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[F1 hybrid]

Molecular studies on new resources for hybrid rice breeding

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F1 hybrid breeding is one of the most advanced techniques for production of cultivars with higher yield and desirable traits of both parents. Most of hybrid rice utilize cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) and fertility restoration system. We develop a Tohoku University-original CW-type CMS and fertility restorer line and study their molecular mechanism. The CW-type cytoplasm enables indica rice cultivars to be CMS, which could not be achieved by other known cytoplasm.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

Hybrid rice has an average 30% yield advantage over inbred lines, and is cultivated on 13% of the world rice fields. Our study provides a new and original resource for hybrid rice breeding for globalization of rice industry.

Graduate School of Agricultural Science
TORIYAMA Kinya, Professor Doctor of Agriculture

[Failure analysis]

[fall]

Development of Fall-Prevention Footwear Based on Mechanical Analysis of Slip-Related Falls

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The number of fatalities due to falling accidents indoor/outdoor has increased in Japan as well as in other advanced countries. The fatalities due to falling accidents in a year have exceeded those due to traffic accidents in Japan recently. Because more than 80% of the fatalities are elderly people, it is considered an urgent issue to prevent their falling. We have conducted researches on falling during walking due to induced slip, in the contact interface of shoe sole and floor, through tribological and biomechanical approaches. We clarified the required values of static friction coefficient (figure 1), between shoe sole and floor, and how to gait to prevent slipping through kinetic analysis of gait. We also succeeded in the development of a unique footwear outsole having the high-grip property (figure 2) and high slip-resistant concrete pavement blocks (figure 3) through the collaboration with regional companies. We have recently conducted research and development of footwear that is able to prevent falls due to balance loss after slipping.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

Products for fall prevention in daily life or in work site. Evaluation of slip resistance of footwear and floor materials.

Graduate School of Engineering
YAMAGUCHI Takeshi, Professor Doctor of Engineering

[fatigue]

The Novel Ultrasound Irradiation Device

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Dr. Katsunori Nonogaki has developed the novel ultrasound irradiation device, which can improve the autonomic nervous system activity and peripheral circulation. In addition, the ultrasoud device can improve hypertension and hyperglycemia within 20 min in subjects with drug-resistant hypertension and diabetes. Our initial device was approved in Japan (226AIBZX00028000). This device will be avaliable for the treatment of 1) muscle pain, 2) the autonomic neural dysfunction and stress-related disorders, 3) hypertention, and 4) diabetes. Moreover, the device will be usefull for your healthy life and aging care.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

Our aims are to export the device internationally. We seek the investment and international business partners.

Department of Diabetes Technology, Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering
NONOGAKI Katsunori, Professor MD, PhD

[Fatigue Strength]

Cavitation Peening

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Surface modification method to improve fatigue strength has been developed using cavitation impacts, which are normally causes severe damage in hydraulic machineries. The method was called "cavitation peening". In order to make clear the mechanism, a load controlled plate bending fatigue test machine was developed. It was proved by using the test machine that the threshold level of stress intensity factor was improved about 1.9 times by cavitation peening. The mitigation of hydrogen embrittlement by cavitation peening was also improved.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

The cavitation peening can apply to component of automobile and forging die. We hope to conduct collaborative research with a willing company for a practical application of this technology in industry.

Graduate School of Engineering
SOYAMA Hitoshi, Professor Doctor of Engineering

[Fatty acid methyl and ethyl esters]

A Novel Process for Continuous Production of High Quality Biodiesel with Ion-Exchange Resin Catalysts

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We successfully developed a continuous production process for high-quality biodiesel. This production technology is very simple, just passing through the reactors packed with ion-exchange resins without complicated upstream and downstream processes, which provide additional production cost and environmental stress and the entire process is fully automatic. With this technology, you can easily produce high-quality biodiesel from various cheaper oils with fatty acid content up to 100%.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

This innovative technology succeeds in solving the serious problems in the current biodiesel production, restriction by shortage of feedstock supply and the unstable quality of biodiesel due to the soap formation. This technology also applies to the production of fatty acid methyl ester, a starting material for surfactant production, which is an important intermediate step in oleochemistry.

Graduate School of Engineering
SHIBASAKI-KITAKAWA Naomi, Professor Doctor of Engineering

[Feasibility Assessment]

A Study on the Proper Waste Management and Urban Mining Project in Asian Countries; International Resources Recycling and Cross-Border Pollution

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The objective of this research is to maximize international resource recycling efficiency through a feasibility assessment of urban mining project in East Asia. It is not only focused on valuable materials but also on less valuable materials like waste plastics. The merit of this approach is its consideration of social, economic and environmental systems in each country.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

This research is envisioned to support the establishment of resource recycling systems, developing new business models, people-to-people exchange and information sharing.

