The Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS) engages in research on topics ranging from materials and device development to systems technologies toward the realization of an ecological and sustainable human society.
IMaSS consists of the Center for Integrated Research of Future Electronics (CIRFE), Advanced Measurement Technology Center (AMTC), Division of Materials Research (DM), Division of Systems Research (DS), two funded research divisions, and 9 industry–academia collaborative chairs.
CIRFE engages in leading-edge electronics research, including unexplored research areas of devices with gallium nitride (GaN) and other post-silicon materials, while also cultivating top-notch human resources to lay the foundations of future electronics industries. CIRFE promotes GaN collaborative research with one of the funded research divisions, the industry–academia collaborative chairs, and the consortiums for GaN research and applications.
AMTC specializes in advanced research such as electron microscopy imaging and measurement technologies, as well as human resources development. The Center also provides technical support on nanotechnology to researchers both in Japan and overseas through the Nanotechnology Platform Consortium Project supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).
DM promotes research and development on energy-saving, energy-producing, and ecological materials. The Division is also leading the new collaborative project among six university research institutes, “International, Interdisciplinary Joint Research Project on Design & Engineering by Joint Inverse Innovation for Materials Architecture”.
DS and the other funded research division are engaged in research on ecological energy conversion, network systems for power and traffic, and materials circulation and recycle systems.
IMaSS has also been designated by MEXT as a joint usage/research center of materials and systems for innovative energy management and is vigorously promoting joint usage and research with domestic and overseas universities and research institutes.
Ichiro Naruse is currently the director of the Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS) at Nagoya University. He received a DC degree from Nagoya University, Japan, in 1989. After serving as a research associate, an associate professor, and a professor at Toyohashi University of Technology, he joined Nagoya University in 2007 as a professor in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, then became a professor of the EcoTopia Science Institute at Nagoya University in 2012, and the vice-director of IMaSS in 2017. He became the director of the same institute in 2020. His research interests include energy and environmental engineering, especially for the elucidation of combustion and gasification behaviors of biomasses and wastes and coals, and studies of the emission behaviors of NOx, SOx, particulate matter, and trace metals including mercury and the development of their control techniques.
Vice - Director
Koh Saitoh is currently the vice-director of the Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS) at Nagoya University. He received a DC degree from Tohoku University, Japan, in 1997. After serving as a research associate at Tohoku University, he joined Nagoya University in 2007 as a lecturer of the EcoTopia Science Institute in 2004, then became an associate professor in 2009. He was promoted to a professor of the same institute in 2014 and became a professor of IMaSS in 2015. He became the vice-director of IMaSS in 2020. His research interests include electron beam physics, electron crystallography, and diffraction physics, , with special emphasis on developing measurement technology using innovative electron beams such as electron vortex beams and spin polarized electron beams. Recently, he has started the application of the machine learning technique to electron microscopy data.
Vice - Director
Toshiyuki Yamamoto is currently the vice-director of the Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS) at Nagoya University. He received a doctoral degree from Kyoto University，Japan, in 2000. After serving as Research Associate at Kyoto University, he joined Nagoya University in 2001 as Associate Professor of Graduate School of Engineering. He was promoted to Professor of the EcoTopia Science Institute in 2010, then became Professor of IMaSS according to the reorganization of the institute in 2015. He became the vice-director of IMaSS in 2022.
His research interests include car ownership and usage such as autonomous driving, electric vehicle, and car sharing, and traffic safety analysis by accident statistics data mining, experimental methods, and traffic simulations. Recently, he has started the disaster prevention such as humanitarian logistics for Nankai Trough Earthquake, and research on hydrogen society such as hydrogen fuel cell vehicle ownership and safety issues of hydrogen stations.
・Established EcoTopia Science Institute (Established through the restructuring and integration of the following research centers.)
・Center for Integrated Research in Science and Engineering (1995 reorganization of the Synthetic Crystal Research Laboratory founded in 1963)
・Research Center for Advanced Energy Conversion (Founded in 1982 as the Research Center for Resource and Energy Conservation, changed to the Research Center for Advanced Energy Conversion in 1992, and reorganized in 2002)
・Research Center for Advanced Waste and Emission Management (Founded in 1997)
・Research Center for Nuclear Materials Recycle (Founded in 2001)
・Added specialized instructors in all liberal arts and science departments
・Established Nagoya University EcoTopia Science Institute as a research institute for internal measures
・Reorganized Nagoya University EcoTopia Science Institute as an institute attached to a national university
・Integrated Nagoya University Research Facility for Advanced Science and Technology (founded in 1988)
・Established Nagoya University Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Resource Recovery and Refinery in Asia
・Abolished Nagoya University Center for Information Media Studies (founded in 1998)
・Abolished Nagoya University Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on Resource Recovery and Refinery in Asia
・Established Nagoya University Advanced Measurement Technology Center
・Reorganized to Nagoya University Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS)
・Established Nagoya University Center for Integrated Research of Future Electronics (CIRFE)
・Recognized as Joint Usage/Research Center of materials and systems for innovative energy saving.
・Established Toyota Advanced Power Electronics Funded Research Division
・Established AIST-NU GaN Advanced Device Open Innovation Laboratory
・Established Toyota Advanced Power Electronics IA Collaborative Chair
・Established DENSO Automotive Power Electronics IA Collaborative Chair
・Established NIMS-NU GaN Evaluation Basic Research Laboratory
- Amano-Koide Collaborative Research Lab -
・Established TOYODA-GOSEI GaN Leading Innovative R&D IA Collaborative Chair
・Established 7th phase of Energy Systems (Chubu Electric Power)
Funded Research Division
〈1st phase of Energy Systems Funded Research Division founded in 1996〉