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Chiba University Global COE Program | Advanced School for Organic ElectronicsProgram

G-COE program Organic ElectronicsEducation

We will give young people a torch of science to illumi-nate their future by themselves

Dream in organic electronics
Most of the over 86 million registered materials (as of 2006) are organic materials, and many of them form solids by weak intermolecular interaction. Organic semiconductors are one representative of an electronic function brought about by this weak interaction coupled with individual molecular characteristics. Their physical and chemical properties are thus caused by the peculiar properties of molecules as well as by weak but complex interaction among molecules with structural fluctuations both in space and time. This complexity has hampered precise measure-ments and has made the clarification of functions of organic thin-film devices such as transistors and their development very difficult. There are various sciences hidden behind the complexity, and they are waiting for pioneering approach. The key to understanding the properties lies in the contact or interfaces among different substances. Thus, in addition to being an innovative approach, interactive research in different but related academic fields is essential for frontier research in organic electronics. The interdisciplinary atmo-sphere in this research field, rarely found in the past, will enable us to foster young students and researchers and to cultivate their creativity.

Highest class of research and education
In addition to the experts in the properties of organic semi-conductor and device development who have promoted the 21st Century Center-of-Excellence (21COE) project (FY2003-FY2007), Frontiers of Super-Functionality Organic Devices, researchers in the related necessary fields such as quantum transport, spin related physics, theory of solid state physics, quantum chemistry, and material chemistry, join in this project and cooperate to promote research and education in basic principles and applications of material science, in particular organic electronics.

Innovative education
Moreover, ten years ago the present members created and promoted the "Frontier Science Program"- an innovative education system that permits college entrance at age 17, the first system for highly gifted students in Japan - based on their contribution to the education for a long time. Thus, joining this project to the present Global COE (G-COE) project will create a very unique center for the highest class of research and higher education with no real precedent in Japan. The G-COE project will also attract highly motivated international researchers who embrace both science and technology, and are excellent in basic scholarship and specialized fields.



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Research Projects

We will develop, through our intellectual collaboration, new research in each of the fields of solid state physics, material chemistry and device development that is necessary in relation to organic/molecular electronics. Synergetic effects will be accelerated by communication between experiment and theory, basic and applied research. We will promote research activity focusing on international collaboration by graduate students and young researchers, and exchanging information with overseas researchers. We will make two research groups: a solid-state property group and a device-physics group. Based on frequent interaction between the two groups we will cultivate ourselves and generate challenging new research.

Solid-state property group:
We aim to clarify the basic sciences of solid-state properties caused by balance/competition between weak interaction among organic molecules and strong interaction in molecules, and the basic principles of related interfacial phenomena, and thus to carry forward dimensional, electron/spin related organic materials research.

Device-physics group:
We will develop property control of organic semiconductors, related to quantum effect, low dimensionality and structural fluctuations, and new device functions. Furthermore, it will encourage the discovery and development of a new science of organic electronics, and building its technical bases.

Education Program

International education program and financial support program for daily life and research of doctoral students
We will cultivate young researchers with the “spirit of challenge”, “persistence”, and “flexible values”, who will lead science and technology in the world in 10 or 20 years’ time based on their academic ability. We will form in Japan an original, innovative center of research and education to cultivate young researchers and foster international activity, creativity, originality and discovery.

Global Network

Extension of face-to-face communication by opening overseas branches of the “Human-Interaction Space” and by a new “International Shuttle Project”
We will open branches (hubs) of the “Human-interaction Space” at overseas universities, where younger members (postdoctoral researchers & students) from different fields have desks on the same floor, share the space and communicate with one another, and we will start the “International Shuttle Project” so that we can send out graduate students and young researchers to collaborative research projects and to overseas university seminars. We will conclude an interuniversity/interfaculty agreement. The present members have already been collaborating with researchers in many overseas universities and institutes for many years.



Program Members

Program leader
Nobuo Ueno Organic electronic states, electron spectroscopy

Program sub-leader
Hisao Ishii Organic device and electronic states



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Engineering Research Building

Contact address
G-COE Administration Bureau

Graduate School of Advanced Integration Science, Chiba University
1-33, Yayoi-cho, Inage-ku, Chiba-shi, 263-8522 Japan
URL http://www.gcoe.tf.chiba-u.jp

NOV. 2008