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

182nd Committee on Terahertz Science, Technology and Industrial Development

Aims and Goals

“Water” is the closest substance to humankind. It is essential for sustaining life. Nevertheless, due the complexity of its structure and properties, there is still much that is unknown about water, leaving its basic science in yet a developing stage of research. Over recent years, “water science” has at long last entered a new phase with the advent of advanced analytical devices and simulation methods.

In the industrial realm, water continues to play a central role, though even in a supporting role, it is indispensable. Not only in the processing of drinking water, water and sewage supply and environmental water but across a spectrum of engineering and medical fields water has a substantial role. These include nano-processing, nano-control of physical properties, drainage devices, material-surface processing, hydrothermal reaction, electric storage systems, C1 chemistry, high-purity cleaning, bio-materials, and medicine and drug development. All of which have various applications. In producing fibers, water is used in the processing and functional control of each crosswise thread. Processing and control steeped in a fundamental understanding of water’s function in this process are essential component technologies in fiber weaving.

Against this background, research that crosses and fuses fields will be necessary to gain a deeper understanding of water and develop new processing and control technologies for it. Toward making breakthroughs in various industrial fields, this Committee is working proactively via university-industry cooperation to scientifically evaluate and substantiate water functions and processes under current development and to develop new core technologies, including potential applications of basic scientific research to industrial processes.

Research Themes

Engaging itself in advanced water-process engineering, the Committee is working to transfer, from a mid- to long-term perspective, new technologies developed by universities to the industrial sector, while promoting R&D that contributes to the further advancement of current core technologies. Ensuingly, the Committee will work to contribute to a more abundant society by applying advances in green innovation and life innovation. Toward achieving these ends, the following are examples of concrete themes that will be pursued.

(1) Basic water science

Acquire a micro picture of water; elucidate the micro to macro properties of water Develop new water gauges and water analysis methods

(2) Water and environment technologies

Develop technologies for water reuse, purification, waste-water processing, and desalination Develop adjustment technologies for water use in medicine and drug development; develop sterilization technologies

(3) Water functionality and technology

Elucidate the physiological activity of water and the interaction between water and biological substances Based on an elucidation of the interaction between bio-substances and material used in medicines, functionalize water and the materials

(4) Water-reaction engineering and technology

Create new reaction fields (e.g., supercritical reaction fields, hydrothermal syntheses, supersonic fields, underwater plasmas) Establish reaction-control methods (e.g., hydro-control of fuel-cell systems, micro TAS) Develop water-cleaning systems (e.g., semiconductor cleaning, alternatives to organic solvent cleaning)

Committee Chairperson

Osamu Takai
Professor Emeritus/Professor
Nagoya University/Kanto Gakuin University


Oct 2015 to Sep 2020(Second term,Five Years)


Membership Composition   (As of Apr.2017)

Academia: 23
Industry: 10
Total membership: 33