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

Our committee is taking on the challenge of developing Japan’s own original technologies that give impetus to a new national competitiveness in such areas as resource depletion, material cycling, and environmental conservation. The group is exchanging the latest information and advancing high-level scientific discussions on the use of electromagnetic wave energy to create revolutionary technologies that will enable energy saving in material manufacturing, CO2 emission reduction, shorter operating time, and manufacturing equipment downsizing. We see an urgent need for scientists and technologists who can take the lead in industrializing these technologies. Armed with the revolutionary tool of electromagnetic wave utilization, Japan can create original technologies that will position it as an international frontrunner in related fields. Realizing this objective is the committee’s main thrust. Toward that end, we are working to pioneer a new domain that integrates chemistry, material science and life science and uses non-equilibrium reaction fields generated through the interaction between electromagnetic waves and materials, while developing applications for manufacturing technologies.

Research Themes

Common Basic Research Topics

    1. Physicochemical elucidation of the interaction between substances and electromagnetic waves
    2. Establishing a field of physicochemistry that describes non-equilibrium reaction fields caused by the interaction between substances and electromagnetic waves
    3. Verifying the existence of the non-thermal special effects of microwaves and elucidating their mechanisms
    4. Establishing a field of chemical engineering specialized in the utilization of microwave energy
    5. Creating a substance database

Domain-specific Application Technology Development Topics

    1. Materials, processing
    2. Microwave chemistry (organic synthesis/high-polymer synthesis, inorganic synthesis, biochemistry, nanoparticle synthesis, microwave extraction and distillation, analytical preprocessing, catalytic reaction, chemical reaction devices)
    3. Environment, energy-production fields
    4. Drug discovery and manufacture
    5. Ceramics technologies
    6. Iron manufacturing and refining technologies
    7. Plastic recycling technologies
    8. Device, control, measuring technologies and simulations

Committee Chairperson

Yuji Wada
Tokyo Institute of Technology


April 2014 to March 2019 (First term, Five Years)

Membership Composition   (As of Apr.2017)

Academia: 26
Industry: 22
Total membership: 48