Director; Yasushi YAGI
ISIR Pursues Target-Driven Basic Research Leading to Real Innovation
The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR) was founded in 1939 as a part of Osaka University with the aim of promoting basic science for the development of industry. Since then, ISIR has conducted interdisciplinary research in the fields of materials, information, and biological sciences. We play a leading role in the nanoscience and nanotechnology research through our Nanotechnology Center, which was established in 2002 and is Japan’s first such center attached to a university.
As a nationwide research collaboration system, ISIR established the Network Joint Research Center for Materials and Devices and works in conjunction with five university-attached research institutes: Research Institute for Electronic Science (Hokkaido University), Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (Tohoku University), Chemical Resources Laboratory (Tokyo Inst. Tech.), ISIR (Osaka University), and Institute. for Materials Chemistry and Engineering (Kyushu University). The Japan’s first nationwide network research center provides a new framework for facilitating the inter-institute collaboration.
For industrial applications of innovative achievements, we have promoted cooperation between academia and industry through Industry-On-Campus in the newly constructed Incubation Building. To promote the globalization of basic innovative research, a research-collaboration agreement was reached between the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center ( imec )— one of the world’s largest nanotechnology research institutes—and ISIR in 2011.
Our world-level innovative basic research efforts address problems related to the environment, energy, medicine, and security and safety on studies in the fields of materials, information, and medical sciences along with those in nanotechnology and nanoscience. ISIR pursues a target-driven basic research leading to real innovation