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Overview and History

Overview

Overview of the graduate school

New functional materials and new devices are essential to developing modern science and advancing technology. The Graduate School of Materials Science (GSMS) is now promoting 'photonic nanoscience,' which focuses on understanding materials through their interaction with photons. A broad range of wavelengths, from X-ray to microwave, will be employed to elucidate the novel structures, unique properties and new functionality of emerging materials and devices at the quantum, electron, atomic and molecular levels, and beyond. We encourage an interdisciplinary approach in order to design new functional materials, and to develop new devices. Our research output will contribute to new theory, new phenomena, new functional materials, new devices, innovative instruments and new technologies in the future. We educate students cooperatively, preparing them to become excellent, multi-talented researchers who are equipped to lead research and development in their fields.

Structure of laboratories of GSMS

The laboratories of GSMS are grouped into 2 categories, according to their areas of research focus. The first category is Physics/Information, which covers quantum physics and information devices. The second category is Reaction/Biology which includes organic and polymer chemistry and research related to biological materials. Admissions for the master's and doctoral programs at GSMS are restricted to 90 students, and 30 students, respectively.

Features of our school

Brilliant research accomplishments supported by an excellent environment

The faculty-to-student ratio at NAIST is extremely high. Our highly-productive, internationally renowned professors are respected in their fields for their exceptional accomplishments, as evident in the abundance of external research funds they receive, including Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research. We offer state-of-the-art experimental facilities, which allow our students to research and study in a spacious environment. GSMS also boasts the Research and Education Center for Materials Science, an education and research facility on campus designed to give students at NAIST efficient wholehearted support.

Two-way industrial-academic cooperation

We offer fundamental research and education courses in materials science, and promote collaborative laboratories to develop new materials and new devices. The students have many opportunities to visit and conduct studies in corporate research facilities. This level of exchange is made possible by close collaboration with researchers from external institutions, including company laboratories.

Wide range of student support systems

Almost half of the students in the master's program and all students in the doctoral program are able to reside in dormitories on campus. Scholarships and research funds are also available. We cover travel expenses for all students in the doctoral program and a limited number of students in the master's program to attend overseas international conferences. There are several sister school affiliations with academic institutions worldwide. Students are provided with great opportunities to study abroad.

