Sophia University

Research Project Research Division

Project Research Division

The Project Research Division

The Project Research Division provides support for research groups conducting research activity with funds provided by such external organizations and individuals. Units established as project research units may eventually become the basis for new units in the Research Institutes Division.

Nanotechnology Research Center
Nanotechnology Research Center was established to further develop research on nanocolumns and nanocrystals and their application to overcoming the challenging issues related to nitride semiconductor lasers.
Based on previous discoveries by members of the project team, this center’s research is directed to establishing fundamental technologies for green-range semiconductor lasers, which will allow for the creation of luminescence devices (displays) with a full range of the three primary colors. The Center’s research also explores the solid-state properties of these nanocrystals, adding to fundamental academic research on the nanocrystal effect.

Center for Islamic Studies
Contemporary Islamic regions share problems linked to history, religion, politics, and economics. The Islamic Area Studies program by the NIHU (National Institute for Humanities) commenced in 2006 as a network-type research program. Its goal was to carry out a comprehensive study of these problems, and Sophia University was nominated as one of its units. The Center for Islamic Studies was established in order to promote this research project, and it currently carries out joint research with other units such as Waseda University (which serves as the headquarters of the program), the University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, and Toyo Bunko (the Oriental Library). The Center for Islamic Studies encompasses three research groups, and the topics dealt with are as follows: (1) Islamist Movements and Popular Movements, (2) Islam in Southeast Asia (3) Sufism and Saint-worship. Meetings and conferences are periodically held in order to discuss issues of mutual interest with researchers and students from all over Japan, and an annual International conference is organized in collaboration with other units.

Sustainable Energy Research Center
Fuel cell technology is being strategically developed for the future establishment of a hydrogen society. Because fuel cell technology is an important technology that the biggest hope is placed on to simultaneously achieve the "Three Es," i.e., Earth environment, Energy security and sustainable Economic growth.
In order to commercialize the fuel cell technology, it is crucial to understand the basic mechanisms and to develop innovative materials. The purpose of sustainable energy research center is to develop the model materials of hydrocarbon polymer electrolytes and to investigate the electrochemical behaviors in polymer electrolyte fuel cells. The project is supported by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Department Organization (Fuel Cell Cutting-Edge Scientific Research Project (FY2010-2012), Strategic Development of PEFC Technologies for Practical Application / Comprehensive Research of Novel Hydrocarbon Polymer Electrolytes with Innovative Functions (FY2010-2011)).

Musical Skill and Injury Center (MuSIC)
A mission of the center is to establish a foundation of science and medicine for musicians in our country. Sports science has supported athletes in terms of both performance enhancement and solution of mental and physical problems. Similarly, the center aims for providing evidence necessary for preventing and treating musician’s disorders and optimizing musical performance and practice through state-of-art scientific researches, which can advance musical practice and education as well as musician’s medicine. The center also offers unique opportunities enabling mutual interactions between individuals with different backgrounds and expertise (e.g. musicians, teachers, researchers, clinicians), toward a goal of maximizing quality-of-life of musicians.