Joint Research Chair / Research Alliance Laboratories

Joint Research Chair

A joint research chair is a research organization created within Osaka University using funds provided by an outside company or other institution. The joint research chair system is intended to promote the creation of high-grade research results. In addition to the funds, the university also receives researchers and other resources from the company, and the Osaka University faculty works together with the company researchers on an equal basis to carry out joint research. This system enables Osaka University to expand its research and contribute to society by maintaining long-term research centers, operated jointly with the industrial world, in academic areas which meet the diverse needs of and contribute to the advancement of society.
Joint research chairs are established in order to conduct joint research, and the research is their highest priority. These independent research organizations established at Osaka University carry out research that is coordinated by the university and by the company funding the research, and are characterized by the flexibility and fast pace of their research activities. This system aims to produce results that are different from conventional joint research systems or endowed chairs.

As of April 2024
List Graduate School of Engineering

Jul. 2006
Microwave Chemistry Joint Research Chair
Apr. 2008
Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratory of Manufacturing Converging Technologies
Oct. 2008
Welding and Maintenology Joint Research Chair
Jul. 2011
NEXCO-West Joint Research Chair for Expressway Engineering and Management
Apr. 2017
Joint Research Laboratory (TOPPAN) for Advanced Cell Regulatory Chemistry
Apr. 2017
SiC Application Technology Joint Research Chair
Apr. 2018
RORZE Lifescience Joint Research Chairfor Cell Culture Engineering
Apr. 2019
Joint Research Chair on Design for Advanced Medical System
Apr. 2020
●Joint Research Laboratory (Iwatani) for Cell Storage & Transport Technology
Apr. 2020
●SEI Joint Research Chair for Materials Design
Apr. 2020
●Mobility System Joint Research Chair
●Toyo Aluminium Research Laboratory of Semiconductors
●JSOL Joint Research Chair for Next-generation CAE
●JX Nippon Mining & Metals Joint Research Chair for Circular Economy Promotion
●Cell Manufacturing Design (CET) Joint Research Laboratory
●Microsonochemistry Joint Research Chair
●Joint Research Laboratory for Social Implementation of Cultured Meat
●Joint Research Chair for Offshore Wind System Integration
●Cell Manufacturing Simulation Engineering (Hitachi) Joint Research Chair
●Joint Research Laboratory (Fujimori Kogyo) for Social Implementation of Bio-Manufacturing

Research Alliance Laboratories

Research bases to deploy various university-industry collaboration by attracting research organizations of enterprises to Osaka University. Enterprises and Osaka University facilitate industrialization of research achievements, improve sophistication of research activities, and nurture human resources, by utilizing mutual research information, technologies, human resources and facilities at the common place.

As of  April 2022
List Graduate School of Engineering

Apr. 2012
Panasonic Science Research Alliance Laboratories
Oct. 2012
Hitz Research Alliance Laboratory
Apr. 2015
Komatsu MIRAI Construction Equipment Cooperative Research Center
Apr. 2016
Daikin Research Alliance Laboratories
Apr. 2017
Nippon Shokubai Research Alliance Laboratories
Sep. 2017
NTN Next Generation Research Alliance Laboratory
Jun. 2018
Hitachi Plant Services Research Alliance Laboratories
Nov. 2018
ULVAC-Osaka University Joint Research Laboratory for Future Technology
Apr. 2019
Nippon Steel Fundamental Materials Research Alliance Laboratories
Aug. 2019
Omics Innovation Research Laboratories
Sep. 2021
PERSOL Industrial Human Resources Research Alliance Laboratory


Educational Research Facilities Attached to Graduate School of Engineering

Web SiteResearch Center for Ultra-Precision Science and TechnologyOPEN

Established in April, 2001

The purpose of the Center is the continuous development of original technology in “atomistic fabrication technology,” where fundamental physical and chemical phenomena utilized in engineering processes such as ultra-precision machining, thin film growth and nanofabrication should be analyzed and elucidated from the atomistic and electronic perspectives. Objectives of the Center are to develop an original apparatus for manufacturing useful “products” and to evaluate the performance of the products.

