The Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM) at Tohoku University has played a leading role in Japanese metal refining research since 1949. As the quality and diversity of metals has risen with the expansion of the industry, Tohoku University has made ever-broadening contributions to society through its material research. Today, society is facing a time of material development for saving energy and resources.

Within this trend, the use of rare metals and other scarce elements has increased, as adding small amounts of them to existing material lends the base metal more unique features. And they can also be high-performance materials, such as magnetic materials. However, the source supply is limited, and recycling of rare elements is highly necessary.

With this background, our research project, "high-efficiency rare element extraction technology" has been started with support from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). On this project, we cooperate with various research institutes to find a new screening method and new smelting technology for rare elements.

We believe we can build a new business based on the metal industry in the Tohoku region to stimulate economies in the disaster-stricken areas of March 11th earthquake and tsunami.
We appreciate your support.

Takashi Nakamura

Project Leader
Prof. Takashi Nakamura
Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (IMRAM)
Tohoku University