Outline : Message from the Director|Material Solutions Center, Tohoku University(MaSC)

Tohoku University Material Solutions Center (MaSC) is a cooperative base between industry, academics and government that has been set up in a joint effort by Tohoku University and its Institute for Materials Research, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advance Metals, and Institute of Fluid Science and uses grants for facilities expenses from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.


Message from the Director

Working on new materials for the future of society

Shigeru Obayashi
Shigeru Obayashi

Tohoku University Material Solutions Center (MaSC) was founded on Tohoku University's Katahira campus in January 2014. It aims to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and industrialization from the endeavors of joint-research on new materials for the future. The construction cost of this 5-story building was provided mainly by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's subsidization for the improvement of industrial technology development facilities. The remaining cost was shared by the Institute for Materials Research (IMR), the Institute of Fluid Science (IFS), the Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM), and Tohoku University headquarters. MaSC operates financially independently from the university and its funds come from usage fees for spaces and equipment, as well as other sources.

The main research themes of this center are categorized into three fields: "Social Infrastructure", "Electronics" and "Energy". Each research project is determined by open application.

Tohoku University is proud of its world-leading practical accomplishments and its tradition of material science research. Katahira campus in particular has a number of excellent research institutes for material science. Bringing together these strengths, MaSC will help the solution of your problems to meet various industrial demands.

Starting the fourth year, while we keep reviewing and reinforcing the organization, we also work to contribute to the industrial recovery of the Tohoku area and to restore Japan's global competitiveness by creating new innovations. We appreciate your support.