Japanese National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS)

Overseas Operation Office


Japan's National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) has established an Overseas Operation Office at the University of Washington (UW) to promote collaborative research programs between NIMS and the UW. The office emphasizes collaboration with universities, national laboratories and industry partners in the Pacific Rim region in interdisciplinary research and application fields. These fields include medical, earth, space, environment and materials sciences.

opening receptionFostering young researchers and students through mutual exchange programs between the UW and NIMS is another important objective of the office's mission. Strong partnership between the UW and NIMS will further facilitate collaboration with U.S. companies, with the ultimate goal of launching joint-venture companies as a spin-off of Overseas Operation Office research efforts.

This is NIMS' first attempt to establish an Overseas Operation Office outside of Japan, and NIMS has chosen the UW as a partner. The office is a showcase model for international collaboration. Interdisciplinary research programs generated through this office will have a direct impact on the UW.

Fumio S. Ohuchi, Professor
UW Research Director
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
University of Washington

Kenji Kitamura, NIMS Fellow
NIMS Research Director
International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics


Open Research Institute

NIMS has established an Open Research Institute to facilitate visits by students and researchers from all over the world that are interested in promoting research collaboration with NIMS. The following people may apply:

  • Top-level researchers looking for future collaboration with NIMS
  • Undergraduate and graduate-level students interested in working under the guidance of NIMS researchers
  • Researchers on sabbitical leave.

For more details on the office or the opening celebration, contact Ohuchi at or Kitamura at

What is NIMS?



The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) is Japan's sole Independent Administrative Institution (IAI) specializing in materials science. NIMS is charged with basic research and development of materials science, and to advance the level of expertise in the field.

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Open Facilities

The smooth deployment of research and development of materials science requires research facilities that are generic to and can be openly used by researchers from a wide range of scientific and technological communities. As a COE in materials science open to the world, NIMS has been developing and providing large scale research facilities of such kind to promote domestic and international research collaboration and exchange of scientific information.

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NIMS Nanotechnology Support Network

"NIMS Center for Nanotechnology Network," established in 2007, will provide support in the three out of four areas designated by MEXT to cover in the Program - "Nano-characterization," "Nano-fabrication," and "Extreme Conditions." Continuing from the previous term, we have agreed to function as a center, or a representative and a coordinator of the nation-wide network.

This program offers the opportunity of collaborative research, instruments utilization and technical assistants.

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Tsukuba Magnet Laboratory

High magnetic field can in principle be an intriguing playground for researchers and engineers of any area of science and technology, although primary players used to be physicists who wanted to understand microscopic electron states and control the movement of electrons in materials. The recent progress in magnet technology has essentially changed this situation, and high field magnets are now being used for scientific research in very wide areas including biology, chemistry, materials science, geology, etc.

The Tsukuba Magnet Laboratory (TML) is a user facility since 1998, providing domestic and international users with steady magnetic fields up to 35 T. In-house research program at TML includes a variety of subjects, such as magnet development for 1 GHz NMR, magnetic separation, protein crystal growth and studies on chemical and metallurgical reactions in high fields, etc. TML is also a base for international standardization of superconducting materials.

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UW Department of Materials Science & Engineering

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