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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.

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.

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.
Photonics Research Center
Sophia Photonics Research Center has been established in 2019 as an activity base of research project regarding to "Creating Topological States and Innovative Functionality Based on Artificial Graphenes" (2018-2023) which is a CREST program of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). The main subject of this project is experimentally demonstrate the "topological phonic phenomena" at room temperature in visible light region and develop new optical device technology based on world top-level semiconductor nanostructure fabrication technology of Sophia University. As an example of topological photonic phenomena called "topological edge transport", light can propagate an interface between two different type insulators which cannot transfer the light. In this state, the light became very robust for structural disordering and shows one directional propagation. At the Photonics Research Center, we are conducting research activities to develop innovative technologies for realizing new optical devices utilizing such novel physical phenomena.