Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research(ICCER)Institute of Mountain Science(IMS)Institute for Fiber Engineering, Shinshu University(IFES)Center for Energy and Environmental Science(X-Breed)Institute of Carbon Science and Technology (ICST)Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBS)Institute of Carbon Science and Technology (ICST)Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research (ICCER) ①Cutting-edge nanocarbon research 〜From support for local companies to the development of new materials central to Japanese industry〜To promote carbon innovation in the 21st century, the Institute of Carbon Science and Technology (ICST) focuses on the development of the new technologies and materials which will become the future core competencies of Japanese industry, and carries out world-leading research in the field of nanocarbons, aiming at contributing to a broad range of fields including the environment, energy, biotechnology, medicine and ICT.Division ProfilesEndo LaboratoryBuilding on the accomplishments both of the University’s Distinguished Professor Morinobu Endo and on a global network of scientists, the Laboratory invites prominent researchers to collaborate in world-class carbon research. As well as undertaking projects that include COI, the Laboratory promotes industry-academia partnerships and inter-university cooperation through which it seeks to bring together prominent researchers and research facilities.Division for Nano-carbon FundamentalsNew forms of nanocarbons utilizing the bonding states of abundant carbon elements are being generated and their structures and properties analyzed. Work is also being done on refining the process of nanocarbon synthesis to produce materials with more finely calibrated properties while minimizing the environmental impact, and advanced evaluation technologies, including in-situ analysis, are being developed.Division for Application of Carbon MaterialsFunctional composite materials with outstanding conductivity, light weight and robustness are created by combining nanocarbons with metal, resin, rubber and various other materials. New technologies are developed for applying nanocarbons and nanocarbon composite materials to energy devices, electronics and biomaterials.Division for Open Advanced Research Facilities Initiative and Nanotechnology PlatformSupport is provided to industry and joint nanocarbon research is conducted utilizing cutting-edge equipment. In addition to seeking ways to share Shinshu University facilities with private companies through projects commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, support for industry and research partnerships involving local entities are promoted through the support of joint research.11