TANAKA Memorial Foundation Announces Precious Metals Research Grants Recipients

The TANAKA Memorial Foundation’s Representative Director, Hideya Okamoto, announced the recipients of the FY2021 Precious Metals Research Grants.

Following a rigorous screening process, the Gold Awards, each for 2 million yen, were presented to Junior Associate Professor Hiroaki Kubota of Tokai University and Associate Professor Fumihiro Inoue of YOKOHAMA National University. In addition, five research projects received Silver Awards, and four Young Researcher Awards were presented.

The TANAKA Memorial Foundation undertakes programs designed to foster developments in new precious metal fields while contributing to the advancement of science, technology, and socio-economics for the overall enrichment of society. The research grant program was launched in FY1999 and has continued each year since with the goal of supporting the various challenges of the “new world opened up by precious metals.” This year, the program’s 23rd year, a total of 137 applications were received in a wide range of fields where precious metals can make contributions to the research and development of new technologies. A total of 16.6 million yen in research grants was awarded for 23 projects.

The names of the two Gold Award recipients, their research, and the reasons for their selection are below.

– Junior Associate Professor Hiroaki Kubota, Tokai University
Enhancing development of model-based design and production technologies for electronic parts containing precious metals
This research seeks to develop model-based design and effectiveness evaluation using numerical analysis methods – represented by methods such as the finite element method – to minimize cost and takt time related to product design, prototyping, and process design. This research was highly rated for its study of model construction and developmental process efficiency using Ag-Cu alloys, which has the potential of helping the development of processing technologies and improvement of performance for precious metal spring contacts and other products.

– Associate Professor Fumihiro Inoue, YOKOHAMA National University
Formation of backside power delivery network using precious metal wires
This research seeks to develop technology for the development of metal wire formation, which is an element technology for three-dimensional mounting that is gaining attention as an integration technology for advanced logic devices. This research, which is related to the formation of precious metal wires as new materials that fulfill the conditions of metal wires, was highly rated for being research and development that can significantly contribute toward the practical application of this technology.

Five Silver Awards, four Young Researcher Awards, and 12 Encouragement Awards were also granted. The recipients and an overview of the Precious Metals Research Grants are indicated below. Applications for the FY2022 research granted are scheduled to open in the fall.

List of FY2021 Precious Metals Research Grants Recipients

– Platinum Award (0 award, 5 million yen)
Non granted

– Gold Award (2 awards, 2 million yen each)

Hiroaki Kubota, Junior Associate Professor, Tokai University
Enhancing development of model-based design and production technologies for electronic parts containing precious metals

Fumihiro Inoue, Associate Professor, YOKOHAMA National University
Formation of backside power delivery network using precious metal wires

– Silver Awards (5 awards, 1 million yen each)

Shoso Singubara, Professor, Kansai University
Formation of electroless ruthenium plating film and lowering its resistance

Yuichi Manaka, Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Value conversion of NOx using precious metal catalyst

Yoko Yamabe-Mitarai, Professor, The University of Tokyo
Platinum group metal-based high entropy super heat-resistant material

Takuya Nakashima, Associate Professor, Nara Institute of Science and Technology
Creation of light-emitting materials based on precious metal clusters

Akitsu Shigetou, Principal Researcher, National Institute for Materials Science
Hybrid bonding of corrosion-resistant precious metals and organic materials at low temperature under atmospheric pressure

– Young Researcher Awards (4 awards, 1 million yen each)

Kosuke Ueki, Assistant Professor, KINDAI University
Development of Co-Cr-W-X alloy for next-generation stents that balances mechanical properties, corrosion resistance, biocompatibility, and X-ray visibility

Shinya Masuda, Project Research Associate, The University of Tokyo
Selective synthesis of gold cluster catalyst with high carrying rate of atomically precise size and composition

Taichi Goto, Assistant Professor, Toyohashi University of Technology
Development of high-frequency spin wave device using precious metals

Asuka Inada, Assistant Professor, University of Miyazaki
Development of innovative metal-organic framework formed using peptides and precious metals and its application in hydrogen storage medium

– Encouragement Award (12 awards, 300,000 yen each)
Chen Chuantong, Associate Professor, Osaka University
Minamiki Tsukuru, Research Scientist, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
Hiyori Uehara, Assistant Professor, National Institutes of Natural Sciences
Shinjiro Takano, Research Associate, The University of Tokyo
Shoko Fujii, Medical Doctor, Tokyo Medical and Dental University
Hiroyoshi Ohtsu, Assistant Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Sun Jian, Special researcher, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Masakazu Matsubara, Associate Professor, Tohoku University
Katsunori Yogo, Assistant Professor, Nagoya University
Kaneyoshi Yamamoto, Professor, Hosei University
Haruyuki Ishii, Associate Professor, Yamaguchi University
Yoshiaki Nishijima, Associate Professor, YOKOHAMA National University

Overview of the 2021 Precious Metals Research Grants

Conditions:
Research content that falls under any of the following
– New technology related to precious metals
– Research and development related to precious metals that bring about innovative evolution in products
– Research and development of new products using precious metals
* Precious metal refers to eight elements of platinum, gold, silver, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium.
* If development is conducted jointly (or planned to be) with other material manufacturers, please indicate so.
* Products that have already been commercialized, put to practical use, or that are planned are not eligible.

Grant Amounts:
– Platinum Award: 5 million yen (1 award)
– Gold Award: 2 million yen (1 award)
– Silver Awards: 1 million yen (4 awards)
– Young Researcher Awards: 1 million yen (2 awards)
– Encouragement Award: 300,000 yen (several awards)
* The grant amount is treated as a scholarship donation.
* Awards may not be granted in some cases.
* The number of awards is subject to change.

