Ken-ichi Kakimoto Director, Frontier Research Institute for Materials Science
The Frontier Research Institute for Materials Science (FRIMS) pursues "materials science" from an original perspective, so that it is rooted in the fields of chemistry and physics, which are the foundations of the research, and it is a fusion that goes beyond the expertise of its members. We are conducting researches, for instance, the challenges that support the evolution of Japan's strengths in material science research, such as the synthesis of new materials by atomic / molecular level material design, the search for new physical properties, the development of measurement and evaluation technology, and the innovation of material development methods by computational science.
Promotion of problem-solving engineering education
Foster global research leaders with internationalism, broad perspectives and excellent research abilities including the creation of innovation, and who can play active roles in industry, academia and government.
Creation of new fields through integrated research of physics, chemistry and biology
Contribute to industrial development by deepening science and the creation of innovative techniques for developing next-generation materials and substances.
Formation of international research bases
Create innovative materials for the applications in systems & devices.
Ken-ichi KAKIMOTO, Prof.
Koichi HAYASHI, Prof.
Shuichi NAKAMURA, Prof.
Tomokatsu HAYAKAWA, Prof.
Masaaki HANEDA, Prof
Toru ASAKA, Assoc. Prof.
Hidetoshi MIYAZAKI, Assoc. Prof.
Green Research Field
Cultivation of pioneering environmental remediated & improved materials and low environmental load processes
Energy Research Field
Advancement of energy conversion materials that form the core of fuel cells, next-generation cells, solar batteries, and thermoelectric conversion elements
Healthcare Research Field
Surface design of materials for controlling bio-interfaces
Research education units
●Functional Molecules Research Unit
Development of new functional molecular tools which contribute to life science and material science
●Structural Properties Research Unit
Search for new dimension materials based on correlations between material structures and properties in atomic-, nano- and micro-scales
●Interface Research Unit
Creation of interfaces with new functions which lead to the innovation in next generation Industry
●Membrane Science Research Unit
Cultivation of nano-tune science that aims to design a high functional membrane structure
- Philippe Miele, Prof.
●Hybrid Science Research Unit
Creation of innovative biomaterials, environmental materials, and functional materials for which hetero-interface processing is utilized
- Julian R Jones, Prof.
- Anthony Maçon, Assist. Prof.
- Maria Nelson, MSc
- Gavin Jell, Assoc. Prof.
- Tobias Fey, Assoc. Prof.
- Vadim Soloshonok, Prof.
- Véronique Gouverneur, Prof.
- Gunter Haufe, Prof.
- Ashutosh Dubey, Assist. Prof.
- David O'Hagan, Prof.
- Ralf Riedel, Prof.
- Samuel Bernard, Assoc. Prof.
- Thierry Chartier, Prof.
- Bernd Meyer, Prof.
●OptoBioTechnology Research Unit
Creation of new materials and substances from or modeled after living things by understanding the nature of light and photoexcitation phenomena
- Richard A. Mathies, Prof.
- Gebhard Schertler, Prof.
- Tatiana Domratcheva, Assoc. Prof.
- Peter Rich, Prof.
- Nicoleta Bondar, Assoc. Prof.
- Leonid S. Brown, Prof.
- John Christie, Prof.
- Víctor Lórenz-Fonfría, Assoc. Prof.
- Oded Béjà, Prof.
- Peter Hegemann, Prof.
- Krzysztof Palczewski, Prof.
- Ofer Yizhar, Prof.
●Computational Science Research Unit
Design of innovative high-functional materials
●Multi-Energy Innovation Research Unit
Establishment of a system to create and utilize total energy