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Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Japan (MEXT)
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas
Project Leader: Takashi Kato, Area Number: 6104, FY2019-FY2023

Aquatic Functional Materials

Creation of New Materials Science for Environment-Friendly and Active Functions

Recent News

  • 1 Aug. 2022

    The 12th Newsletter (Aquatic Functional Materials News) is now available online.

  • 11 Jul. 2022

    The 11st Newsletter (Aquatic Functional Materials News) is now available online.

  • 9 May 2022

    The 5th Research Area Meeting of Aquatic Functional Materials (not open to the public) was held online from May 9th (Mon) to 10th (Tus), 2022. From Apr 2022, the second half of the 4th and 5th fiscal year has started. Researchers of Publicly Offered Research have joined the research area. The 5th Research Area Meeting confirmed collaborative activities within the area to further develop and deepen the research in the area.

  • 6 May 2022

    The 10th Newsletter (Aquatic Functional Materials News) is now available online.
    The Newsletter introduces the 4th Research Area Meeting of Aquatic Functional Materials and the 2nd Industry-Academia Collaboration Forum.

  • 20 Apr. 2022

    On April 20, 2022, Go Watanabe (Co-Investigator of Research Group A02, Kitasato University) and Takashi Nakamura (Investigator of Research Group A01/Publicly Offered Research, Tsukuba University) received The Young Scientists’ Award, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (commendation organization: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan). The Young Scientists’ Award is awarded to researchers under the age of 40 who have made outstanding achievements in research, originality, and outstanding research & development (R&D) capabilities. The official press release from the MEXT is readable here.

  • 1 Apr. 2022

    With new Publicly Offered Researchers on this “Aquatic Functional Materials” project, we are going to kick off a fresh start on the research activities to further deepen the science about “Aquatic Functional Materials”. They were selected based on the proposals for Publicly Offered Research (FY2022-FY2023) in the Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research.

  • 4 Feb. 2022

    The 2nd Industry-Academia Collaboration Forum (open to the public) was held online.
    More than 500 participants, mainly from industry, joined the forum, the researchers from Planned Research and Publicly Offered Research gave lectures, and we had active discussions. The participants from industry showed the expectations for new perspectives on water in this project toward sustainable society where materials are in harmony with environment.

  • 25 Jan. 2022

    The 4th Research Area Meeting of Aquatic Functional Materials (not open to the public) was held online.
    Researchers from Publicly Offered Research gave lectures about the results of their researches obtained over the past two years, as well as their joint research and collaboration activities within the research area. Active discussions on the new science about water were held, and collaborative activities within the area were also discussed.

  • 17 Jan. 2022

    Kyushu University issued a press release concerning "Functionalization mechanism of blood-compatible polymer" examined by Masaru Tanaka (Principal Investigator of Research group A03-2, Kyushu University) and Yoshihisa Harada (Principal Investigator of Research group A02-1, The University of Tokyo). The article is here. Synthesis and interfacial analyses by Tanaka group were combined with soft x-ray emission spectroscopy by Harada group to reveal the hydration mechanism of the blood-compatible polymer. The research was published in the international journal Langmuir, and selected as a Supplementary Cover of the issue.

  • 29 Dec. 2021

    The 9th Newsletter (Aquatic Functional Materials News) is now available online.

  • 17 Nov. 2021

    On October 27, 2021, a research paper entitled “Uniaxially Oriented Electrically Conductive Metal–Organic Framework Nanosheets Assembled at Air/Liquid Interfaces” reported by Rie Makiura (Co-Investigator of Research group A01, Osaka Prefecture University) was published online and selected as a Supplementary Cover.
    The research achievement was press-released by Osaka Prefecture University, The University of Tokyo , and SPring-8/JASRI and highlighted by EurekAlert!, AsiaResearchNews and AZONANO.

  • 28 Aug. 2021

    The 8th Newsletter (Aquatic Functional Materials News) is now available online.

