Highly reliable long-term semiconductor memory system

Masayoshi Higuchi
Group Leader, Research Center for Functional Materials, National Institute for Materials Science
Ultrafast, ultralow-power, ultralarge-area electrochromism

Masayuki Fujita
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering Science , Osaka University
Development of terahertz integrated technology platform through fusion of resonant tunneling diodes and photonic crystals

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