History

DateEvent
May 1996 The Graduate School of Materials Science was established. Prof. Yukio Imanishi is appointed and serves as Acting Dean.
April 1997 Prof. Hiroshi Daimon, Prof. Takashi Fuyuki, Prof. Kiyozou Kakiuchi and Prof. Masao Tanihara join our faculty.
March 1998 Completion of the first stage of the Graduate School of Materials Science building construction (North building E and the auditorium)
April 1998 Prof. Kouji Kushida, Prof. Masaki Aihara, Prof. Masahiro Nunoshita, Prof. Tadasi Shioki, Prof. Jun'ichi Kikuchi, Prof. Mikio Kataoka, and Prof. Yoshiaki Obuke join our faculty. The first students for the master's program are admitted. The Research and Education Center for Materials Science is established. Prof. Kenji Koga joins our faculty. Prof. Kouji Kushida is elected as the Dean of the Center.
February 2000 Completion of the second stage of the Graduate School of Materials Science building construction (West F building)
May 2000 Prof. Hiroo Hashizume joins our faculty.
March 2001 The first Master's degree awarded. (The first students of master's program)
April 2001 Prof. Kouji Kushida iss elected as the Dean of the Graduate School of Materials Science. Prof. Kenji Koga is elected as the Dean of the Center. The first students for doctoral program are admitted.
February 2001 Completion of the third stage of the Graduate School of Materials Science building construction (South E and East F buildings)
March 2002 Prof. Kouji Kushida and Prof. Yukio Imanishi retire.
April 2002 Prof. Yoshihiko Kanemitsu is promoted. Prof. Mikio Kataoka iss elected as the Dean of the Graduate School. Prof. Takashi Fuyuki is elected as the Dean of the Center.
May 2002 Prof. Michiya Fujiki joins our faculty.
September 2002 The first Doctoral degree is awarded. (Completed in accelerated program.)
March 2003 The first students of the doctoral program graduate.
Prof. Kenji Koga retires.
March 2004 Prof. Tsuyoshi Kawai joins our faculty.
April 2004 NAIST becomes National University Corporation. Prof. Mikio Kataoka is elected as the Dean of the Graduate School. Prof. Masahiro Nunoshita is elected as the Vice Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of the Center. Prof. Kiyomi Kakiuchi is elected as the Assistant to the President.
October 2004 Prof. Jun Ohta is promoted.
March 2005 Prof. Hiroo Hashizume retires.
April 2005 Prof. Mikio Kataoka is elected as the Dean of the Graduate School. Prof. Masahiro Nunoshita is elected as the Vice Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of the Center. Prof. Hiroshi Daimon, Prof. Kiyomi Kakiuchi, Prof. Yoshiaki Kobuke and Prof. Masao Tanihara are elected as the Assistants to the President.
March 2006 Prof. Yoshihiko Kanemitsu leaves the Graduate School.
April 2006 Prof. Hisao Yanagi and Prof. Hitoshi Kawaguchi join our faculty.
March 2007 Prof. Yoshiaki Kobuke retires.
April 2007 Prof. Kiyomi Kakiuchi is elected as the Dean of the Graduate School. Prof. Takashi Fuyuki is elected as the Vice Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of the Center. Prof. Tadashi Shiosaki and Prof. Jun-ichi Kikuchi are elected as the Assistants to the President.
Prof. Shun Hirota joins our faculty.
March 2008 Prof. Masahiro Nunoshita retires.
March 2009 Prof. Tadashi Shiosaki retires.
April 2009 Prof. Masao Tanihara is elected as the Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of the Center.
Prof. Jun Ohta is elected as the Vice Dean of the Graduate School.
Prof. Kiyomi Kakiuchi is elected as the Vice President.
Prof. Tsuyoshi Kawai is elected as the Assistants to the President.
Prof. Yukiharu Uraoka is promoted.
April 2011 Prof. Hiroshi Daimon is elected as the Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of the Center.
Prof. Junichi Kikuchi is elected as the Vice Dean of the Graduate School.
Prof. Mikio Kataoka is elected as the Vice President.
Prof. Yukiharu Uraoka is elected as the Assistants to the President.
Specific Research Laboratories are established. (Green Material, Green Device Science, Green Nano System, Green Bio-Nano)
March 2012 Prof. Masaki Aihara retires.
April 2012 Photofunctional Organic Chemistry is established and Prof. Hiroko Yamada is promoted.
April 2013 Prof. Kiyomi Kakiuchi is elected as the Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of the Center.
Prof. Hitoshi Kawaguchi is elected as the Vice Dean of the Graduate School.
Prof. Mikio Kataoka is elected as the trustee and the Vice President.
Prof. Jun Ohta and Prof. Tsuyoshi Kawai are elected as the Assistants to the President.
Organic Electronics Laboratory is established.
January 2015 Nanomaterials and Polymer Chemitry Laboratory is established and Associate Prof. Hiroharu Ajiro is promoted.
March 2015 Prof. Mikio Kataoka and Prof. Hitoshi Kawaguchi retire.
April 2015 Sencing Device Laboratory is established and Prof. Takayuki Yanagida is promoted.
Complex Molecular Systems Laboratory and Laser Nano -Manipulation Science Laboratory are established.
Prof. Kiyomi Kakiuchi is elected as the Dean of the Graduate School and the Dean of the Center.
Prof. Jun Ohta is elected as the Vice Dean of the Graduate School.
Prof. Hisao Yanagi and Prof. Hiroko Yamada are elected as the Assistants to the President.
April 2016 Bio-processing Engineering Laboratory is established
March 2017 Prof. Masao Tanihara retires.
April 2017 Prof. Kiyomi Kakiuchi is elected as the trustee and the Vice President.
Prof. Jun Ohta is elected as the Dean of the Graduate School.
Prof. Tsuyoshi Kawai is elected as the Vice Dean of the Graduate School.
Prof. Shun Hirota and Prof. Hiroko Yamada are elected as the Assistants to the President.
Precision Polymer Design and Engineering Laboratory and Materials Informatics Laboratory are established
March 2018 Prof. Junuchi Kikuchi retires.
April 2018 Three graduate schools were integrated into the Graduate School of Science and Technology.
Prof. Jun Ohta is elected as the Director, Division of Materials Science.
Prof. Tsuyoshi Kawai is elected as the Vice Director, Division of Materials Science.
Data Driven Chemistry Laboratory Laboratory is established.
March 2019 Prof. Hiroshi Daimon and Prof. Michiya Fujiki retires.
April 2019 Prof. Masakazu Nakamura is elected as the Assistants to the President.
Nanomaterials and Polymer Chemistry Laboratory is established.
October 2019 Surface and Materials Science Laboratory Laboratory is established.