Currently we have 7 research divisions in the Research Center for Membrane and Film Technology, dedicated to membrane related studies on various topics. Feel free to explore more about our current research activities by divisions.
Water Treatment Membrane Division
We develop separation membrane for water treatment, which is being industrialized in many ways, such as: hollow membrane for wastewater treatment, reverse osmosis membrane for seawater desalination and separation membrane for industrial drainage percolation.
Organic Thin Film Division
The expression function of organic molecules highly depends on their chemical structure, aggregation state, and crystal characteristics. In this division, we conduct research on nanostructure formation, interface control, elucidation of optical and electronic properties, and device invention with the aim at creating organic thin film devices with optical and electronic functions.
Gas Separation・Gas Barrier Membrane Division
With the purpose on conserving carbon dioxide which mainly causing global warming, our research targets on the development of functional CO2 separation membranes, various reactions using separated CO2 , membrane reactors, separation membranes using porous ceramic materials for various gases, functional liquids/external field response membranes using metal complexes, and functional gas barrier membranes used in packaging and electrical/electronic fields.
Coating Film Division
Coating films made from particle dispersions are widely applied into practical use particularly in fuel cells, electrode films for lithium-ion secondary batteries as well as conductive thin films. Our studies focus on controlling the state of particle aggregation in the dispersion, understanding the structural change associated with coating flow, establishing a method to form desired micro structure, measuring the drying rate accurately, as well as the modelling of drying process are required to be achieved.
Bio-process Membrane Division
We are studying two subjects. One is to combine a membrane separation technique with bio-refinery processes to achieve efficient, safe and low-energy bioproduction. Another is a film technique based on polymer coating that allows surface functionalization of a broad range of materials to provide selective separation and bioanalysis.
Membrane Material Synthesis Division
In this division, development of new organic/polymer synthetic reactions and structural molecular design for functional materials have been performed, in which fabrication of various separation membranes and thin films for electronic devices is focused. The Membrane Material Synthesis division pursues a variety of researches from basic to application.
Commercialization Promotion Division
With the aim at accelerating industrial application of newly developed membrane technologies, in this division we focus on the collaboration with off-campus organizations. We organize sorts of industrial activities such as technical workshops for company members, co-research matching as well as business management courses.