The Social Cooperation Program established in this endeavor aims to pioneer new areas of science that will transcend fluorine chemistry, organic chemistry, and life sciences. This will be accomplished by fusing the ‘cutting-edge academic knowledge’ possessed by University of Tokyo in various fields such as materials engineering, organic chemistry, and life science, with the ‘fluorine technology’ that AGC has built-up through over 50 years of experience.
Specifically, the program will pursue the following themes:
- Develop manufacturing processes that are safer, more useful, and have less environmental impact by utilizing the superior reactivity of fluorine-containing structures
- Investigate new reactions that will form functional organic materials that leverage the unique characteristics of fluorine-containing structures
- Discover new medicinal active ingredients that effectively utilize the bioactivity of fluorine-containing structures
This program also aims to contribute to development in the chemical industry by using open innovation to produce useful materials and manufacturing processes with potential applications in a wide range of industrial fields.
The laboratory completed at Hongo Campus on April 21 was designed by Kiminori Mochizuki, architect and Associate Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design, who won the first Good Design Award for laboratory renovation in 2014. He designed this new laboratory based on the concept of "creating a lab environment that fosters innovation while being comfortable, safe, and secure." The lab itself has been outfitted with state-of-the-art innovations from AGC including Lacobel™, a colored-glass that functions like a whiteboard for users to write and erase ideas, and Glascene™, a transparent glass screen for displaying presentations. By using these products as walls and partitions, a bright, comfortable, and creative environment has been successfully realized. Stage two of this project is slated for sometime near the end of July this year.
Social Cooperation Program Overview
|Laboratory for Material and Life Sciences for Fusion of Fluorine and Organic Chemistry
|Department of Chemistry & Biotechnology, School of Engineering, University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus)
|April 1, 2017–March 31, 2020
|Purpose of research
|The research aims to develop innovative technology as well as lead to the development of pioneering chemical manufacturing processes, functional materials, and bioactive substances by fusing fluorine technology with cutting-edge academic knowledge of organic chemistry.
|AGC Asahi Glass
| Kyoko Nozaki, Specially Appointed Professor
Midori Akiyama, Specially Appointed Assistant Professor
|Partner Representative Researcher
|Takashi Okazoe, Innovative Technology Research Center, AGC Asahi Glass
The laboratory and prep room for Material and Life Sciences for Fusion of Fluorine and Organic Chemistry
Design: Kiminori Mochizuki (Associate Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design/head of archichi office)
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