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

With the start of the practical use of fuel-cell vehicles, there are increasing opportunities for society to use hydrogen as a secondary energy. This trend dramatically increases situations in which hydrogen comes into contact with metallic, inorganic, and polymer-based materials under various physical conditions ranging from low to high pressure and temperature. From the standpoints of maintenance and improvement in functionality and safety, there is a greater need for technological innovations in analyzing hydrogen functions in materials.

As innovation expected by industry requires an integration of highly specialized technologies that extend into diverse fields and apply to various hydrogen-related materials, it is difficult for a single corporation or research organization to deal with these technological challenges by itself. Therefore, it is necessary to construct a framework of collaboration, share information and issues, and develop a far-sighted strategy that reflects industry’s various demands.

Against that backdrop, this committee was established to provide a platform for creating leading-edge analytical technologies from both the perspectives of instrumentation and calculation, upon which frontline researchers and technologists from a wider spectrum can participate.

Research Themes

(1) Targeted hydrogen-related materials
A) Materials for hydrogen production and purification
B) Materials for hydrogen densification
C) Materials for high-resistance to hydrogen

(2) Types of analytical technologies
a) Hydrogen density, b) Hydrogen distribution, c) Hydrogen-related bonding, d) Hydrogen dynamics, e) Hydrogen-related catalysis, f) Macro-/microscopic material structures, g) interface structures, h) atomistic, crystalline, electronic structures around hydrogen, and the others

(3) Research approaches
1) Share information on the quality, problems/difficulties and prospects of various types of analytical technologies
2) Create composite technologies capable of performing higher quality, shorter time analyses
3) Attempt fusing computational materials sciences to overcome the current technological limitation and, to visualize as well as predict future analytical technologies
4) Propose and verify new analytical technologies for hydrogen function to solve issues encountered by industry

Committee Chairperson

Shin-ichi Orimo
Tohoku University


April 2015 to March 2020 (First term, Five Years)

Membership Composition   (As of Apr.2017)

Academia: 26
Industry: 17
Total membership: 43