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

As rapid advances have been made in sophisticated cutting-edge technologies worldwide, creating new functional molecules and materials for specific purposes has become a matter of great urgency in recent years. This trend has been especially marked in functional materials related to biological functions, light, magnetism, electricity, information, etc., and advances and progress in vanguard technologies would not be possible without outstanding functional molecules and materials. Moreover, the development of new materials and technologies that contribute to the global environment, advanced medical care, health, safety, and security will be important leading into the future. This committee serves a role in promoting cooperation between academia and industry in the field of advanced functional organic chemistry in Japan.

With that in mind, the committee’s goals are (1) producing new functional chemical compounds that the times require or that will meet future requirements, (2) conducting evaluations of functions, and (3) thinking about methods for synthesizing environmentally adaptable chemical compounds from the perspective of the high degree to which fossil resources are used and leading the world in developing industry and chemistry that create functionality.

Research Themes

1. Producing new functional molecules and materials and elucidating their functions on the molecular level
2. Creating new integrated sciences and evaluation and analysis methods related to the creation of functional substances and materials
3. Reaction design with the goal of a high degree of effective organic resource usage, as well as compound designs for efficient functional material conversion
4. International communication through domestic and international forums and training for young personnel
5. Developing seeds through the preceding activities that will lead to the creation of new industries

Committee Chairperson

Takashi Kato
The University of Tokyo


March 1948

Membership Composition   (As of Apr.2017)

Academia: 53
Industry: 28
Total membership: 81

Committee Achievements and Special Activities

The Sixth International Forum on the Chemistry of Functional Organic Materials (IFOC-6)

Scientific research for the future
1. Creation of organic functional materials and development of their synthetic methods on the basis of heteroatom characteristics
(Project leader: Takeshi Nakai)
2. Creation of functionalized C60 and development of its novel functions
(Project leader: Kazuhiko Saigo)
3. Creation of supramolecular assembly and application of the assembly to the development of chemical processes and medicinal lead compounds
(Project leader: Masakatsu Shibasaki)

Creative scientific research
1. Invention of Conjugated Electronic Structures and Novel Functions

Activities including those listed above have led to the following groundbreaking achievements:
1. In a break with established theory, we discovered that Pleurotus salmoneostramineus pigment proteins (indolone) photosynthesize proteins.
2. We succeeded in developing a lightfast organic luminous body (blue), a world first.
3. We succeeded in creating BO-653, which has superior antioxidizing and antiatherogenic effects within living organisms.
4. We succeeded in developing environmentally suitable asymmetric synthetic and polymer catalysts, achieving asymmetric synthesis of epothilone, a natural antioncotic substance.
5. We discovered that cyclodextrin-bicapped C60 can function as a catalyst for the reductive cleavage of covalent bonds, which is the greatest problem in organic chemistry.

International conference
France-Japan Joint Forum on the Chemistry of Functional Organic Chemicals
June 23–25, 2011 (Web site: