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Tanaka Memorial Foundation Announces Recipients of Precious Metals Research Grants

PR-Inside.com: 2017-04-06 09:59:22
- Takafumi Fukushima, Associate Professor at Tohoku University, wins Platinum Award for development of technology that contributes to expanded directed self-assembly wiring generated by block polymers and gold nanoparticles


- Prize won for developing technology that can enhance performance and reduce manufacturing costs of next-generation semiconductors by taking advantage of the properties of precious metal nanoparticles


TOKYO, Mar 30, 2017 - (ACN Newswire) - The Tanaka Memorial Foundation (Representative Director: Hideya Okamoto) today announced the recipients of the FY2016 Precious Metals Research Grants.


Following a rigorous screening, the five-million-yen Platinum Award was granted to Associate Professor Takafumi Fukushima of Tohoku University, and the two-million-yen Gold Award was granted to Professor Seiji Miura of Hokkaido University. In addition, Toshinori Fujie, an assistant professor at Waseda University, and Shingo Maruyama, an assistant professor at Tohoku University, were granted Young Researcher Awards, a new award category created last year, and four other research projects received Silver Awards.


The Tanaka Memorial Foundation undertakes programs designed to foster development in new precious metal fields and contribute to the advancement of science, technology, and socio-economics so that numerous people can experience an enriching society through advances in science and technology. The research grant program was launched in FY1999 and has been conducted every year since to support the various challenges faced in the "new world opened up by precious metals." This year, the 18th of the program, 177 applications were received in a wide range of fields where precious metals can make contributions to research and development of new technologies. A total of 16.3 million yen in research grants was awarded for 19 projects.


The recipients of the one Platinum Award and one Gold Award, their research topics, and the reasons for the awards are shown below.


- Associate Professor Takafumi Fukushima of Tohoku University


Development of technology that contributes to expanded directed self-assembly wiring generated by block polymers and gold nanoparticles


As vacuum deposition technology evolves, state-of-the-art semiconductor forming technologies have achieved remarkable scaling and low costs even more than in the past and have made Moore's Law a reality, but the miniaturization of semiconductors is approaching its physical limits and major breakthroughs in processing methods are needed.


This research makes skillful use of the directed self-assembly (DSA) of organic materials and nanoparticles to indicate a novel technique that does not use the vacuum systems currently employed or high-cost patterning technologies. This research is a major breakthrough for future semiconductor manufacturing innovation and is highly evaluated as advanced research that skillfully makes use of the properties of precious metal materials.


- Professor Seiji Miura of Hokkaido University


An attempt to create precious metal-based high-entropy alloys and experimental formation of multidimensional phase equilibrium


This research is an attempt to apply material systems known as high-entropy alloys (HEA), an area in which much research is currently being conducted on Cr, Ni, and other metals, to material systems that use precious metals. This research was highly evaluated for guiding investigations on what type of material design should be created for materials that maintain high strength at high temperatures according to the desired properties using a multi-component phase equilibrium diagram.


Two Young Researcher Awards, four Silver Awards, and 11 Encouragement Awards were also granted. The recipients of these awards and an overview of the Precious Metals Research Grants are indicated below. Applications for the FY2017 research grants are scheduled to open in the autumn.


List of Recipients of the 2016 Precious Metals Research Grants


- Platinum Award (1 award, 5 million yen)


Takafumi Fukushima, Associate Professor, Tohoku University


Development of technology that contributes to expanded directed self-assembly wiring generated by block polymers and gold nanoparticles


- Gold Award (1 award, 2 million yen)


Seiji Miura, Professor, Hokkaido University


An attempt to create precious metal-based high-entropy alloys and experimental formation of multidimensional phase equilibrium


- Young Researcher Awards (2 awards, 1 million yen each)


Toshinori Fujie, Lecturer, Waseda University


Development of a Wireless Power Feed Injectable Light-Emitting Device for Optogenetics


Shingo Maruyama, Assistant Professor, Tohoku University


Growth of High-Quality 3C-SiC Thin Films from Precious Metal Base Flux


- Silver Awards (4 awards, 1 million yen each)


YAMABE-MITARAI Yoko, Group Leader, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)


Development of High-Temperature Shape-Memory Alloys for Jet Engines


Masakazu Iwamoto, Professor, Chuo University


Development of a Precious Metal Catalyst that Exhibits High Activity in Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Technique Ammonia Synthesis


Atsushi Nakajima, Professor, Keio University


Development of Nano-Cluster Memory Devices


Haruno Murayama, Associate Professor, Kyushu University


Selective Adsorptive Desulfurization of Beverages using Silica-Supported Gold Nanoparticles, Particularly Selective Elimination of Deterioration Odors From Rice Wine


- Encouragement Award (11 awards, 300,000 yen each)


Hirofumi Miyaji, Lecturer, Hokkaido University


Masayuki Yagi, Professor, Niigata University


Hiroshi Suga, Assistant Professor, Chiba Institute of Technology


Masami Taguchi, Professor, Akita University


Yusuke Yamauchi, Group Manager, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)


Masako Kato, Professor, Hokkaido University


Ryota Kondo, Assistant Professor, Kansai University


Eiichi Sato, Professor, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA)


Yasufumi Enami, Professor, Kochi University of Technology


Hideyuki Shinmori, Associate Professor, University of Yamanashi


Tsuyohiko Fujigaya, Associate Professor, Kyushu University


Overview of the 2016 Precious Metals Research Grants


Subject:


New technologies, and research and development, to which precious metals can make a contribution


Grant amounts:


- Platinum Award: 5 million yen (1 award)


- Gold Award: 2 million yen (1 award)


- Silver Awards: 1 million yen (4 awards)


- Young Researcher Awards (for researchers of up to 37 years of age): 1 million yen (2 awards)


- Encouragement Award: 300,000 yen (several awards)


* The grant amount is treated as a scholarship donation.


* Each award is given to research deemed to make a particularly large contribution to commercialization and practical implementation, and awards may not be granted in some cases.


Eligible candidates:


Personnel who belong to educational research institutions or public research institutes in Japan


- Applicants belonging to research institutions in Japan are eligible regardless of whether they are based in Japan or overseas.


- Young Researcher Awards are given to young researchers aged up to 37 years old as of April 1, 2016.


Application period:


9am, September 5, 2016 (Mon) - 5pm, November 30, 2016 (Wed)


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