Graduate School of International Cultural Studies
YU Jeongsoo, Professor PhD(Urban and Regional Planning)

[Feedback recycling]

Chemical Recycling of Problematic Polymeric Wastes

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The Yoshioka Laboratory works on the recycling of various polymers by thermal and wet processes. Plastics such as poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and high impact polystyrene (HIPS) cause serious problems during their recycling for the recycling process and the environment. However, these materials can also be seen as a resource for new materials. The decarboxylation of PET results in high yields of benzene that can be used as a chemical feedstock. Another important feature is the dehalogenation of flame retarded plastics and PVC. Dechlorinated plastic waste can be an important source for hydrocarbons, which can be used as fuels and chemical feedstock. The chemical modification of PVC offers the possibility of new materials with new properties. Modified PVC can be used as antibacterial material or as a material with ion exchange properties. The removal of brominated flame retardants from HIPS leads to higher recovery rates of styrene during thermal processing. When a wet process is used, the resulting flame retardant free HIPS can be reused.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

We are eager to help companies to overcome their problems during recycling and recovery, and provide solutions for the treatment of waste materials.

Graduate School of Environmental Studies
YOSHIOKA Toshiaki, Professor Graduate School of Engineering

[femtosecond laser]

Nanoparticle synthesis by femtosecond laser pulses

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By using femtosecond laser pulses, nanoparticles of noble metals (gold, platinum, silver, palladium etc.) are synthesized. Particles with the size of a few nanometers are fabricated by simply irradiating metal ion solution with the laser pulses. This process needs no reducing agent and is able to synthesize alloy nanoparticles of noble metals. The collection of nanoparticles is easy because the process is performed in liquid. We are prepared to provide academic consultations to companies interested in our research.

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Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials
SATO Shunichi, Professor Doctor of Engineering

[Ferromagnetism]

Oxide Electronics

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Our research group investigates creation of functional oxides and their functionalities. We synthesize thin films by pulsed laser deposition and sputtering methods and bulk specimens, and develop their novel synthetic routes. Recently, we are studying electrically conducting rare earth oxides, transparent room temperature ferromagnetic semiconductors, and layered superconductors with monatomic Bi layer. We will develop our materials design by extending materials range and performing oxide heteroepitaxy.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

Collaborative research in fields of oxide electronics with novel electric conducting oxides and oxide spintronics with ferromagnetic semiconductors and novel ferromagnetic oxides.

Advanced Institute for Materials Research
FUKUMURA Tomoteru, Professor Doctor of Engineering

[fertility]

Economics of Aging

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I investigate on the economics of aging, the optimal social welfare policy, low fertility and so on not based on the historical and systematic approach but based on the neo-classical economic theory. I also use econometric method and statistical approach. I often estimate the future projections of the population, public finance, magnitude of private markets, the results of public policies.
I also research on the comparative studies on East Asia (Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan) and European (especially Scandinavian countries). I provide statistic data and information on the economic and political systems on the aging in Japan.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

The future estimation on the financial status , market caused by low fertility and aging. The effective management of the medical institutions, social welfare systems, gender equality societies for the central and local government, research institutions, public enterprises, and financial Institutions.

Graduate School of Economics and Managemant
YOSHIDA Hiroshi, Professor

[Fiber-Cement-Stabilized Soil]

Development of Recycling Technology for High-Water Content Sludge by Using Fiber Materials

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The recycling rate of construction muds and sludge is very low because the water content of these muds is very high and direct reuse of them is very difficult. Therefore, a new recycling technology for high-water content sludge has been developed in this laboratory. This technology is called "Fiber-Cement-Stabilized Soil Method", and it uses fiber materials and cement. The main feature of this method is to mix the fiber materials with the sludge, and the fiber materials included in the soil produce several geotechnical merits.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

The modified soils produced by this method can be used as ground materials for reinforced embankment of the river bank and soil structures because they have several features such as high failure strength, high failure strain high durability for drying and wetting and high dynamic strength.

Graduate School of Environmental Studies
TAKAHASHI Hiroshi, Professor Doctor of Engineering

[fiber-reinforced cementitious composite]

[fibrosis]

Development of anti-fibrotic therapies with a cell line from myofibroblasts of fibrotic kidneys

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There are serious unmet medical needs in kidney diseases. Since fibrosis is a common terminal pathology of various kidney diseases and closely related to renal failure, anti-fibrotic therapies are plausible strategies for kidney diseases. Kidney fibrosis progresses with the emergence of myofibroblasts which produce extracellular matrix. We demonstrated that myofibroblasts originate from renal interstitial fibroblasts, which produce the erythroid growth factor erythropoietin, and that the transformation is reversible. To elucidate mechanisms of kidney fibrosis, we have established a cell line derived from myofibroblasts of mouse kidneys. It has been demonstrated that epigenetic interventions restore the cells (Replic cells) to their original fibroblastic features.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

Replic cells provide useful and precise strategies to identify anti-fibrotic drugs.

