Research Projects

We carry out research in an extensive range of chemistry fields, including both basic and applied research, at the Institute for Chemical Research (ICR) . The following sections describe major research projects at ICR.

  1. Research and Education Funding
  2. Other Major Research Projects

Research and Education Funding

Joint Usage / Research Center:Frontier and Interdisciplinary Research Core for Deepening Investigation and Promoting Collaboration in Chemistry-oriented Fields

 Representative from ICR : TOKITOH, Norihiro          Term : 2016-2021

Institute for Chemical Research (ICR) has been functioning since 2010 as a “Joint Usage/Research Center (JURC)” approved by MEXT. On the basis of frontier research and extensive domestic/ international collaboration so far conducted at ICR, the JURC aims to further develop cooperative research and cultivate young researchers in chemistry-oriented fields; 68, 75, 77, 76, 98,and 104 research subjects were pursued at JURC in the fiscal years of 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014, and 2015 respectively. The achievements of ICR-JURC were highly appreciated by MEXT on the occasion of the end-term evaluation in 2015 to receive the highest S rating. Thus, ICR has been approved as a JURC for a second six-year term starting from April 2016. For further details, click here.


MEXT Project of Integrated Research Consortium on Chemical Sciences

Joint Project with ICAT (Hokkaido Univ.), RCMS (Nagoya Univ.), and IMCE (Kyushu Univ.)

 Representative from ICR : SHIMAKAWA, Yuichi          Term : 2016-2021

Cutting-edge scientific research is increasingly interdisciplinary. In order to advance and create integrated research on chemical synthesis it is imperative to have coordinated cooperation across various research fields. Our cooperative research initiative is very unique, one of a kind in that it coordinates collaborative research across four different institutions.

International Research Center for Elements Science, etc

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MEXT Project of Creative Research on Highly Efficient Smart Materials for Green Innovation

Joint Project with Institute of Advanced Energy (Kyoto Univ.), Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (Kyoto Univ.)



 Representative from ICR : TOKITOH, Norihiro

         Term : 2015-2020

Three institutes on the cutting edge in the field of chemistry, biology, and materials science aim at creating a novel under-one-roof type of cooperative research initiative and hence bio-inspired and highly efficient “smart materials” for “zero loss” in the production/transport/use of materials and energy.

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Other Major Research Projects

JST Strategic Basic Research Programs (ACCEL)



Reinforcement of Resiliency of Concentrated Polymer Brushes and Its Tribological Applications – Development of Novel “Soft and Resilient Tribology(SRT)” System

 Research Leader : TSUJII, Yoshinobu   WATANABE, Hiroshi          Term : 2015-2019

Data Mining-based Evaluation and Design of Materials for Concentrated Polymer Brushes(CPB)

 Research Leader : MAMITSUKA, Hiroshi          Term : 2015-2019

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