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INAMORI Frontier Research Center

INAMORI Frontier Research Center has been established in the Ito Campus of the Kyushu University in April 2008 with a substantial support from Inamori Foundation and KYOCERA Corporation.
The center is in the second to fourth floors of the Inamori Center building. The philosophy of the center is to contribute to a future sustainable society where people can live securely and comfortably. The center consists of four research divisions of frontier energy, advanced functional inorganic materials, advanced electronics materials, and advanced biological information. Young excellences in the center are conducting the research pioneering each frontier field with their own approaches.

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Frontier Energy Research Division

Frontier Energy Research Division is tackling a variety of topics related to future energy technologies for sustainable society. Our research interest ranges from atomistic and molecular level materials design, interface design, mesoscopic scale structure design, and further to scenario development for sustainable society. We aim at contributing to new discipline, rich lives and education for sustainable energy society.

Advanced Functional Inorganic Materials Research Division

The Advanced Functional Inorganic Materials Research Division focuses on the multiple length scale ion, electron and electronic-hole transport characterization in metal oxides aiming for efficient solar-fuel and energy conversions. We combine materials synthesis, electrochemical spectroscopy, mass-spectroscopy, thermogravimetry, in-situ high-temperature solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), operand X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), low-energy ion scattering (LEIS), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), and correlate these fundamentals to energy functions in inorganic materials. The research topics include novel catalytic oxides for solar-driven thermochemical fuel production and proton transport in proton-conducting oxides.

Advanced Electronics Materials Research Division

The Advanced Electronics Materials Research Division is advancing the study aiming at exploration of innovative next-generation organic photonics and electronics technologies for sustainable society. Our research interest mainly focuses on developing high-performance organic semiconducting materials and optoelectronics devices, e.g., organic light-emitting diodes, organic transistors, and organic photovoltaics, which can contribute to electronics and energy fields. In our laboratory, measurement systems for investigating optoelectronic properties and device performances of synthesized organic semiconducting materials are equipped.

Advanced Biological Information Research Division

The Advanced Biological Information Research Division promotes the study for understanding the nature of humankind as well as that of life from the aspect of biomacromolecule, which contributes to a realization of a secure and sustainable society. Main topics of our research is epigenetics that is a collection of phenomena and mechanisms that define stably heritable phenotypes that result from changes to chromosomes without alterations in DNA sequence. Our laboratory is equipped with instruments and facilities for biological experiments ranging from the molecular level to the individual level.