Web SiteCenter for Atomic and Molecular TechnologiesOPEN

Established in April, 2013

The mission of the Center for Atomic and Molecular Technologies (CAMT) is to establish a scientific discipline for technical advancement beyond nanotechnologies and further to lead this achievement to the design of innovative applications from atomic and molecular levels. The Center has been established as a cross-disciplinary research venue to enhance the horizontal integration of various scientific activities among the Departments in the Graduate School of Engineering. It consists of three major research divisions; (1) quantum engineering for atomistic designing, (2) plasma-applied engineering for surface activation designing, and (3) functional designing of materials and structures by physical and chemical reactions.

Web SiteOn-site Research center for Sustainability Design(ORCSD)OPEN

Established at the Amagasaki seafront. Research and development is conducted here from the viewpoint of innovation in human lifestyle and industrial technology, with the aspiration of achieving a sustainable society through cooperation with both industry and community. The Center is intended as a base to give sustainability design solutions. The Center will continue to be an intellectual intercommunication platform for research, education and social contribution.

Education and Research Center for Advanced Structural
and Functional Materials DesignOPEN

Established in April, 2008

The Center was established to promote education and research on Advanced Structural and Functional Materials Design. One aim of the Center is to foster young researchers who are internationally minded and competent enough to take the initiative in independent studies through our education programs. The Center also seeks to establish an internationally renowned research center on materials science.

Web Site Center for Future InnovationOPEN

Established in April, 2020

As of April 2020, the Center for Future Innovation of the Graduate School of Engineering was launched integrating the Center for Open Innovation Research and Education and the Strategy Management & Support Office, both of which were previously run by the School itself. In response to social issues and needs, the Center will foster the development of interdisciplinary research and new academic fields, aiming to promote problem solving and offer future-oriented innovations. To this end, the Center will focus on creating a strategic base that will lead these academic fields. In relation to this, the Center provides support for “TechnoArena”, which is a unique research and educational system to promote integrative research and educational program across divisions of the School. The Center will promote the development of innovations with venture initiatives in mind, take part in co-creation to resolve social issues that align with society’s needs, support the growth of collaborative and integrative research activities, develop future leaders, and oversee the faculty’s research activities. Together, we will strive to improve the School’s research capabilities. Furthermore, we will push forward to improve our educational roles through steps such as offering an interdisciplinary educational program as well as the Course of Industry-University-Government Co-Creation, supporting recurrent education, and aiding the students’ pursuit of their own academic and research themes.

Web SitePhotonics CenterOPEN

Established in April, 2001

The Center is a Creation of Innovation Center based on industry-academia-government collaboration. It was launched with the objective of creating a “forum” for the seamless process from the research of industry-academia-government collaboration to the application in society of the results obtained, and to further develop and continue with the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) -run Creation of Innovation Centers for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Areas Program “Photonics Advanced Research Center,” between the fiscal years 2007 and 2016. We attempt to fuse different areas with a base of the photonics field, and promote the fusion of advanced evaluation analysis and processes, devices and apparatus; new functional optical properties and materials; biotechnology and sensors, and other fusion research as well as education. Through a diversity of educational programs we turn out human resources who will be able to shoulder the next-generation industries and perform on the international stage, while simultaneously creating a global center for photonics that will be the foremost in Japan.

Joint Use Facilities, Graduate School of Engineering

Radio Isotope LaboratoryOPEN

Established in August, 1968

The Radio Isotope laboratory founded in August 1968 for the experiments using radioactive materials and nuclear materials are available to the staff of Graduate School of Engineering. Researches treating various tracer-level materials and some nuclear materials are performed. The laboratory is operated by the steering committee for safety management of radiation protection and storage of nuclear materials and radioisotope wastes.

Material and Structural LaboratoryOPEN

Established in February, 1969

This laboratory is one of the join-use facilities in the Graduate School of Engineering and the School of Engineering. Faculties and students in many departments use the equipments in this laboratory to study their research projects such as static and dynamic strengths of materials and structures.
1. Building
RC structure of one-story. Area919m2
2. Main Equipments
Slab Testing Machine
(Capacity : Dynamic load 300kN)
Electro-Hydraulic Material Testing Machine
(Capacity : Dynamic load 49kN, 98kN, 98kN) Universal Testing Machine
(Loading capacity : 2000kN)
A Number of other Testing Equipments, 50.

