National Institute for Materials Science (物質・材料研究機構, Busshitsu-zairyō kenkyū kikō) is an Independent Administrative Institution and one of the largest scientific research centers in Japan. The growth and development of today's scientific research center has passed through several phases in a number of locations: 1956 National Research Institute for Metals (NRIM) was established in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan. In 1979, NRIM opened an office in Tsukuba and by 1995, the institute had moved most of its functions to that location. The Meguro campus continues to exist; and it remains a part of the NRIM successor, the National Institute for Materials Science. 1966 National Institute for Research in Inorganic Materials (NIRIM) was established in Toshima, Tokyo, Japan. NIRIM was moved to Tsukuba in 1972, in the very early stages of the Tsukuba Science City. This event was considered as the first transfer of a national research institute in Japan. 2001 An independent administrative institute NIMS was established in Tsukuba by merging NRIM and NIRIM.
Nano-sized silicon oxide electrode for the next generation lithium ion batteries
The lithium ion battery market has been growing steadily and has been seeking an approach to increase battery capacity while retaining its capacity for long recharging process.
Lateral crystal growth using oxide nanosheets as seed crystals
In the demonstration project for practical application at the Kanagawa Academy of Science and Technology (KAST), the research group led by Dr. Tetsuya Hasegawa developed a method for growing high-quality ...
Technique to develop low-friction materials with application for energy issues
A research group led by Dr. Masahiro Goto and Dr. Michiko Sasaki created an unprecedented, highly efficient method for developing friction materials with a desired frictional property. The method is able ...
Precision control of the timing, structure and functions in molecular self-assembly
A research group led by Dr. Takashi Nakanishi, MANA Independent Scientist, and Dr. Martin J. Hollamby, ICYS Researcher, developed a new technology that can easily and precisely control the timing of and the ...
Success in intracellular imaging of cesium distribution in plants used for cesium absorption
A research team led by Dr. Hirokazu Komatsu has developed for the first time a method for imaging cesium distributions in plant cells. Prior to this work, imaging of cesium distributions in plant cells had ...
Detection of spin-resolved electronic states from a buried ferromagnetic layer
Researchers at the Synchrotron X-ray Station at Spring-8 and Tohoku University have successfully detected spin-resolved electronic states from a buried ferromagnetic layer, which had been difficult to detect ...
Discovery of pure organic substances exhibiting the quantum spin liquid state
Researchers at the University of Tokyo and Japan's National Institute for Materials Science have discovered pure organic substances exhibiting the quantum spin liquid state.
Intermixing molecules key to energy conversion efficiency in solar cells
Using a soft X-ray microscope, a Japanese research team has examined the nanostructure of organic solar cells and discovered that different molecules are intermixed in each molecular domain.
Researchers demonstrate electrocatalytic activity of boron nitride thin films for oxygen reduction reaction
A Japanese research team has successfully demonstrated a new approach toward a non-precious metal oxygen reduction catalyst for fuel cells.
Formation of organic thin-film transistors through room-temperature printing
Japanese researchers have established a process for forming organic thin-film transistors (TFTs), conducting the entire printing process at room temperature under ambient atmospheric conditions.
Discovery of a novel gold-based superconductor
A National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) research team has synthesized a novel superconductor, SrAuSi3, which contains gold as a principal constituent element.
Nanomechanical sensors detect cancer from breath
An array of functionalised membrane-type surface stress sensors (MSS) distinguishes cancer patients from healthy people through a signature response to breath samples.
World's first successful visualisation of key coenzyme
Japanese researchers have successfully developed the world's first imaging method for visualising the behaviour of nicotine-adenine dinucleotide derivative (NAD(P)H), a key coenzyme, inside cells. This feat ...
Identifying complex growth process of strontium titanate thin films
The research group including AIMR and NIMS developed a new advanced system, combining a super-resolution microscope and a deposition chamber for growing oxide thin films. With this system, they successfully ...
Water-splitting photocatalyst that is abundant and inexpensive with low toxicity discovered
As a part of JST's problem-solving oriented basic research program, the research group led by the principal researcher Hideki Abe and the senior researcher Naoto Umezawa at the NIMS's Environmental Remediation ...