Eligible Candidates:
– Personnel who belong to (or work for) educational institutions in Japan (universities, graduate schools, or technical colleges) or public and related research institutions may participate.
* As long as the applicant is affiliated with a research institution in Japan, the base of activity can be in Japan or overseas.
* The Young Researcher Awards are for researchers under the age of 37 as of April 1, 2021.

Application Period:
– 9am, September 1, 2021 (Wed) – 5pm, November 30, 2021 (Tue)

Inquiries Concerning the Research Grant Program:
Precious Metals Research Grants Office
Marketing Department, TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
22F Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6422
TEL: 03-6311-5596 FAX: 03-6311-5529 E-mail: joseikin@ml.tanaka.co.jp
TANAKA Memorial Foundation website: http://tanaka-foundation.or.jp

Press release in PDF: https://www.acnnewswire.com/docs/files/20220331_EN.pdf

TANAKA Memorial Foundation
Established: April 1, 2015
Address: 22F Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Hideya Okamoto
Purpose of Business: To provide grants for research related to precious metals to contribute to the development and cultivation of new fields for precious metals, and to the development of science, technology, and the social economy.
Areas of Business:
– Provision of grants for scientific and technological research related to precious metals.
– Recognition of excellent analysis of precious metals and holding of seminars and other events.

TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
Headquarters: 22F, Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Representative: Koichiro Tanaka, Representative Director & CEO
Founded: 1885
Incorporated: 1918
Capital: 500 million yen
Employees: 2,453 (as of March 31, 2021)
Sales: JPY 1,251,066,897,000 (FY2020)
Main businesses: Manufacture, sales, import and export of precious metals (platinum, gold, silver, and others) and various types of industrial precious metals products.
URL: https://tanaka-preciousmetals.com

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Japan – TANAKA Memorial Foundation to Offer Precious Metals Research Grants of up to 5 Million Yen

The TANAKA Memorial Foundation (Representative Director: Hideya Okamoto) announced that it will take applications for research themes for FY2021 Precious Metals Research Grants between September 1 (Wed) and November 30 (Tue). Applications will be accepted from Japanese educational institutions and public research institutes conducting research and development using precious metals. In this 23rd year of the research grant, recipients will receive 5 million yen for the Platinum Award, 2 million yen for the Gold Award, 1 million yen for the Silver Award, 1 million yen for the Young Researcher Award, and 300,000 yen for the Encouragement Award.

Applications for the Precious Metals Research Grants are open to themes in all fields related to new technology and research and development in which precious metals can make a contribution. Applications can be submitted using the application form on the TANAKA Memorial Foundation website (https://tanaka-foundation.or.jp), and, after strict examination, award recipients will be announced at the end of March 2022.

The TANAKA Memorial Foundation aims to contribute to the development and cultivation of new fields for precious metals and to the development of science, technology, and the social economy by conducting activities that enable more people to experience a prosperous society. This program is being implemented to help support the various challenges faced in the “new world opened up by precious metals.” Last year research and development on “development and application of precious metal catalytic reactions with unconventional low-temperature action using surface protonics” which contributes to SDGs and ESG investing and can also make a large contribution to the government’s 2050 goal of carbon neutrality won a Gold Award. Another Gold Award was presented for research and development on “development of an oxidation resistant Ir-based high-entropy alloy” related to high-entropy alloys, a new category of metallic material that is currently gaining attention.

Overview of the 2021 Precious Metals Research Grants

Theme:
– Themes that involve any of the following: new technologies to which precious metals can make a contribution, research related to precious metals that will bring innovative evolution to products, or research and development of new products using precious metals

Grant Amounts:
– Platinum Award: 5 million yen (1 award)
– Gold Award: 2 million yen (1 award)
– Silver Awards: 1 million yen (4 awards)
– Young Researcher Awards: 1 million yen (2 awards)
– Encouragement Award: 300,000 yen (several awards)
* The grant amount is treated as a scholarship donation.
* Awards may not be granted in some cases.
* The number of awards is subject to change.

Eligible Candidates:
– Personnel who belong to (or work for) educational institutions in Japan (universities, graduate schools, or technical colleges) or public and related research institutions may participate.
* As long as the applicant is affiliated with a research institution in Japan, the base of activity can be in Japan or overseas.
* The Young Researcher Awards are for researchers under the age of 37 as of April 1, 2021.

Application Period:
– 9am, September 1, 2021 (Wed) – 5pm, November 30, 2021 (Tue)

Application Method:
– Enter the required information on the application form available on the TANAKA Memorial Foundation website (https://tanaka-foundation.or.jp) and upload details of the research (papers and supplementary material on the theme).

Announcement:
– Results will be announced on the TANAKA Memorial Foundation website around the end of March 2022.
* TANAKA will contact the award recipients directly.

Conditions:
Research content that falls under any of the following
– New technology related to precious metals
– Research and development related to precious metals that bring about innovative evolution in products
– Research and development of new products using precious metals
* Precious metal refers to eight elements of platinum, gold, silver, palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium and osmium.
* If development is conducted jointly (or planned to be) with other material manufacturers, please indicate so.
* Products that have already been commercialized, put to practical use, or that are planned are not eligible.

Inquiries Concerning the Research Grant Program:
Precious Metals Research Grants Office
Global Marketing / R&D Supervisory Department, TANAKA Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.
22F Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6422
TEL: 03-6311-5596 FAX: 03-6311-5529 E-mail: joseikin@ml.