  • 3 Sep. 2021

    The research paper on silicone material whose elastic modulus changes 100 million times with humidity by Mitsuo Hara (Principal Investigator of Research Group A01, Nagoya University) was published in an international academic journal, Scientific Reports on September 3, 2021. Nagoya University issued a press release(See this page)for the paper.

  • 23 Aug, 2021

    The 11 th CSJ Chemistry Festa2021 (organized by The Chemical Society of Japan) will be held online from October 19 th (Tue) to 21th (Thurs), 2021.
    Symposium of KAKENHI project on “Aquatic Functional Materials : Creation of New Materials Science for Environment-Friendly and Active Functions” supported by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Japan (MEXT) Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas. The following public seminars of our project will be held as follows:
    Program
    October 20 th (Wed, am) --- Special Program (1) “Utilization and Observation of Harmonized Water with Materials” (For details, Click here).

    October 21 th (Thurs, am) --- Special Program (2) “Materials Function Created by Harmonization with Water” (For details, Click here).

    Registration is required to attend the online seminars. For details, please check the website of the 11 th CSJ Chemistry Festa2021(Click here).

  • 20 Aug. 2021

    Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas, Open call for Publicly Offered Research (FY2022-FY2023).
    Publicly Offered Research in our area has been released by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. The research period is from 2022.4 to 2024.3 (FY2022-FY2023).
    Detail information about the application procedures and form are posted on the following web site. If interested, please apply it. Application Procedures for Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research-KAKENHI-
    (Grant-in-Aid for TransformativeResearch Areas(A/B), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Innovative Areas and Grant-in-Aid for Special Purposes)
    (Detail information)

  • 10 Aug. 2021

    The 7th Newsletter (Aquatic Functional Materials News) is now available online.

  • 4 Aug. 2021

    The joint research paper on molecular simulation of water treatment membranes by Go Watanabe (Co-investigator of Research Group A02, Kitasato University), Takashi Kato (Project Leader and Principal Investigator of Research Group A01, the University of Tokyo), and Hitoshi Washizu (Principal Investigator of Research Group A02, University of Hyogo) was published in an international academic journal, Science Advances with the,cover image of volume 7, issue 31 (2021).
    On July 28, 2021, the University of Tokyo issued an international press release(See this page)for the paper.

  • 8 Jul. 2021

    The 6th Newsletter (Aquatic Functional Materials News) is now available online.

  • 29 Apr. 2021

    On April 29, 2021, Takashi Kato, (Project Leader, Principal Investigator of Research group A01, The University of Tokyo) was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon (Medals of Honour at 2021 Spring) from the Cabinet Office, Government of Japan,
    The Medal with Purple Ribbon is awarded to individuals who have contributed to academic and artistic developments, improvements and accomplishments.

  • 29 Apr. 2021

    On 19 February 2021, Takashi Kato, (Project Leader, Principal Investigator of Research group A01, The University of Tokyo) received SPSJ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Polymer Science and Technology from The Society of Polymer Science, Japan.

  • 26 Apr. 2021

    On April 6, 2021, Kosuke Okeyoshi (Research Group A03/Publicly Offered Research, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) received The Young Scientists’ Award, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (commendation organization: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan). The Young Scientists’ Award is award to researchers under the age of 40 who have made outstanding achievements in research, originality, and outstanding research & development (R&D) capabilities. The official press release from the MEXT is readable here.

  • 19 Apr. 2021

    The research by Takashi Miyata (Principal Investigator of Research group A03, Kansai University) was published in an international academic journal, NPG Asia Materials, on April 9th, 2021. The research image was displayed as top-page graphic on the journal website. Kansai University issued a press release, which was followed by the Kansai University’s website.

  • 10 Apr. 2021

    The 5th Newsletter (Aquatic Functional Materials News) is now available online.

  • 1 Apr. 2021

    2nd Young Researchers School of Aquatic Functional Materials was held on 28th November 2020, using the online conference room. There were over 70 participants from various research fields in this area. They learned about different fields and actively interacted with other students. (Detail)

Contact

Takashi Kato Laboratory
Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan
Email:office@aquatic-functional-materials.org