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.

FY2019 Grant Recipients

Affiliation Title Name
Department of Physics,
School of Science
Associate Professor Kiyotaka AIKAWA
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
School of Engineering
Associate Professor Shinsuke MIYAJIMA
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Research overview

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<Associate Prof. AIKAWA>
【Exploration of macroscopic quantum physics with single nanoparticles in vacuum】
Quantum mechanics, which was established in the early 20th century, is today used in a variety of fields including electronics, measurements, and material developments. The essence of quantum mechanics is that particles exhibit a wave-like nature, and it has been verified that such a behavior is true of microscopic particles such as electrons, atoms, and photons. By contrast, macroscopic objects that surround us do not exhibit quantum behaviors, and the reason is not trivial. By studying the quantum mechanical nature of the motion of particles levitated in vacuum, we will elucidate how quantum mechanics for macroscopic objects differs from quantum mechanics for microscopic particles. Another important goal of us is to utilize the new system of levitated particles for society through high-sensitivity sensing.

 
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<Associate Prof. MIYAJIMA>
【Low-cost and high efficiency solar cells and optical power converter for optical wireless power transmission】
Further reduction of the production cost of solar cell is one of the important issues for photovoltaic power generation. The production process of high-efficiency silicon solar cells requires highly explosive and toxic gases. One of our targets is to establish a low-cost process without the use of these gases. In addition, we have also been investigating a hybrid solar cells which consist of a widegap perovskite solar cell and a silicon solar cell for further improvement of conversion efficiency. By applying our experiences in solar cell research, we are also investigating high-efficiency optical power converters to realize optical wireless power transmission (OWPT) system, a new wireless power transmission technology.

Comment

<Associate Prof. AIKAWA>

I am very honored to have been selected for “Support for Tokyo-tech Advanced Researchers [STAR]” and I am grateful to those who selected me and those who have donated to the Tokyo Tech Fund. I am working on a fundamental and challenging theme in the field of quantum mechanics, which has attracted great attention recently, but in the end, I believe it will become an important issue not only for basic science but also for application. It is my hope to use this support to create new trends.

<Associate Prof. MIYAJIMA>

Thank you very much for selecting me as a recipient of “Support for Tokyo-tech Advanced Researchers [STAR]. I believe that our previous works accomplished with many students and collaborators led to this support. I would like to tackle even more challenging research topics with new students using this support.

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