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Outline and History


   Laboratory for Materials and Structures (MSL), a research laboratory in Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology, has been established on 1st April, 2016. MSL aims to create innovative materials with outstanding properties and functions through interdisciplinary research efforts merging the fields of inorganic materials, metals and organic materials. The mission of our laboratory is the search for novel scientific principles related to innovative materials by integrating disciplines of a wide range of substances and materials. We intend to bring about breakthroughs in materials science and technology that contribute to solve technological problems in our society. MSL consists of four divisions: Division of Unexplored Materials Exploitation, Division of Materials Design, Division of Materials Integration, and Division of Structural Engineering (SERC). Members in MSL are achieving cutting-edge researches on advanced materials that may be of help to people, for example, functional oxides for electronic, photonic and magnetic applications, iron-based superconductors, and novel catalysts. We are pursuing this goal through materials design in atomic-, nano-, micro-, and macro-scales.

   The predecessor of MSL was Materials and Structures Laboratory (1996-2015) that was the successor of Research Laboratory of Engineering Materials (RLEM), which has been established in 1958 by merging two laboratories: Research Laboratory of Building Materials (1923) and Research Laboratory of Ceramic Industry. MSL succeeds as the joint usage/research center for advanced inorganic materials, and it provides a framework to promote multilateral collaborations and contributes to the development in this research field.

   MSL is a research laboratory open to researchers in advanced materials, and many collaborative researches are carried out with other institutions/enterprises in Japan and in the world. We are making our best efforts to achieve innovation in this field. We appreciate your continued support for our research activities.

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April, 2016 The MSL was reorganized as the Institute of Innovative Research, Laboratory for Materials and Structures.
April, 2010 "Materials and Structures Laboratory" was designated as the Joint Usage / Research Center for Advanced Inorganic Materials.
April, 2006 "Center for Materials Design" affiliated to the Materials and Sturucture Laboratory(MSL) was reorganized into the Secure Materials Center (SMC) affiliated to MSL (10 year-limit)
May, 1996 "Research Laboratory of Engineering Materials" was reorganized to “Materials and Structures Laboratory" (MSL)  as a nation-wide collaborative resaerch laboratory.
"Center for Materials Design" was established as an affiliated research center of MSL.
"Structural Engineering Reseach Center (SERC)" was established as common fascilities.
April. 1988 "Center for Ceramics Research" was established as an affiliated research center of RLEM.
April, 1958 "Research Laboratory of Building Materials" and "Research Laboratory of Ceramic Industry" werer integrated into "Research Laboratory of Engineering Materials" (RLEM).
May, 1949 The enactment of the National School Establishemnt Law promoted the reorganization of Tokyo Institiute of Technology so as to comply with the education reform, extending its three-year course into four-years and establishing the School of Engineering within the University.  
January, 1943 "Laboratory of Ceramics" was established as an affiliated laboratory of Tokyo Institute of Technology.
March, 1934 "Laboratory for Building Materials" was established as an affiliated laboratory of Tokyo Institute of Technology.


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