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Open research facilities

In Tsukuba City, Ibaraki Prefecture, there are 32 public research institutes (about one-third of all public research institutes in Japan), and a variety of research facilities and environments are available for various types of study. The TIA core institutes - AIST, NIMS, University of Tsukuba, and KEK - possess arrays of leading-edge facilities and equipment vital to perform various nanotechnology procedures, such as materials synthesis, microfabrication, prototype device fabrication, physical property measurement and nanoscale measurement/analysis. These facilities and equipment are available for external users through various forms of services such as technical consultation, technical surrogate, use of equipment, and collaborative research (subject to fees). University of Tokyo joined the network of these open research facilities in FY2016.

In addition to these fee-charging services above, Photon Factory (PF) at KEK offers shared facility use to university researchers, etc. for free. Each core institute of TIA holds training sessions to explain how to use equipment at the open research facilities, thereby promoting efficient R&D through active use of the equipment. Some of the facilities are also used in the MEXT Nanotechnology Platform Project, further promoting shared use.

State-of-the-art equipment

Helium ion microscope (left) Photon Factory (right top) Positron Probe Microanalyzer (right bottom)

We provide state-of-the-art equipment for open use, enabling leading-edge nanoscale measurements and analyses, such as "Positron probe micro-analyzer", "Scanning helium ion microscopes", "Atomic-resolution analytical TEM", and "Multiscale FIB-SEM". In addition to those fundamental equipment, we also have many specific equipment using synchrotron radiation of the Photon Factory (PF) such as fluorescent XAFS, and nanoscale elemental analysis such as ultrasensitive accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS), and space radiation tolerance test using ion accelerators. Those equipment are used for a variety of purposes ranging from academic research to the development of industrial technology.

Development of nanotechnology human resources and trial use for industrial application


TIA offers various seminars and training courses to develop human resources in nanotechnology so that they can play active roles in a variety of fields ranging from academic research to the development of industrial technologies to R&D in leading-edge nanoscale processing, measurement, and analysis technologies. In addition, the University of Tsukuba offers trial use services (free of charge), encouraging industrial researchers to apply ion-beam-based measurement/processing techniques to their R&D.

Database of Open Research Facilities in Tsukuba


This database was created in FY2013 as a part of the Tsukuba International Strategic Zone projects. Currently, the database marks the registration of more than 300 pieces of shared use equipment belonging to four core organizations of TIA based in the Tsukuba area (AIST, NIMS, University of Tsukuba, and KEK), and researchers can search for equipment that meets their purposes. By conducting keyword search, users can find the locations and specifications of equipment, and how to apply to use it. The database can also be used to search for equipment in terms of what material will be analyzed, measured, or processed, and what method will be used.。


Facilities of the core organizations


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