Role of the Nanotechnology Platform Center

 

Mission of the Center

 The Nanotechnology Platform Center is established to promote and encourage users to join in the program and subsequently to increase the efficiency of the share-use the cutting-edge equipment in Nanotechnology. The role of the center is as follows:
  • Coordination of all three platforms 
  • Quick access for users (one stop service) 
  • Promotion of interdisciplinary collaborations by the coordinators 
  • Training of young scientists / International collaboration 
  • Accepting applications for feasibility studies (FS), particularly for young scientists 
  • Providing information on the national large scale share facilities, such as SPring-8 and neutron sources 
  • Investigation for the further increase in the acceptability of users
 In particular, the center allocates the coordinators in the regions of Kanto, Kansai-Shikoku and Chugoku-Kyushu to look for the further promotion of local industrial collaborations in different scientific fields. Moreover, the center join in the world largest exhibition of nanotechnology -- "nano tech JAPAN", and hold the annual symposium -- "JAPAN NANO" and so on.

 

Structure of the Center

The structure of the center consists of National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). The function of NIMS and JST is as follows:
  • NIMS --- Management of the program and others     
  • JST --- Promotion of regional collaboration
 The headquarter of the center is located in NIMS, which is responsible for the management of the whole Nanotechnology Platform Japan Program. It works as an access point for outside users (one-stop service) and provide all information through this Web-page. Anyone can get proper information on the high-level research support using the cutting edge equipment for nanotechnology, which is setup and ready to use in member institutes and universities. The feasibility studies (FS) are accepted through the proposal bases for the beginners. The students can apply for training program of equipment, and may also apply to the international exchange program.
 The regional coordinators of JST, who are located in Kanto, Kansai-Shikoku and Chugoku-Kyushu, look for the further promotion of local industrial collaborations in different scientific fields.  The seed which is created at the local industry will grow into a big project by the collaboration with national laboratories and universities.
 Depending on the research phases going through, information on the national large scale share facilities, such as SPring-8 and neutron sources are provided if it is needed.