NAIST Graduate School of Materials Science

Sensory Materials and Devices Laboratory (with Shimadzu Corporation)

Staff & Contact
Educational StaffVisiting Prof. Toshiyuki Sato, Keishi Kitamura
Visiting Associate Prof. Masaki Kanai
TEL: +81-774-95-1650

We are advancing our research on sensor and device-related fundamental technologies such as microfabrication. We take advantage of these technologies to then conduct research on various devices such as electrophoresis chips, cell culture chips (Fig.1), microreactors, electro-osmotic pumps, and vapor-liquid separation chips. Additionally, we are also furthering research on molecular imaging technology (Fig.2) and X-ray image sensor systems (Fig.3) to be applied in the medical diagnosis field, as well as working on the integration of these technologies to realize highly functional ultra micro chemical analysis systems (μTAS: Micro Total Analysis Systems).

Taking advantage of semiconductor manufacturing process technologies to apply micromachining to silicon and glass substrates of sub-micron dimensions, we develop functional devices with one-micron sized three dimensional structures that are used for chemical analysis and chemical manipulation (reaction or extraction).
We are also active in the medical diagnosis field, focusing on molecular imaging technology and X-ray imaging systems. We pursue the application of molecular imaging-related technologies such as the molecular design of molecular probes or microreactor based synthetic apparatuses, to medical diagnosis fields including cancer detection at its very early stage. X-ray imaging systems are an important technology in the medical diagnosis field and are investigating a large area 2D X-ray detector composed of a poly crystalline CdZnTe film, a thin film transistor array and read out electronics.
Our laboratory research themes include:
1. Microchemical analysis systems
2. Microreactors and micropumps
3. Molecular imaging
4. X-ray photoconductor materials: Poly crystalline growth and evaluation
5. X-ray imaging systems

  • Fig.1 Cell culture chips
  • Fig.2 Molecular imaging probe "Lactosome" for cancer. (→ : cancer)

Fig.3 X-ray image sensor for diagnosis

  1. Y. Kakimoto et al., “The Effects of Ar Plasma Etching and UV Ozone Treatment on Single-crystal CdTe”, The 63th JSAP Spring Meeting, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan (2016).
  2. T. Okamoto et al., “Deposition of Cl-doped CdTe polycrystalline films by close-spaced sublimation”, Phys. Status Solidi. C12(6), 532–535 (2015).
  3. T. Okamoto et al., “Deposition of polycrystalline Cd1-xZnx Te films on ZnTe/graphite and graphite substrates by close-spaced sublimation”, Phys. Status Solidi. C11 (7-8), 1178-1181 (2014).
  4. S. Okuyama et al., “Formation of CdS/CdZnTe, ZnS/CdZnTe hetero junction by solution growth method”, The 61th JSAP Spring Meeting, Aoyama Gakuin University, Kanagawa, Japan (2014).
  5. Y Yamakawa et al., “Development of a dual-head mobile DOI-TOF PET system having multi-modality compatibility”, Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference (NSS/MIC), Seattle, WA, USA (2014).
  6. KK. Miyake et al., “Performance Evaluation of a New Dedicated Breast PET Scanner Using NEMA NU4-2008 Standards”, Journal of Nuclear Medicine 55(7), 1198-203 (2014).
  7. Y. Kimura et al., “Novel system using microliter order sample volume for measuring arterial radioactivity concentrations in whole blood and plasma for mouse PET dynamic study”, Physics in medicine and biology 58(22), 7889-903 (2013).


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