Greeting from Director
Frontiers in Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials
Our institute, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, IMRAM, is called TAGEN-KEN in Japanese. 19 years have passed from its foundation, April 2001. Nowadays, the word TAGEN is widely known, since the research in our institute has been carried out over "Multidisciplinary" fields of science and engineering for wide variety of materials. Our basis is, unfailingly, in the successor of three prestigious research institutes of Tohoku university: SENKEN (Research Institute of Mineral Dressing and Metallurgy)-SOZAIKEN (Institute for Advanced Materials Processing), KAKEN (Research Institute for Scientific Measurements) and HISUIKEN (Chemical Research Institute of Non‐Aqueous Solution-) -HANNOUKEN (Institute for Chemical Reaction Science). SENKEN was established in 1941, KAKEN was in 1943 and HISUIKEN was in 1944. So, about 80 years have passed since the foundation of the former three institutes. Their research spirits are passed down to us, so that the knowledge and experiences integrated from prestigious institutes allow us to establish so many collaborations among members in different fields of our institute. Thus, a plenty of noticeable research results have been achieved. This traditionality led to the establishment of a new research center, Center for Mineral Processing and Metallurgy, in April 1st, 2018, where researches on mineral processing and metallurgy for urban mine have been uniquely investigated. Our institute has started a new activity as a member of the Network Joint Research Center for Materials and Devise from 2010, composed of five national university institutes, Research Institute of Electronic Science (RIES, Denshiken) in Hokkaido Univ., Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science (CLS, Kaseiken) in Tokyo Institute of Technology, Institute of Science and Industrial Research (ISIR, Sanken) in Osaka Univ., and Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering (IMCE, Sendouken) in Kyushu Univ. This network is open to anyone in Japan and the world including colleges, institutes and private companies, who wishes to collaborate with the institutes. Based on the collaboration among the five institutes, the "Dynamic Alliance for Open Innovation Bridging Human, Environment and Materials" was also founded as a national project started in 2016.
Tohoku Univ. is now promoting the project of a next generation 3 GeV synchrotron radiation facility, whose performance is optimized for soft X-ray energy region. This energy region covers the K-edges of light elements of Li, B, C, N, and O, those are all critical ones to current technological challenges.
Since our institute is the main base of this project, we have been making our best for the realization in the near future. Eight years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. We will contribute our efforts to the reconstruction through material science and technology, as well as to educate researchers and engineers contribute to the nation. We will proceed further in the field of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials.
April 1st, 2020,
Director Masami Terauchi