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
The Nanotechnology Research Center was established in April 2008 as Sophia University’s core organization for nanotechnology research, which presents activity centers on collaborative projects with companies and collaborative researches among semiconductor and photonics laboratories in the University.
This center operates to study various subjects based on GaN nanocolumns and related nanocrystals, which were pioneered by the research center member, that is, aiming at overcoming the challenging issues of nitride semiconductor emission devices, developing the fundamental technology of three primary colors emitting devices, exploring novel solid state physics based on nanocrystals, and finally clarifying the physics of nanocrystal effect of nanocolumns.
Recently, blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) attracted attention because they led bright and energy-saving white light sources. However, no development of three primary colors integrated laser / LEDs, in which red, green, and blue laser / LEDs are monolithically prepared on the same crystal, was achieved. These new generation light emitting devices exert a great impact on the full-color application field by innovating display systems of laser / LED displays, retina scanning personal displays, and so on.

Center for Islamic Studies(SIAS)
During the past two decades, Sophia University has played a vital role in promoting Islamic area studies and Middle East studies in Japan. The Center for Islamic Studies (SIAS) commenced in 2006, alongside the birth of the NIHU Program for Islamic Area Studies. Although this program was concluded in 2015, yet Sophia and the National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU) forged a new agreement, which was geared towards launching in 2016 the NIHU Area Studies Project for the Modern Middle East. Its principal focus of research is expressed as the “Pluralistic Development of Public Spheres and Social Ethics in the Middle East.” Apart from this project, our center also conducts other projects linked to this field of studies, and through their actualization, we hope to enable Sophia to contribute more towards the development of such studies in Japan, and make its presence felt even more among academicians and citizens.

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)).

Research and Development Center for CAE technologies applied for next-generation transport aircraft design.
This center is engaged in activities aimed at the research and development of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) technologies which can contribute to the design of commercial aircraft.
The following two types of research topics are to be conducted.
(1) Research into the development of a simulator for cross-sectional (aerodynamic, structural) seamless aircraft design
(2) Research on how simulators may lead to a reduction in the cost of the certification processes
Our research and development includes various engineering analyses using numerical simulation methods such as the Finite Element Method (FEM), as well as validation experiments and software development.
The results of this research promise to contribute to the development of Japan’s aerospace industry.

Water-Scarce Society Information & Research Center
The research center was established in 2017 to study the ‘sustainable’ development in the arid regions. The main research field is Western Desert (Libyan Desert) in Egypt sustained by the Nubian Aquifer, one of the largest aquifer in the world. The center studies various issues from the multi-disciplinary perspective, related to the water use such as hydrological environment, underground water use and land use, irrigation and agricultural management, village society and socioeconomic situations. The center has been conducting the fieldwork in the area concerned with the collaboration of the Egyptian and Japanese researchers and institutes of different backgrounds, hydrology, economy, agriculture, remote-sensing, history, etc. By conducting such research, the center aims at providing a framework of the sustainable underground water use system, and rethink the sustainable development.

Sophia Institute for Human Security (SIHS)
Sophia Institute for Human Security (SIHS) considers poverty, environment, medical care, immigrants and refugees, and peace-building as the five important human security issues in an international society. We will work on the realization of human security through academic research by becoming an international center of excellence that designs effective policies and institutions to solve these problems using social science research methods.
The following are the basic policies which SIHS considers essential to realize human security:
1) To tackle the realization of human security through the research results of social science and 2) to promote research based on local circumstances and problems, while working in collaboration with local researchers.