National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)


National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) is a Japanese governmental organization for materials science research and composed of 33 research units. Among them, Exploratory Nanotechnology Research Laboratory, Advanced Nano Characterization Center and Biomaterials Center are mainly engaged in the project of Social Acceptance of Nanomaterials. Toxicological study of nanomaterials has been conducted in Advanced Medical Materials Group (Biomaterials Center).

The Advanced Nano Characterization Center has excellent structural characterization and analytical facilities like high-resolution transmission electron microscope, scanning probe microscope, NMR and so forth. Various new forms of fullerene nanofibers have been synthesized by Fullerene Engineering Group of Exploratory Nanotechnology Research Laboratory.

Our research interests for the MARINA project are as follows.

  1. Establishment of the preparation method of standard fullerene nanofibers.
  2. Preparation of engineered nanomaterials with different size, shape, morphology and surface charge and their supply.
  3. Establishment of a standardized 3D measurement method of nanomaterials by scanning probe microscopy (SPM).
  4. Biological effects of nanomaterials.
  5. Health effects of nanomaterials in vivo compared with in vitro tests.
  6. Effects of engineered nanomaterials on cell proliferation, death, differentiation and behavior of leukocytes (white blood cells).
  7. Development of environment monitoring system for nanomaterials. The objective of National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) is to carry out fundamental research and generic/infrastructural technology research and development in the field of materials science, and with improving the level of materials science and technology.

Dr. Kun'ichi Miyazawa
Group Leader, Fullerene Engineering Group, Materials Processing Unit, Advanced Key Technologies Division
National Institute for Materials Science, 1-1, Namiki
Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-0044
Tel.: +81-(0)29-860-4528

Kun'ichi Miyazawa
Kun'ichi Miyazawa