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

176th Committee on Process Created Materials Function

Aims and Goals

Japanese processing technologies are unrivalled worldwide and are invaluable intellectual property that has sustained the foundations of the manufacturing industry. However, the rise of China and the various countries of Southeast Asia in this sector has been remarkable, and for resource-poor Japan to maintain its international superiority in the manufacturing industry from the 21st century onward, it will need to shift directions to advanced, unique manufacturing technologies that have no equal.

The committee seeks to produce new material functions by using forming and deforming processes to adjust the structures and arrangements of metal, ceramic, and macromolecular materials on the nano and meso levels. The plastic flow of materials in forming processes will be reappraised from the atomic level, and the knowledge obtained will be used to control the microlevel structures and arrangements of materials and bring about the creation of new functions. Additionally, we will develop the technology to enable the nanoscale visualization and measurement of the plastic flow phenomena that will be necessary for the aforementioned reappraisal and develop hierarchical, multiscale computer simulation technology.

Research Themes

1. Nanoscale and mesoscale elucidation of forming and deforming processes
Efforts to develop cutting-edge visualization and measurement technologies to investigate the conditions of materials undergoing forming and deforming processes at nano- and mesoscales, in real time
2. Development of multiscale simulation techniques for forming and deforming processes
Efforts to develop hierarchical simulation techniques to link nano and mesolevel phenomena with macrolevel phenomena
3. Producing materials with new functions through forming and deforming processes and elucidating function expression mechanisms
Efforts to invent materials with new functions through forming and deforming processes based on achievements from 1 and 2 above and to elucidate the mechanisms of how the new functions are expressed
4. Proposals for new forming and deforming processes to produce functions
Efforts to develop new forming and deforming processes to produce materials with new functions based on achievements from 1, 2, and 3 above
The committee strives to accomplish research in the above areas through cooperation among seven subcommittees: forming processes, three-dimensional visualization, simulations, metal materials, ceramic materials, macromolecular materials, and medical materials.

Committee Chairperson

Tadashi Furuhara
Tohoku University


October 2014 to September 2019 (Third term, Five years)

Membership Composition   (As of Apr.2017)

Academia: 69
Industry: 10
Total membership: 79

Committee Achievements and Special Activities

International Conferences


4th International Symposium on Designing, Processing and Properties of Advanced Engineering Materials (ISAEM 2008); Nagoya, Japan; November 18–21, 2008 (Materials Transactions, special issue, Vol. 50, No. 7)


18th International Conference on Processing and Fabrication of Advanced Materials (PFAM XVIII); Sendai, Japan; December 12–14, 2009


Processing and Structures of Metal Materials (ISBN978-4-320-08164-2); Kyoritsu Shuppan Co., Ltd.; edited by Masahiko Morinaga, Tadashi Furuhara, and Hiroyuki Toda

Committee Web Site