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Accelerating the practical application of carbon nanotubes through the development of synthesis, applications, and characterization technologies

The CNT-Application Research Center is heavily engaged in the development of carbon nanotube (CNT) synthesis technology, the general technologies required for their application, such as dispersion and integration, and characterization techniques with the ultimate goal of bridging with industry. Specifically, the center is engaged in the development of CNT synthesis technology that contributes to the development of next-generation, mass-produced, commercial CNTs; dispersion, fabrication processing, coating, and micro-processing technologies that provide the basis for application development; dispersion solution characterization techniques for production management; and techniques for the integration of CNTs with rubber, plastic, or metal to realize materials with innovative properties. In addition to these areas of research the CNT-Application Research Center is conducting standardization research, disseminating risk assessment information, holding workshops, etc., to support business endeavors. The aim of the center to support industry in overcoming a wide range of developmental issues to accelerate the practical application of CNTs and lead to the generation of new CNT industries emerging from Japan.


The scope of the research and functions of the CNT-Application Research Center


Single-walled carbon nanotube structure synthesized by the Super-growth method to be commercialized by Zeon Corporation

Research bases:
AIST Tsukuba Central 5 and AIST Kansai
Participating technology research association:
Technology Research Association for Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes (TASC)