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Frontier Research Institute for Materials Science

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.

FRIMS Members


Ken-ichi KAKIMOTO, Prof.

Vice Directors 

Koichi HAYASHI, Prof.

Shuichi NAKAMURA, Prof.

Core Members 

Tomokatsu HAYAKAWA, Prof.

Masanobu NAKAYAMA, Prof.

Katsuyoshi IKEDA, Prof.

Masaaki HANEDA, Prof

Toru ASAKA, Assoc. Prof.

Masashi KATO, Assoc. Prof.

Hisashi SATO, Assoc. Prof.

Hidetoshi MIYAZAKI, Assoc. Prof.

Research Fields

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


●OptoBioTechnology Research Unit

Creation of new materials and substances from or modeled after living things by understanding the nature of light and photoexcitation phenomena


●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


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