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

181st Committee on Multifunctional Molecular Electronics

Aims and Goals

With the goal of developing multifunctional electronic materials based on molecular substances and organic/inorganic hybrids, as well as their innovative and efficient applications, the committee aims to study and discuss current research trends and to suggest comprehensive guidelines for directions for the promotion of future research. The committee’s wide-ranging study and research include developing methods to design multifunctional electronic materials based on functional molecules; developing technologies to construct higher-order structures using nano- to meso-scale processing; developing methods for creating new functional systems with hybridization of functional organic, molecular, inorganic, and biological materials; exploring methods for analyzing and evaluating the physical properties and structures of materials and devices; and developing the theoretical backup for design and assessment.

Research Themes

Research themes include development of electronics, spintronics, ionics, photonics, bio-devices, and multiferroics based on hybrid materials comprising organic, molecular, inorganic, and biological materials. The materials dealt with can be sorted into (1) environmentally friendly and highly efficient energy conversion materials, (2) nanoscience and nanotechnology materials, (3) welfare and medical care materials, and (4) security materials. The committee’s research is linked to the development of functional materials that respond to social needs, as well as to the creation of new industries. The following materials and phenomena can be cited as specific examples of the above four themes.
a. Switching, memory, and sensors: Photoconductive switches, spin crossover, organic magnetic materials, photochromism, and electrochromism
b. Energy conversion: Electroluminescence, solar cells, thermoelectric conversion, capacitors, rechargeable batteries, and photocatalysts
c. Morphology control: Improvements in functionality and new functions (for example, ionic liquids for green chemistry applications or soluble metals for creating inkjet electrodes) resulting from different material morphologies (solid/liquid, dimensionality, size, and so on)
d. Fine structures: Thin films, ultrafine particles, porous materials, and interface science

Committee Chairperson

Takuji Ogawa
Osaka University


April 2013 to March 2018 (Second term, Five years)

Membership Composition   (As of Apr.2017)

Academia: 53
Industry: 12
Total membership: 65

Committee Achievements and Special Activities

A total of ten molecular materials research conferences have been held since the committee was established.

September 11, 2008: “Materials Science of Organic Solids”

September 26 and 27, 2008: “Similarities and Dissimilarities among the Quantum Phases of CuprateSuperconductors, New Iron-Pnictide Superconductors, and Organic Superconductors”*

January 26 and 27, 2009: “Energy Conversion and Solar Cells”

March 13 and 14, 2009: “Current Status and Applications of Nanocarbon”*

May 27 and 28, 2009: “Organic Semiconductors—Field-effect Transistors and New Materials”

September 4 and 5, 2009: “Quantum Phase Manifestations in Nano- and Meso-Spaces”*

December 15 and 16, 2009: “Future of Rechargeable Batteries”

April 23 and 24, 2010: “New Environmentally Friendly and Energy-related Materials and Nanostructures”*

October 7 and 8, 2010: “Atomic and Molecular Mechanical Motion through Slight Stimuli— From Molecular Motors to Actuators”

February 17 and 18, 2011: “Nano and Meso: Adsorption, Separation, and Energy Relevance”

*Co-sponsorship with the International Institute for Advanced Studies project: “Science of Quantum States in Nanomaterials” (project leader: Junjiro Kanamori)