Work ShopOPEN

Established in April, 1969

It has been established for doing special work and making machine components and glassware for the use in research projects at the Graduate School of Engineering and the School of Engineering, Osaka University. The main facilities are composed of twenty machine tools such as lathes (5), milling machines (3), a wire cut electrical discharge machining, a machining center, a surface grinder, a welding machine and devices for glass work. Researchers or students can use machines for themselves and get instructions by the experts. While hull-time experts do their jobs.

Web SiteAnalytical Instrumentation FacilityOPEN

Established in April, 1969

The Analytical Instrumentation Facility has various analytical instruments performing structural and physicochemical analyses of materials and molecules. Particularly, NMR, EPR, MS, IR and CD machines are installed in the facility. The facility maintains these instruments and supports many researches in diverse field of fundamental and applied sciences such as chemistry, material science and molecular biology. In addition, tutorial classes about the instruments for researchers and students are held once or twice a year in the facility. The list of the instruments are shown in the facility homepage.

Education Center for Practical Machine Shop TechnologyOPEN

Established in April, 1969

It has been established for educating students for practical machine shop technology and also for making special work or machine components for the use in research works at the Graduate School of Engineering and the School of Engineering, Osaka University. The main facilities are composed of a machining center, a NC-lathe, a NC-milling machine, an electrodischarge machine and twenty generic machine tools such as lathes (8), milling machines (3), grinders (2).Instructors and experts educate students on educating time. And researchers or students can use machines for themselves and get instructions by the experts except on the educating time. While full-time expert does his job.

Common Testing HallOPEN

Established in March, 1970

It has been established for educating students for practical machine shop technology and also for making special work or machine components for the use in research works at the Graduate School of Engineering and the School of Engineering, Osaka University.
The main facilities are composed of a machining center, a NC-lathe, a NC-milling machine, an electrodischarge machine and twenty generic machine tools such as lathes (8), milling machines (3), grinders (2).Instructors and experts educate students on educating time. And researchers or students can use machines for themselves and get instructions by the experts except on the educating time. While full-time expert does his job.

Web SiteWind Tunnel for ResearchOPEN

Established in April, 1981

The wind tunnel is serving as a fundamental facility for research concerning mechanical problems in a variety of departments in the Graduate School of Engineering. Research areas include wind-proof performance of the structures and wind phenomena around large scale architectural structures, diffusion of pollutants into the atmosphere, airflow and contaminants distribution in a room, and research related to the dynamics and energy efficiency of wind energy etc.. The wind tunnel is designed on the basis of the following ideas:

  • (1)To work as either the horizontal recirculating type or as the open type, by adopting variable pitch rotor, the latter type being mainly for the purpose of the experiments with smoke.
  • (2)To allow the test section exchangeable between the two units of different sizes of cross section, depending on the scale of models and required wind velocity.

Web SiteInstitute of Free Electron LaserOPEN

Established in April, 2000

Research and development of free electron laser (FEL) and its applications in wide science and technology fields are proceeded. The wavelength region of the FEL facility can cover from 0.23 to 100_m with five undulators using RF accelerated electron beam of energy of 30Å`165MeV. The field of FEL application spans over semiconductor and material research, nuclear physics and technology, biomedical diagnostics and treatments. Collaborative research programs are actively coordinated to connect the fundamental research results with new development of industrial technologies.
(2-9-5Tsuda-Yamate, Hirakata, Osaka573-0128, Japan)

Multi-Media Center(Engineering)OPEN

Established in April, 2002

This center serves the facility for education and research in the information processing and computer science and also serves as the Suita branch of Cybermedia Center. In 2002, this facility was newly unified as the multi-media center in GSE common building. The center is equipped with 156 terminals connected to the Cybermedia Center for Information Processing of Osaka University, which are usually used for the practical lessons in the information processing education and research for the students of the School of Engineering and the Graduate School of Engineering. Historically, this facility was originally founded as a branch of the Computation Center of Osaka University, and transferred to the Graduate School of Engineering and the School of Engineering.

