Research2nd Phase:InterdisciplinaryCluster forCutting EdgeResearch (ICCER)Institute for Fiber Engineering (IFES)Research Initiative for Supra-Materials (RISM)Research Center for Social Systems (RCSS)Research Center for Aerospace Systems (SURCAS)Institute for Biomedical Sciences (IBS)Institute for Mountain Science (IMS)Research Centers for Specific AreaInstitutesTOPICSIndustrial Implementation of an Innovative Inorganic Crystal Material TechnologyMEXT Program for Building Regional Innovation EcosystemsUsing innovative inorganic crystals and other related materials created by use of Shinshu University’s leading inorganic crystal growth technology (Called the flux method, a technology that grows single crystals at a temperature much lower than the melting point of the substance being used), the University plans to produce epoch-making products and systems with applications in various fields, such as water treatment devices, biocompatible devices and lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. The University calls this flux crystals “Shindai Crystal” and has acquired for the trademark. Starting with the launch of “NaTiO”, a portable water purifier, on 25 December 2018, the University is collaborating with industries in the Shinshu area to accelerate the commercialization of Shindai Crystals.Portable water purifier “NaTiO” jointly developed with the TOCLAS CorporationThe Special Characteristics of Our ResearchGlobal Aqua Innovation Center for Improving Living Standards and Water-Sustainability (COI)Shinshu University has been selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and the Japan Science and Tech-nology Agency (JST) as a Center of Innovation (COI) site (one of eighteen in Japan). This national-level industry-academia-government collaborative project, which combines leading technologies, will promote social systems innovation with the goal of making water use more sustainable.The 2nd Phase of the Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research: 3 research institutes and 3 research centersThe resources of Shinshu University’s Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research (ICCER) are mainly divided among six fields of research that the University specializes in. ICCER comprises a double framework for research: research institutes to drive cutting edge, innovative research, and research centers whose mission includes training human resources to work in specialist areas and offering platforms for industry-academia-government collaboration. This double framework gives an extra edge to the University’s research culture.