Innovation

JSR to Set up Joint Research Department With Institute of Statistical Mathematics

JSR Corp. (TYO:4185) and the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (ISM) recently announced that they have agreed to establish a joint research department named the JSR-ISM Smart Chemistry Lab, with aims being to get started this month. Through this joint lab, the partners intend to develop basic technologies that promote data-driven materials research. These technologies will then be used to significantly...

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Toyoda Gosei Makes Headway With Deep-UV LED Light Modules Able to Combat Viruses, Bacteria

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282) has developed deep-UV LED light modules with the ability to eliminate viruses and bacteria. As a first step toward mass production here, the Toyota Motor Corp. (TYO:7203) group company recently announced that it will supply deep-UV LED water purification units to be fitted in water-recirculating Wosh portable washstands. These washstands are set to be launched...

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Bando Chemical, Tosoh Receive NEDO Backing to Develop New Production Technologies for Transmission Belts

Bando Chemical Industries Ltd. (TYO:5195) and Tosoh Corp. (TYO:4042) have been selected to receive backing for a joint project of theirs from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). This comes as part of a NEDO initiative to develop cellulose nanofiber (CNF)-related technology capable of helping to achieve a carbon-recycling society. Set to run over fiscal 2020–2024, the...

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Sumitomo Riko Eyes Launch for New Microfluidic Device Developed With Lilac Pharma

Sumitomo Riko Co. Ltd. (TYO:5191) recently announced that it has jointly developed a new microfluidic device in conjunction with Lilac Pharma Inc., a pharmaceutical venture from Hokkaido University. Plans are to begin pre-orders this winter for the new device, which is used to manufacture lipid nanoparticles. The microfluidic device consists of two primary components: a microfluidic chip for creating the...

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Toyoda Gosei Develops Deep-UV LED With Strong Ability to Sterilize Coronavirus

Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. (TYO:7282), a rubber and resin manufacturer under the Toyota Group, has developed a deep-UV LED light module using technology cultivated over the course of various production and development efforts with blue LEDs. The module can be used to sterilize the likes of water or air. Deep-UV LEDs emit short-wavelength UV rays that destroy the genetic information...

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Zeon Wins Award for Positive Electron-Beam Resist Aimed at Use in Next-Gen Electronic Components

A positive electron-beam resist for use in next-generation electronic components has seen Zeon Corp. (TYO:4205) receive an award of excellence in the semiconductor electronic materials category of the 2020 Semiconductor of the Year awards. These awards are run by Japanese publication Electronic Device Industry News. The award here went to Zeon’s ZEP530A electron-beam resist, which not only offers superior resolution...

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