Web SiteLiaison OfficeOPEN

Established in April, 2003

The Liaison Office develops various activities at the Graduate School of Engineering in cooperation with industries and other communities. The office is composed of two sections. The Regional Collaboration Section promotes various regional collaborations, and accepts and solves technological inquiries and demands from industries, economic organizations, and research institutions. The Industrial Collaboration Section contributes to efficient, flexible and advanced collaborations with industries under contracts, and promotes advanced prior activities for the Joint Research Chairs and the Research Alliance Laboratories.

Web SiteCreative Design Studio on TechnologyOPEN

Established in April, 2003

Under today’s progresses in science and technology, engineering creativity becomes to be emerged through cooperative team activities among engineers with different views and backgrounds and process from generating innovative concepts to deploying them to products.This center provides learning spaces for developing students’ creativity, typically for project-based learning, under the above trend. Teams of students can discuss and work respectively in 16 small rooms. They can use CAD/CAM/CAE systems, various machine tools, a rapid-prototyping machine, etc. The central hall is the best for holding class-wide meeting, competition and exhibition. Since its establishment, many attractive courses have been offered at the studio.

Web SiteCenter for International AffairsOPEN

Established in April, 2013

The Center for International Affairs (C.I.A.) offers various forms of support for foreign students and researchers from around the world who come to Japan, so that they may live their everyday lives without distress, and devote themselves to their primary end, study and research. For foreign students in particular, the C.I.A. offers scholarship information as well as information concerning education in general, career support seminars (including counseling services), and the “Japanese Classes for Science and Engineering”. The Center also plans and hosts an excursion to research facilities outside of Osaka University, as well as gathering parties. Furthermore, the C.I.A. administers various projects that contribute to international education, such as “English for Engineering” classes for graduate students, U.S. Training Courses for Research and Presentation in Engineering and Science for graduate students, the promotion of mutual student exchange under the Exchange Agreement, and the “English Café Suita”, aimed at developing English abilities. Finally, the Center annually issues the “Annual Report Regarding International Exchange and Education, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University” within which the Center’s various activities are reported.


●Large-scale Education and Research Projects

As of May 1,2021

Development of GaN power/optical devices with extremely high efficiencies on high-quality GaN substrates and their application to practical systems
Leader:Professor MORI Yusuke(Division of Electrical, Electronic and Information Engineering)[MOE]

Development of bio-based production technology to accelerate Carbon Recycling
Leader:Professor OMASA Takeshi(Department of Biotechnology)[NEDO]

Project Focused on Developing Key Evaluation Technology: Development and Implementation of Manufacturing Processes of Regenerative Therapy Products based on Quality-by-Design (QbD) Concept.
Establishment of QbD-based control strategy and advanced core ecosystem in cell manufacturing.
Leader:Professor KINO-OKA Masahiro(Department of Biotechnology)[AMED]

Integrated manufacturing process of viral vectors for cell and gene therapy
Leader:Professor UCHIYAMA Susumu(Department of Biotechnology)[AMED]

Development of Technologies for Next-Generation Thermal Power Generation/Development of basic technology for next-generation thermal power generation/Basic research on wide-load-zone high-efficiency gas turbine combined cycle power generation (which offers superior mobility)
Leader:Professor AKAMATSU Fumiteru(Department of Mechanical Engineering) [Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.]

Project Focused on Developing Key Evaluation Technology: Manufacturing Technology for Industrialization in the Field of Regenerative Medicine.
Research of scale-up based on cell manufacturability and the system development for human resource to impart manufacturing expertise
Leader:Professor KINO-OKA Masahiro(Department of Biotechnology)[AMED]

○Development of crop varieties and breeding materials using genome editing technology (comprehensive) .
Leader:Professor MURANAKA Toshiya(Department of Biotechnology)[Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries]

○Project for Enhancement of Education, Research and University Management Capacity at Vietnam-Japan University (Nanotechnology Program, TC2)
Leader:Professor SHIBUTANI Yoji(Department of Mechanical Engineering)[JICA]

○Construction of manufacturing technology for low-cost, on-demand GaN substrates suitable for various applications
Leader:Professor MORI Yusuke(Division of Electrical , Electronic and Infocommunications Enginnering)[Tokai National Higher Education and Research System]

○Development of Additive Manufacturing Process for Ni-based Alloy using Materials Integration (MI)
Leader:Professor NAKANO Takayoshi(Division of Materials and Manufacturing Science)[JST]