Carbon nanotube was discovered and reported in 1991 by Dr. Sumio Iijima and has been demonstrated to have electrical conductivity, thermal conductivity, and mechanical strength which had not been archived by conventional materials, and fierce R&D race began. The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), to which the Center belongs, plays a central role in carbon nanotube R&D.
AIST is one of the National Research and Development Agencies and employs the largest number of researchers as a National Research and Development Agency. AIST enrolls researchers and experts in various fields. Therefore, we are able to look for such expert cooperation, borrow their wisdom, or to collaborate with them at times. In this interdisciplinary environment, the Center is working on to realize our mission to contribute to the creation of carbon nanotube industry originating in Japan.
The Center has a number of experienced researchers who have the knowledge and experience of R&D in carbon nanotubes and work hard for our mission to realize. Experienced researchers those who have just finished the Technology Research Association for Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (TASC) project are included. The TASC project aimed at the development of innovative nano carbon materials and ended as of 31st March 2017. We also have a large number of research equipment indispensable for the creation of innovative materials.
The Center develops technologies related to carbon nanotube synthesis, application, and characterization with commercialization in mind and support industry research and development effort, in addition to carry out fundamental research. More precisely, we engage in the development of 1) synthesis technology that contributes to the next generation commercial Carbon nanotubes (CNTs), 2) dispersion, molding, coating, spinning, and micro-processing technology that are the foundation of application development, 3) dispersion solution characterization technology for production management, 4）integration technology of CNTs with rubber, resin, and metal to create innovative property, and we also address 5) researches for standardization to support material technology, 6) information sharing for risk management, and 7) organizing workshops to promote practical application of nano carbon materials.
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