Fiscal Year 2017 Research project support

Project Laboratory Unit 11

Design and Precise Synthesis of Bio/Medical Supplies

Main Office for the Promotion of Organic Material Systems Research
Soft Bio-Material Research Center
Center Director, Specialist Professor, Visiting Professor

Ken Tanaka

In order to better the treatment and diagnosis of illnesses – the development of biocompatible materials is necessary. However, the absorption of proteins and cellular adhesion both have an impact on biocompatibility and the design criteria for materials that can control the responses to foreign bodies have not been established. If such a material where to come into contact with biological compounds, immediately water molecules will be absorbed into the surface of the material. These water molecules and the compatibility/mobility of the material would have a large effect on the bio-compatibility of these materials. The aim of our current project is, through the analysis of the unique molecule structures and mobility shared between bio-compatible natural and synthetic molecules, to create and develop materials and techniques for use in the field of medicine. Through this we hope to develop a device that will aid in medical patients individual illness diagnosis and treatment.

Project Laboratory M

Project for the Development of Health Care Materials

Organic Materials Systems Graduate Course

Yoshimune Nonomura

There exist many pathogenic germs that we come into contact with on a day to day basis that we are under constant threat from. As a means of defense against these we use things like soap and healthcare products, but these are not nearly enough. The development of materials that can adequately protect us requires precise and rapid bioactive evaluation, as well as the detailed know-how needed for turning them into a useable product. Through our connections to the industrial world we aim to create such materials for use in medical supplies, food products and cosmetics.

Project Laboratory F

Application of Ultra-low Friction Interface Developments and Machinery Elements through the use of Surface Micro-Machining Gel~Development of Value Creation Systems using Gels ~

Development of Value Creation Systems using Gels

Hidemitsu Furukawa

Through microscopic analysis made possible by fully utilizing new developments in gel machinery materials, fine processing technology, scanning microscopic scattering, AFM, single-molecule spectroscopy and super resolution fluorescence microscopes – we can research the low friction phenomenon on the surface of soft and wet gels. As such, we can research ways of achieving ultra-lubrication through surface modifications for new designs of lubricating oil. Through the combination of gels and nano brush surface modification we also hope to achieve new low friction systems for practical usage in machinery.

Project Laboratory G

The Creation of Super Adaptable Power Transmission Systems via Omnidirectional Driving Gears

Graduate School of Science and Engineering
Associate professor

Riichiro Tadakuma

The purpose of our research is to make machinery with power transmission functionality available to various reaches of life – specifically to aid the fields of transportation and primary nursing care. We aim to make possible the reality of having small/light high performance power transmission machinery able to handle free-form surfaces. Specifically, we want to create machine element technologies with omnidirectional drive gears that utilize orthogonal two directional gear structures – as well as adding drive function to smaller existing technologies that preciously could not accommodate for such power. Through these goals we hope to create an automatic system that can be applied to a wide variety of environments, including those fields of work and travel.

Project Laboratory N

The Development of Active Balancers with Focus on Omnidirectional Drive Systems for Wide-usage in Transportation Systems, Made Possible by Multi-Directional Devices.

Graduate School of Science and Engineering
Associate professor

Riichiro Tadakuma

Our current project is, through cooperation with companies, the research and development of mobile robots that use multi-directional traversing mechanisms. The main focus of our laboratory’s work is the research and development of active balancers to stabilize the movements of omnidirectional movement gears.

Project Laboratory Q

Mechanical Evaluation of Plastic Materials for Application in Public Infrastructures

Graduate School of Organic Material System Engineering

Suguru Kuriyama

Currently, dealing with the problem of deterioration in materials used for public infrastructures is a pressing issue. Steel and cast iron pipes that were previously used widely in public gas and water infrastructures have begun to be replaced by corrosion resistant and earthquake resistant polyethylene pipes and fittings. It has been over 100 years since plastic materials became widely used and they are becoming the main component utilized to aid everyday life. However, there is a demand now for durability- materials that can last over 100 years. For this reason, methods and mechanisms that can reliably predict the longevity of materials need to be developed. As such, our current research focused on the fields of chemical and physical deterioration.

Research Project Appeal and Support for Adopted Topics

Working towards the goal of giving back to the community the knowledge that Yamagata University has nurtured – we will put into use our center’s incubation and support the practical application of our school-run projects. The support our center offers aids our professors and research groups in their research projects. In regards to the topics of research topics we adopt – these are announced at the end of every fiscal year as well as discussions for the continuation of projects at our research result report meeting.


1.Topics that we can expect to acquire large-scale Research Funding and achieve large growth.
2.Topics that can be expected to receive research cooperation from businesses. 3.Topics that, through our research connections, have the possibility of becoming mainstay of research at our University for the immediate future.


1.Free loan of research space within the International Industrialization Research Center.
2.Paid loan of research space within International Industrialization Research Center.(10,000 Yen Per Year/m2)
3.Free loan of research space for research teams/research groups.

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