Research Support Activities



The Fund is designed to provide financial support to researchers engaged in fundamental science and engineering research, including steady research in mature engineering fields, engineering research that explores new possibilities based on a long-term perspective without being influenced by trends, and original engineering research for which it is difficult to acquire funding.

Background of ASUNARO Grant

Professor Emeritus Koichi Asano has studied the precise separation of multicomponent systems and developed a theoretical system for multicomponent distillation that can be applied to a wide range of temperatures, including cryogenic temperatures. He also succeeded in developing a plant for the production of ”Water-18O”, which is a raw material for diagnostic reagents used in PET, a method widely used in cancer screening.

The grant was established in response to Professor Emeritus Asano's wish to donate a portion of the proceeds from his research, saying, "I am grateful to society for the many years of support that allowed my work in basic research to flourish. In return, I would like to use the funds to support basic research by future generations.

FY2022 Application guideline【Internal】

※FY2022 application is closed.

FY2022 Grant Recipients

FY2021 was the second year of the grant, in which five researchers were selected as recipients.

Affiliation Title Name Research topic
Department of Physics,
School of Science
Theory of electron-phonon interaction in moire super-structures
Department of Physics,
School of Science
Assistant Professor Kihiro
Creation of spin current by a ultrashort laser pulse in heavy metal/magnetic insulator hetero structures
Department of Chemistry,
School of Science
Control of the Electron Transport of the Molecular Junction by the Modulation of the Intermolecular Interaction
Department of Chemistry,
School of Science
Assistant Professor Yusuke
Development of redox photosensitizer controlling spin orbit coupling using metal complex-organic compound hybrids
Department of Life Science and Technology,
School of Life Science and Technology
Assistant Professor Hidehiro
Understanding the mechanism of rare-earth elements acquisition by methanotrophs

Research Outline

Award Ceremony

The award ceremony was held on June 16, 2022. At the ceremony to present the recipients with their award notices, President Kazuya Masu stated in a speech that he was looking forward to seeing the development of their research. Professor Emeritus Asano also addressed the recipients expressing high hopes for the steady development of their research activities and ultimately a fruitful outcome by the end of their long-term efforts. Following their speeches, recipients explained their research activities and then had a deep and active discussion with Professor Emeritus Asano, President Masu, Osamu Watanabe, Executive Vice President for Research, Shigeru Hioki, Vice President for Public Engagement.            

集合写真 (Front row, from left)Assistant Prof. Yusuke Tamaki, Assistant Prof. Kihiro Yamada, Professor Emeritus Kouichi Asano, Assistant Prof. Hidehiro Ito, Assistant Prof. Satoshi Kaneko.
(Back row, from left:)Director of Research Promotion Department Eiji Tamai.
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