Fully Understanding Materials, Creating New Devices and Functions

Advanced science and technology produce new functional materials and new devices for modern lifestyles. The Graduate School of Materials Science is now strongly promoting 'photonic nanoscience' : by using photons ranging from X-ray to microwave, we elucidate novel structures, unique properties, and new device and material functionality at the electron, atomic, and molecular levels. We also conduct total engineering, which involves understanding the interaction of light with matter, designing new functional materials, and developing new devices.

Our research output will contribute to the development of new theory and the discovery of new phenomena, as well as to the creation of new functional materials, new devices, innovative instruments and new techniques in the future.

We systematically educate students who will become excellent leaders in research and development fields in the global society.

Leading research accomplishments supported by an excellent environment

The faculty-to-student ratio in GSMS is extremely high. Furthermore, the internationally renowned and highly active professors in our graduate school are accomplished and receive abundant external research funds, such as Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research. We offer cutting-edge experimental facilities and a spacious environment that allows all students to focus on their research and studies. The Graduate School of Materials Science includes the Research and Education Center for Materials Science, a common facility on campus that comprehensively supports students' study and research.

International Program

The Graduate School of Materials Science established the International Program in the master's course in April 2015.This program stimulates creative and internationally competitive research and development, and also facilitates an understanding of the history, culture and international role of Japan. All coursework and research leading up to graduation is carried out in English. A wide range of subjects are provided in materials science and in such interdisciplinary topics as intellectual property and ethics. In addition, students in the International Program are free to take most of the subjects that make up the Standard Program (usually given in Japanese).

Bidirectional industry-academia cooperation program

In addition to fundamental courses in basic research and education in materials science, we also offer industry-academia collaborative courses to develop new materials and new devices. Because researchers from external institutions, including company laboratories, are in charge of collaborative laboratories, students have many opportunities to study practical developments.

Wide-ranging student support systems

More than 60% of students in the master's program and all students in the doctoral program are able to reside in dormitories on campus. Scholarships and research funds are also available. We also provide financial support to all students in the doctoral program and some in the master's program to attend overseas international conferences. We have exchange agreements with many institutions throughout the world, giving students a great opportunity to study abroad.

Research and Education Center for Materials Science

The Center has a number of instruments and cutting-edge facilities operated by many expert technical staff to effectively support the full characterization of new materials, evaluation of novel properties, and nanofabrications. It fully supports education, research and safety management.

In addition to analysis and evaluation of new materials, the Research and Education Center for Materials Science focuses on design and synthesis of new functional materials which may be essential in the areas of modern science and advanced technology, including nanotechnology, biological sciences, information technology, and the environment. This is efficiently achieved by close collaboration between the main and collaborative laboratories at the frontiers of materials science. The Center also has a commission test scheme for non-NAIST researchers who wish to use our analytical facilities.

Graduate School of Materials Science


Core Laboratories

Specific Research Laboratories

Collaborative Laboratories

Research and Education Center for Materials Science