[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 Objects

Creation of new functional materials by means of technology for controlling spaces and gaps in advanced materials in order to realize selective material storage, transport, chemical separation, and conversion, etc.

Research Supervisor

Takayasu Sakurai

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

Deputy Research Supervisor

Naoki Yokoyama

Naoki Yokoyama (Honorary Fellow, FUJITSU LABORATORIES LTD.)


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
President, Evolving Nano-process Infrastructure Development Center, Inc.

・Atsuki Inoue

・Daisuke Ueda
Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technology

・Seiichiro Kawamura
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST)

・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
Chief Researcher, 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

Year Started : 2013

Masashi Aono
Associate Professor, Keio University
Amoeba-inspired Computing Paradigm: Ultrahigh Efficiency Problem Solving Utilizing Spatiotemporal Dynamics.


Hiroki Ago
Professor, Global Innovation Center, Kyushu University
Synthesis and Nanoelectronics of Two-Dimensional Integrated Atomic Layers.


Kazuya Ando
Associate Professor, Keio University
Creation of energy-saving nano electronic device based on spin Hall engineering.


Shin-ichiro Inoue
Director, National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT)
Organic-Silicon Hybrid Integrated Photonics for Ultrafast Electro-Optic Devices.


Takeo Ohno
Associate Professor, WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University
Resistive Memory with an Ultra-thin Nanometer-thick Metal Oxide.


Naoya Okada
Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Creation of innovative material and process technologies for ultra-low power consumption devices using transition-metal-encapsulating Si clusters.


Yoshihiko Togawa
Professor, Osaka Prefecture University
Spin Phase Electronics using chiral magnetic order.


Yuko Hara-Azumi
Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology School of Engineering Department of Information and Communications Engineering
Dependable System Designs for Next-Generation Low-Power Devices Exploiting Cross-Layered Functionally-Equivalent Redundancy.


Yasumitsu Miyata
Associate Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Functional one-dimensional interfaces in atomic layer heterostructures for electronics.


Masahito Mochizuki
Professor, Waseda university
Theoretical designing of nano-scale topological spin textures with high device functions.


Yuhsuke Yasutake
Assistant professor, The University of Tokyo
Creation of room temperature operable innovative devices by hydrogen-terminated group 4 monolayers.


Hiroyuki Yamada
Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Nonvolatile Nanoelectronics Based on Heterostructures of Ferroelectrics and Functional Oxides.


Michihisa Yamamoto
Associate Professor, The University of Tokyo
Development of basis technologies toward integration of single electron quantum circuits.


Year Started : 2014

Hiroko Arai
Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Theoretical designing of neuromorphic system based on spintronics devices

Takashi Kohno
Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
Qualitative-modeling-based silicon neuronal network platform

Takeshi Seki
Associate Professor, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University
Ordered Alloy-Based Spin Torque Oscillator with Novel Functionality

Youtarou Takahashi
Accosiate professor, Quantum-Phase Electronics Center, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Electromagnetic wave device through magnetoelectric emergent phenomena

Hikari Tomori
Researcher, Tsukuba University
Controlling electron transport in atomic layers by strain-induced gauge fields for electronics applications

Kosuke Nagashio
Associate Professor, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Gap states analysis for bilayer graphene and their reduction by multi-layered gate stack structure

Takahiro Nagata
Group Leader, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics, National Institute for Materials Science
Development of fluoride based universal high-k dielectric thin film materials

Hideki Hirori
Associate Professor, Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
Controlling material properties through the use of ultra-intense terahertz pulses confined in nano space

Kenjiro Fukuda
Senior research scientist, RIKEN Thin-Film Device Laboratory
Fabrication of fully-printed, substrate-free organic integrated circuits using nanometer-thick polymer dielectric layer

Rekishu Yamazaki
Lecturer, The University of Tokyo
Development of Quantum Electro-Optomechanical Systems

Year Started : 2015

Innovative neural network informational circuit consisting of conducting polymer wires

Research Director:
Megumi Akai-Kasaya(Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University)

Fabrication of epitaxial heterostructures using two-dimensional nitride semiconductors and its application to optoelectronic devices

Research Director:
Jitsuo Ohta(Research Associate, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)

Development of multi-input multi-output circuits using spin-wave phase interference in ultra-thin magnetic oxides

Research Director:
Taichi Goto(Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology)

Reseach and development of steep slope transistor using negative capacitance of gate insulator for ultralow power operation and its application to nanowire structure

Research Director:
Masaharu Kobayashi(Associate Professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo)

Highly sensitive multi-biomarker detection system by intermolecular force sensing using optical interferometry

Research Director:
Kazuhiro Takahashi(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology)

Creation of the disipationless current device in two dimensional structure of oxide with high electron mobility

Research Director:
Kei Takahashi(Senior Research Scientist, Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS), RIKEN)

Development of extremely energy-efficienct superconducting reversible computers

Research Director:
Naoki Takeuchi(IAS Associate Professor, Institute of Advanced Sciences, Yokohama National University)

Realization of the energy-saving phase change memory device on the three-dimensionally architected transition metal oxide nanostructures

Research Director:
Azusa N. Hattori(Assistant Professor, The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University)

Integration of Nanoelectronics into the Transplantable Bioengineered Tissue

Research Director:
Toshinori Fujie(Associate Professor, School of Life Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology)

Nanocarbon-based quantum optoelectronic devices for quantum cryptography

Research Director:
Hideyuki Maki(Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University)

Development of low power consumption magnetic memory with an electric-field writing method

Research Director:
Satoru Yoshimura(Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering & Resource Science, Akita University)

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