MEXT Special Budget Project (MEXT)
Joint Research Project “Smart-Materials”
Institute for Chemical Research, Institute of Advanced Energy, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere
Project Period：FY2015 ‒ FY2020
Since April of 2015, the Institute for Chemical Research (ICR), the Institute of Advanced Energy (IAE), and the Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere (RISH) have been working in cooperation on the “Smart-Materials” project, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan. The ever-increasing demand for materials and energy by the present social system has almost reached its limit, and the environment is heavily burdened by harmful byproducts and
surplus heat from mass production. In order to overcome these issues, this project aims to fabricate smart materials and develop a joint research organization, achieving green innovation through “zero loss” at the production/ transportation/usage of materials/energy. The model for the target materials is a biological system with molecular recognition ability, autonomy, and activity. The key to success is interdisciplinary research with fl exibility and rapidity. Taking advantage of the three institutes being located at the same campus (Uji campus of Kyoto University), the under-one-roof scheme is expected to deliver internationally excellent results, contributing signifi cantly to this research field.