Research Support Activities

Challenging Research Award


To encourage young faculty members at Tokyo Tech to engage in challenging research, Tokyo Tech has established the Challenging Research Award for creative, up-and-coming researchers who boldly pursue the promotion of the most advanced research in the world, pioneering of new fields of study, innovative development of new research, and important issues that are difficult to solve. We commend the recipients of this award and provide them with financial support for their research. Many of the researchers who won this award have also gone on to win the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.In 2022, 10 researchers were awarded and 3 of them won the Suematsu Challenging Research Award.

Throughout the selection, the Office of Research and Innovation make sure the present research trends by the early career researchers and keep setting many opportunities to support them.

FY2022 Requirements for Recommendation 【Internal】

*Only in Japanese.
*This award is only available to recommended individuals.
*Screening for FY2022 has been completed.

FY2022 Award Winners

The 21th Tokyo Tech Challenging Research Awards went to ten researchers each of whom will receive a research grant.

Name Affiliation Title Resaerch topic
★the Suematsu Challenging Research Award
Tatsuya MIURA Department of Mathematics,
School of Science
Associate Professor Variational and geometric analysis of higher order problems
Hiroaki ISHIZUKA Department of Physics,
School of Science
Associate Professor Theory of electron-lattice cooling in long-period superstructures
Satoshi KANEKO Department of Chemistry,
School of Science
Assistant Professor Control of the Physical Property of the Single-Molecule Junction Based on the Structural Analysis
Satoshi MIURA Department of Mechanical Engineering,
School of Engineering
Lecturer ★Development of intuitive interface considering human embodiment for teleoperated robotics
Ryohei ISHIGE School of Materials and Chemical Technology Associate Professor ★Vertically-aligned highly functional rigid aromatic polymers utilizing smectic liquid crystal
Yoshiki NAKAMURA Department of Computer Science,
School of Computing
Assistant Professor Study on Computational Complexity of Logics and Calculi of Relations
Toru KONDO Department of Life Science and Technology,
School of Life Science and Technology
Lecturer Quantum mechanism of light energy transport in biological systems
Kohei SATO Department of Life Science and Technology,
School of Life Science and Technology
Assistant Professor Stabilization of membrane proteins by honeycomb architectures
Tetsuya KAMBE Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science,
Institute of Innovative Research
Assistant Professor ★Development of finely-controlled synthesis for inorganic nanomaterials to realize artificial elements
Naoki MATSUI Research Center for All-Solid-State Battery,
Institute of Innovative Research
Assistant Professor Energy and hydrogen storage devices based on hydride

Comments from the Suematsu Challenging Research

三浦先生 写真

<Lecturer. MIURA>
I’m very honored to receive this award. I am most grateful to the department for giving me a chance. I greatly appreciate the support of many professors, staffs, students, and my family. We have studied the robotics and AI using human bio-signal. In this research, we developed the interface realizing the intuitive operation of the tele-robot. The tele-robotics is necessary in a lot of fields such as the infrastructure, medical and services. These robots have the unique structure because the working environment is complex. Hence, the robot’s structure is different from the human body. The function is called as “the Embodiment Difference”. Since it is difficult to operate the robot intuitively, we need to devise the interface connecting between robot and human whose structures are different. In this study, we developed the novel structured interface and the intelligent control to achieve the intuitive operability. I hope I can continue to live up to your expectations and contribute to the further success of the Tokyo Tech. Thank you very much.

石毛先生 写真

<Associate Prof. ISHIGE>
Rigid polymers such as polyimide and polythiophene, which have a rigid rod-like structure composed of aromatic rings, are used in a variety of applications ranging from insulating layers in electronic circuits to semiconductor layers in organic thin-film solar cells, because of not only their flexibility but also the excellent heat resistance beyond other flexible polymers. If these rigid polymers could be aligned perpendicularly to the film, extremely useful properties would be realized, such as high thermal and electrical conductivity in the film thickness direction. However, this is very challenging due to thermodynamic limitations. In this research, we focused on the properties of smectic liquid crystals that spontaneously form layered structures, as found in soap bubbles and cell membranes, to challenge the control of the vertical alignment of rigid polymers. Before now, we successfully fabricated unique polyimide films containing more than 70% of vertically aligned components. Finally, I am very honored to receive the prestigious Tokyo Tech Challenging Research Award and the Suematsu Challenging Research Award. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Professor Shinji Ando for supporting this research, Mr. Shohei Hara (M.S., 2020) for collaborating this research, and all the students and graduates of our laboratory. I also would like to express my deep appreciation for the great support of Tokyo Tech for young researchers.

神戸先生 写真

<Assistant Prof. KAMBE>
I am very honored to receive the prestigious Tokyo Tech Challenging Research Award and the Suematsu Challenging Research Award. I greatly appreciate the support of Professor Kimihisa Yamamoto, Associate Professor Takane Imaoka, the many other professors and all of the project staff and laboratory members. Superatoms are special metal particles composed of several atoms, and have been studied as promising building blocks for new materials due to the feature of having unique periodicity like atoms. In particular, it is attractive for superatoms to be able to control the electronic properties depending on the number of valence electrons, which has drawn wide attention as new materials that researchers are capable of designing the properties. However, research on superatom synthesis has been limited to either detection under high vacuum or synthesis of stable clusters using organic ligands. The aim of this research is to develop superatom synthesis with finely controlled atomicity and metallic ratios by making full use of template polymers and interfacial reactions, and eventually, to be able to synthesize various superatoms in a solution phase. Such superatoms are expected not only to replace scarce elements such as precious metals and rare earths, but also to perform as unknown elements which have new electronic state.

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony was held on September 1. Another ceremony was held on September 12 for the award winner who was absent on September 1.

Commemorative photo with the award winners (1-Sep) Commemorative photo with the award winners (1-Sep)
Commemorative photo with the award winner (12-Sep) Commemorative photo with the award winner (12-Sep)
President Masu giving a congratulatory address President Masu giving a congratulatory address
Presentation on Zoom
Presentation on Zoom
Question session after presentation
Question session after presentation