University-Industry Cooperation and Research Program Division,
Research Program Department,
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
5-3-1 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0083, JAPAN

University-Industry Research Cooperation Societally Applied Scientific Linkage and Collaboration

University-Industry Cooperative Research Committees

Aims and Goals

This committee was established in 1947 with the objective of promoting the effective use of Japan's mineral resources.

The committee is composed of members from related academic and industrial fields and meets at a nearly monthly pace for members to introduce issues related to matters they are researching and exchange information. The meetings include two study tours. The committee has established procedures to hold research conferences or establish subcommittees on an on-going basis related to necessary solutions to problems pointed out at the meetings. To date, subcommittees on sericite, clay, Germanium resources, steel slag, natural zeolite, etc., have met, publishing numerous publications (some of which are for sale) and achieving great successes. The committee has held research conferences on road aggregates, converter refractory materials, cleaning up subsoil and water pollution, etc., making significant contributions to various fields of industry. Some of this research has been shared at international symposia, and committee members have also received recognition from related international scientific societies.

Research Themes

1. Genesis, abundance, concentration and application of natural mineral resources
(Rare earth minerals, zeolites, allophane & imogolite and other)
2. Environmental application of natural minerals
(Stabilization of polluted soils, water purification and other)
3. Application of mineral wastes
(Steel slag, coal fly ash and other)
4. Processing technology for harmful mineral wastes
(Asbestos, heavy metals containing fly ash and other)
5. Other
(International cooperation)


July 1947

Membership Composition   (As of Apr.2017)

Academia: 30
Industry: 13
Total membership: 43

Committee Chairperson

Hirohisa Yamada
Senior Special Mission Scientist
National Institute for Materials Science

Committee Achievements and Special Activities

If you are a member of a company or association and have an interest in the above themes, please join the committee so that we can find numerous new research themes and exchange information and conduct research regarding the themes. For more information, contact Yuko Sugawara, JSPS Research Operations Section, +81-3-3263-1728.