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. It takes 14 years from its foundation, April 2001. Nowadays, it will be widely known, since the research in our institute has been carried out over "Multidisciplinary" fields of science and engineering for materials. Our basis unfailingly is 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, 70 years have passed since the foundation of the former three institutes. Their research spirit will be passed down to us so that the knowledge and experience integrated from prestigious institutes allow us to establish so many collaborations between members of our institute so that a plenty of noticeable research results have been achieved. The projects are exemplified by High Efficiency Rare Elements Extraction Technology, Transmission Electron Microscopy, and Supercritical Nanofluid Technology.
Our institute has started the activity as a member of the new 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., Chemical Resources Laboratory (CRL, Shigennken) 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 these five institutes, the "Nano-Macro Materials, Devices and System Research Alliance" was also founded as a unique 6-year national project starting form 2010 fiscal year for the purpose of strategic development of materials, devices and systems, based upon a concept of "Fusion from nano- to macro-leveled materials" and their deployment in the new technologies as a foundation of the new industries. The collaboration between departments of Tohoku Univ. is now very active and significant so as to lead to excellent successes on material science and engineering. The Materials Solution Center was founded on 2014 on the purpose of an industry-academia collaboration research. Our institute wishes to continue to collaborate with the other departments, School of Science, School of Engineering, Graduate School of Life Sciences, and Graduate School of Environmental Studies.
Four years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011. We contribute our efforts to attain the reconstruction through material science and technology as well as to produce researchers and engineers useful to the nation. We will proceed further advance in the field of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials.