Innovations Inspired by Nature Research Support Program

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To aid the utilization of scientific knowledge learned from nature and the workings of nature in invention, the Sekisui Chemical Group has been running the “Sekisui Chemical Innovations Inspired by Nature Research Support Program” since fiscal year 2002 as a program in commemoration of the 55th year since Sekisui Chemical's founding.

In fiscal year 2017, there were 294 applications, with assistance granted for seven “manufacturing” themes and seven “fundamental research” themes, for a total of 14 grants.

Research findings relating to themes granted support as part of the “Innovations Inspired by Nature Research Support Program” were published in preliminary form in the online edition of the British science journal Nature Communications. (Affiliations and positions are those at the time of receiving awards)

FY2014 Support Themes

Masayuki Endo (Associate Professor, Kyoto University)
“Creation of an artificial signal transduction system inspired by the cellular receptors”

FY2013 Support Themes

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

FY2017 Support Themes

Manufacturing Theme

Name Affiliated institution Position
(Affiliations, positions, and so
forth are those at the time of
receiving the grant award)
Grant-Receiving Research Theme
Akihiro
Yabuki
Professor, Graduate School of
Engineering, Hiroshima University
Development of self-healing corrosion protective coatings
inspired by underground storage organs of crops
Mitsuru
Shindo
Professor, Institute for Materials
Chemistry and Engineering, Kyushu
University
Vine Weed Control Based on Gravitropism Inhibition
Inspired by Plants
Atsushi
Hosoi
Associate Professor, School
of Fundamental Science and
Engineering, Faculty of Science and
Engineering, Waseda University
Development of direct bonding technology for aluminum
alloys with 3D nanostructure surface and carbon fiber
reinforced thermoplastic composites
Shino
Miura
Assistant Professor,
Graduate School of Urban Innovation,
Yokohama National University
Human-centered Public Space Design Inspired by
Biodiversity and Symbiosis
Shigeru
Yamago
Professor,
Institute for Chemical Research, Kyoto University
Development of High-valued Polymer Materials by
Multidisciplinary Control of Radical Polymerization
Inspired by the Function of Enzymes
Kensuke
Osada
Associate Professor, Graduate School
of Engineering, The University of
Tokyo
Development of polymeric micelle gene vector inspired
by viral structure and function
Hemma
Philamore
Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of
Engineering, Kyoto University
Ultra-low power, jellyfish-inspired robot mechanisms for
energy self-sufficiency

Fundamental Research Theme

Name Affiliated institution Position
(Affiliations, positions, and so
forth are those at the time of
receiving the grant award)
Grant-Receiving Research Theme
Hidekazu
Yoshida
Document-Analyzing Professor,
Nagoya University Museum
Self-sealing methodology development of flow-path
fractures by learning from naturally formed spherical
carbonate concretions
Hirotaka
Koga
Specially-appointed Assistant
Professor,
The Institute of Scientific and
Industrial Research, Osaka University
Wood-based Catalytic Reactor for CO2
Conversion
Keiji Konishi Professor, Graduate School of
Engineering, College of Engineering,
Osaka Prefecture University
Robustness of traveling excitable wave segments
stabilized by feedback control
Daisuke
Kurabayashi
Professor, School of Engineering,
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Navigation of Robot Swarm in 3D Space by using Locally
Connected Phase Oscillators
Tagawa
Miho
Associate Professor,
Institute of Materials and Systems for
Sustainability,
Nagoya University
Bio-inspired materials design: DNA-programmable
nanoparticle assembly for the rational design of
high-quality colloidal crystals
Yo Tanaka Unit Leader, Laboratory for Integrated
Biodevice, Quantitative Biology
Center, RIKEN
Novel power generation system inspired from electric fish
Yuichi
Tsukada
Professor, INAMORI Frontier Research
Center, Kyushu University
Molecular basis of reprogramming in mammalian cells

The recipients of the Fiscal Year 2017 Innovation Inspired by Nature Research Support Program

Holding of the Innovations Inspired by Nature Forum

To be a group that, even 100 years from now, continues to consist of prominent, sustainable companies, the Sekisui Chemical Group aims to contribute to the bedrock of its company management, natural capital, by returning what it has taken from nature through “creating and expanding a range of Environment-contributing Products,” “reducing the group’s environmental impact,” and “conserving the natural environment.”

The Innovation Inspired by Nature Forum is held to report the results of the Innovation Inspired by Nature Research Support Program, which gives grants to research that utilizes foundational science knowledge learned from nature and the functioning of nature in innovation, as well as to promote research exchanges among the involved researchers, the graduate students who will be the researchers of tomorrow, and others.

At the fiscal year 2017 Innovation Inspired by Nature Forum, there were lectures based on examples of innovation inspired by nature and presentation sessions for posters created by fiscal year 2016 research grant recipients and others.

Innovations Inspired by Nature Forum 2017

Lectures

  • On the appeal of “ Innovations
    Inspired by Nature”

    Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute
    of Technology
    Junji Watanabe

  • The development of
    environmentally friendly housing
    materials inspired by nature

    Director of the Offi ce of Analysis
    and Evaluation, LIXIL Corporation
    Norifumi Isu

  • The development of 500-Series
    bullet trains that contribute to the
    environment and are inspired by
    nature

    Former Director of the Technical
    Development Offi ce, West Japan
    Railway Company
    Eiji Nakatsu

Poster Presentation Sessions and Research Exchanges

A valuable opportunity to come into contact with the forefront of “innovations inspired by nature”

  • Presentations on grant-receiving research themes (fiscal year 2016 grant-receiving themes, etc.)
  • Presentations on Sekisui Chemical's products and R&D that contribute to the environment