In order to strengthen and expand the Industry-University Collaboration, “Open Innovation Strategy Organization” has been established in University of Tsukuba since October, 2019. Headquarters for International Industry-University Collaboration was built to plan, manage, and operate large-scale partnership projects between University of Tsukuba and international organizations and companies. By discussing open innovation strategies with the R&D top management team in companies, the university can identify common issues between companies and universities, and establish an organizational structure (eg. R&D Center, Special Joint Research Project) that can merge company needs with university-oriented seeds. The citations of papers issued by top universities in the US and the UK are in the order of
1. industry-university co-authored papers with companies
2. international co-authored papers
3. domestic co-authored papers
4. on-campus co-authored papers
5. single-authored papers”.

This tendency is the same in the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Osaka University, and our University of Tsukuba. In other words, the industry-academia co-authored papers with a high number of citations is one of the indicators that the issues related to social needs have been solved as with patents. In addition, since the number of citations (Citation Metrics) is also the basis for calculating the impact factor, it is an objective evaluation scale for research results that is important for academics and individual researchers. The commercialization of research results increases the amount of external funding and publishes highly cited industry-university co-authored papers.

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Research Group: Chemistry and Engineering of Materials and Biomaterials

Researchers in Material Chemistry and Biotechnology are developing new catalysts and functional materials based on chemical and biological methods. There are 13 research laboratories, and each laboratory conducts its own unique and cutting-edge science. Please visit the website to check the details of their research. 


Functional polymer division


Synthesis and characterization of conjugated organic molecules, polymers, biomass derivatives, and nanostructured carbons for material cycle and luminescence, photovoltaic, and energy storage/utilization


Applications of micro- and nano-scale technologies to the development of micro total analysis systems, cell-based assay systems, and tissue engineering


Designing functional catalysis based on surface science research at the atomic level for the mechanism of the catalytic chemical reaction


Creation of novel materials that can be utilized in biological environments


Constructions of supramolecular nano-materials that exhibit electronic and optoelectronic function focusing on the fabrication of nanodevices for energy conversion and storage


Point of care testing devices and DNA nano-machines based on DNA nano-system using DNA molecules as a programmable constitutional unit


Synthesis and properties of pi-conjugated polymers with electro-optical activity


Molecular mechanisms of plant photosynthetic reaction centers, the quest for novel and key chlorophylls, and application of chlorophylls to photodynamic therapy


New materials, technologies, and research areas for contributing to the society by researching new two-dimensional materials, a substitute material of Pt at the Fuel Cell electrode using nitrogen-doped carbon, and reaction dynamics at the surface


Redox enzymes and nanomaterials for bioelectrochemical devices such as heterogeneous electron transfer reaction of redox enzymes as electrocatalyst


New bimolecular determination with nanomaterials and micro-devices for medical and life science


High-efficiency catalyst for green synthetic processes and material design of highly dispersed metal catalysts.