Applied Oxygen Physiology Project, NICHe
SUZUKI Norio, Professor Ph.D.

[filter]

Development of Open Nanoporous Base and Half Metals, Metalloids and their Alloys

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Nanoporous metals have drawn considerable attention due to their highly functional properties. They are generally produced by selective dissolution of elements from a multicomponent alloy (known as the dealloying method). As this method is based on differences in the electrode potential of each element present in the alloy, and this potential is high for noble metals, porous structure can be obtained only for noble metals. Recently we have found a new, simple and easy dealloying method without using aqueous solution, which enable us to develop an open nanoporous non-oxidized metallic material even with base metals (such as Ti, Ni, Cr, Fe, Mo, etc), metalloids and their alloys.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

This technique is very powerful for developing new functional electrodes, catalysts, filters as well for removing toxic metallic element from the surface of biomaterials containing the toxic element.

Institute for Materials Research
KATO Hidemi, Professor PhD (Engineering)

[Fine particles]

Creation of Organic-Inorganic Hybrid Materials and their Application

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Organicl compounds, such as liquid-crsytals, polymers, etc., can be hybridized with inorganic materials in atomic level, in particuar, with nanoparticles. Both of high effeciency of processing ease for the former and high possibilities of physical properties for the latter can be attained through the complete solution of trade-off characteristics. For example, this atomic-level hybridization technique makes inorganic nanoparticles active for the response like a liquid crystal. By using this method, we expect we can conduct effective collaborative research in medical fields.

Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials
MURAMATSU Atsushi, Professor Doctor of Engineering

Functional Uniform Nanoparticles Production and Their Industrial Use

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Nanoparticles and/or fine particles to be used for functional materials, such as semiconductor, photocatalysts, dielectric and/or piezoelectric materials, cosmetics, catalysts, etc., has been synthesized in liquid-phase. Their size, shape, composition, and structure have been <strong>precisely controlled</strong> along an expected usage. <strong>Tailor-made synthesis method</strong> has been provided for nanoparticles and/or fine particles the companies wish to use.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

Until now, we have been supplying nanoparticles and/or fine particles of ITO (Indium Tin Oxides) as TCO, Bi based or Nb based particles for lead-free piezoelectric ceramics, perovskite-based oxides for dielectric materials etc. The gel-sol method as the main synthesis method for uniform particles makes the production cost reduced.

Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials
MURAMATSU Atsushi, Professor Doctor of Engineering

[finite element method]

Performance enhancement and application development of energy harvesting materials by microstructure design

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To realize IoT society, it is required the sensors, which function without battery charge. We study on energy harvesting materials using our knowledge about materials mechanics and numerical simulation such as finite element method. We recently address to develop energy harvesting devices, which can recovery the unharnessed energy around us as electrical energy.

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Department of Materials Processing, Graduate School of Engineering
NARITA Fumio, Professor Doctor of Engineering

[first-principles calculation]

Theoretical Design of New Materials and Device Functionality based on First-principles Calculations

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We are doing theoretical research on electrical conductivity in magnetoresistive devices using highly spin-polarized materials. The aim is to achieve very functional spintronics devices such as read-out heads for ultrahigh-density magnetic recording and non-volatile spin memories. We also investigate magnetoresistive devices using perpendicularly magnetized materials to ensure endurance against thermal fluctuations of the magnetization. We successfully achieve a guideline for improvement of the magnetoresistive performance by designing the crystal structure at the interface between ferromagnets and oxides theoretically.
We believe that first-principles calculations, which need no empirical parameter, play a very important role in research and development of various materials. Please contact us if you want to collaborate with us.

Research Institute of Electrical Communication
SHIRAI Masafumi, Professor Doctor of Engineering

[Flexible display]

Advanced Technology on Flexible Liquid Crystal Displays

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Flexible liquid crystal displays using thin plastic film substrates instead of glass substrates contained in current liquid crystal displays, are bendable, thin, lightweight, and do not crack, and generate new usage styles and human interfaces due to their excellent storability and portability. We have been researching the basic technologies for large-screen and high-quality flexible displays using functional organic materials including liquid crystal and polymer, so that anyone can enjoy fertile information services.

Targeted Application(s)/Industry

We hope to conduct collaborative research with a willing company in industry, for development and practical application of the advanced flexible display technologies.

Department of Electronic Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering
FUJIKAKE Hideo, Professor Ph. D.