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CSRInnovations Inspired by Nature research support Program

Sekisui Chemical Group began the Sekisui Chemical Grant Program for Research on Manufacturing Based on Innovations Inspired by Nature in fiscal 2002 to support the research activities of universities and research institutions utilizing knowledge of fundamental science learned from nature.

We received many applications in FY2017, and decided to provide grants to the following 14 researchers.


The results of the research themes supported by Innovations Inspired by Nature research support Program were reported in the online news flash version of Nature Communications of the Nature Publishing Group in the U. K.

FY2014 research themes

Masayuki Endo (Associate Professor, Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto University)
Creation of an artificial signal transduction system inspired by the cellular receptors

Article posted on Nature Communications(Published 27 August 2015)

FY2013 research themes

Shu Seki (Professor, Osaka University)
Protein Nanowires with Ultra-Hogh Aspect Ratio Produced by Single Particle Induced Chemical Reactions

Osaka University press release
Article posted on Nature Communications(Published 28 April 2014)

Recipients of Fiscal 2017 Sekisui Chemical Grants for Research on Manufacturing Based on Innovations Inspired by Nature

Manufacturing theme
Researcher Affiliation/University, Title* Supported Research Theme
Akihiro Yabuki Professor Development of self-healing corrosion protective coatings inspired by underground storage organs of crops
Department of Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University
Mitsuru Shindo Professor Vine Weed Control Based on Gravitropism Inhibition Inspired by Plants
Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu University
Atsushi Hosoi Associate Professor Development of direct bonding technology for aluminum alloys with 3D nanostructure surface and carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic composites
Waseda University
Shino Miura Assistant Professor Human-centered Public Space Design Inspired by Biodiversity and Symbiosis
Graduate School of Urban Innovation, Yokohama National University
Shigeru YAMAGO Professor Development of High-valued Polymer Materials by Multidisciplinary Control of Radical Polymerization Inspired by the Function of Enzymes
Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
Kensuke OSADA Project Associate Professor Development of polymeric micelle gene vector inspired by viral structure and function
Department of Bioengineering, Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
Hemma Philamore Senior Lecturer Ultra-low power, jellyfish-inspired robot mechanisms for energy self-sufficiency
Kyoto University

 

Fundamental Research Theme
Researcher Affiliation/University, Title* Supported Research Theme
Hidekazu YOSHIDA Professor Self-sealing methodology development of flow-path fractures by learning from naturally formed spherical carbonate concretions
Nagoya University Museum
Hirotaka Koga Specially-appointed Assistant professor Wood-based Catalytic Reactor for CO2 Conversion
The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University
Keiji Konishi Professor Robustness of traveling excitable wave segments stabilized by feedback control
Osaka Prefecture University
Daisuke KURABAYASHI Professor Navigation of Robot Swarm in 3D Space by using Locally Connected Phase Oscillators
Department of Systems and Control Engineering, School of Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Miho Tagawa Associate Professor Bio-inspired materials design: DNA-programmable nanoparticle assembly for the rational design of high-quality colloidal crystals
Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS),
Nagoya University
Yo Tanaka Unit Leader Novel power generation system inspired from electric fish
Laboratory for Integrated Biodevice, Quantitative Biology Center, RIKEN
Yuichi Tsukada Professor Molecular basis of reprogramming in mammalian cells
INAMORI Frontier Research Center, Kyushu University

 


2017 Innovations Inspired by Nature Research Support ceremony

2015 Innovations Inspired by Nature Research Support ceremony

We have held the forum as an opportunity for interaction among researchers in October of each year.

A scene from Manufacturing Based on Innovations Inspired by Nature Forum

A scene from Manufacturing Based on Innovations Inspired by Nature Forum

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The poster session and research exchange

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