Research Support Activities

Support for Tokyo Tech Advanced Researchers 【STAR】

Overview

By utilizing the Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund, we provide large-scale grants to young researchers grappling with research topics that have the potential to become national projects in the future and to those who have achieved distinguished results in the fundamental sciences. The fund is designed to support these rising stars of the next generation.
STAR began providing support in 2013.

【Selection process】

Based on their career and research achievements, recipients are selected by the president and the director of the Office of Research and Innovation. Individuals cannot apply for this grant.

<Selection criteria>

  1. Young researchers grappling with research topics that have the potential to become national projects in the future
  2. Young researchers who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the fundamental sciences

<Eligibility>

  1. Early-career researchers with the title of associate professor or below (in principle, under the age of 40)
 

Application

Recipients are selected by the president and the director of the Office of Research and Innovation. Individuals cannot apply for this grant.
Every year around January, the director of the Office of Research and Innovation notifies selected researchers of their grants.

FY2020 Grant Recipients

Affiliation Title Name
Department of Physics,
School of Science
Associate Professor Toru HIRAHARA
Laboratory for Materials and Structures,
Institute of Innovative Research
Associate Professor Yu KUMAGAI
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Research overview

平原先生 写真

<Associate Prof. HIRAHARA>
【Creation of high-temperature atomic-scale superconductors by interface engineering】
Superconductivity is a macroscopic quantum phenomenon in which the electrical resistance of a material becomes zero. Since its discovery in 1911, the search for materials that exhibit high superconducting transition temperatures has been actively pursued. Normally, when the material becomes thinner and thinner, it becomes harder to show superconductivity. But in recent years, atomic layer materials that have higher superconducting transition temperatures than ordinary thick materials due to the effect of the substrate that support them, have been found. However, it is still not completely clear why this is happening. We aim to clarify the origin of high-temperature superconductivity by focusing on the interface between the atomic layer thin film and the substrate, and at the same time to develop more functional high-temperature superconductors by modifying this interface.

 
熊谷先生 写真

<Associate Prof. KUMAGAI>
【Construction of computational materials database for oxide materials and its application】
Since oxides are composed of various combination elements, it is possible to design optical and electronic functional materials that do not contain rare or toxic elements. These oxides are applied to thin film transistors and non-volatile memories, and basic research is being conducted from various perspectives such as superconductivity and photocatalysts. Using theoretical calculations based on quantum mechanics, I have performed systematic calculations for their various physical properties such as point defect characteristics and light absorption coefficients, and tabulated them as a computational material database. Furthermore, by using this database, we aim to predict physical properties by machine learning, discover unknown physical/chemical phenomena, and develop new excellent materials.

Comment

<Associate Prof. HIRAHARA>

I am very honored to be selected as a recipient of the "Support for Tokyo-tech Advanced Researchers [STAR]." I would like to thank all the mentors who have given me guidance and the group members who work hard every day on our experiments. At the same time, I would like to express my gratitude to the professors who selected me and to the donors of the Tokyo Tech Foundation. Although this research is a basic research, I believe that it has the potential to be useful for human life in the distant future and will work even harder on our research to accomplish this.

<Associate Prof. MIYAJIMA>

I am very honored to have been selected for "Support for Tokyo-tech Advanced Researchers [STAR]". I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the donors and selection committee members of the Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund. With this support, I would like to pursue even more challenging research.

Grant Ceremony

(counterclockwise from front left) Kitano, Inagi, EVP for Research Osamu Watanabe, President Kazuya Masu (counterclockwise from front left) Kumagai, EVP for Research Osamu Watanabe, President Kazuya Masu, Hirahara,
(*Masks taken off only during photography)
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