Chemicals Research Laboratories

Established by combining the Plastics Research Laboratory and Specialty Chemicals Research Laboratory in 1999, The Chemicals Research Laboratories set to work as laboratories for creating a wide variety of chemical products, ranging from specialty chemicals to polymers. By exploiting polymer science, synthetic chemistry technology, catalyst technology, and nanotechnology, the laboratories pursue creation and research of the Toray advanced materials which are at work in the fields of information/communications, automobiles, and aircraft. We are also engaged in R&D to help prevent global warming and solve problems such as resource depletion.

Plastics Research Laboratory

The Plastics Research Laboratory uses polymerization and design, polymer alloys, composites and molding and other base technologies as its foundation, spearheading research into higher polymer functions and processes. Particularly in recent years, we have focused our research efforts in the area of super engineering plastics such as polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) and Liquid Crystal Polyester (LCP) which have outstanding heat resistance, flame retardance and chemical resistance, and are increasingly being used in hybrid vehicles and other applications. We have also conducted research in areas such as creating the world’s first NANOALLOY™ polymer.

Recent research has yielded successful results. One example is our development of PPS NANOALLOY™, a material that achieves a huge improvement in toughness compared to conventional materials by advanced integration of a number of technologies, including Toray’s unique polymer molecule design technology, nano-order polymer structure control technology, and compounding technology. Another example is our development of a polyamide resin with high temperature durability. This was made possible by dispersing nanoparticles of our unique durability-improving agent onto nylon resin, and using these particles to form an oxygen-blocking shield layer on the surface, thereby controlling oxidative decomposition within the molded product.

We also participated in a national project called the Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT), and succeeded for the first time in the world in developing flexible, tough materials that resist breaking upon impact while retaining hardness and strength.
In this way, the Plastics Research Laboratory plays the role of Toray’s polymer center, and is also conducting basic research to create new polymer materials.

Innovative materials for automobiles and applications researched and developed
Successful development of nano-alloy technology for forming a 3D continuous structure which is precisely controlled on the nano-order
Existing material(Nylon)/NANOALLOY™
Successful development of the world’s first shock absorbing plastic, which normally exhibits the characteristics of high-function plastic, but deforms and absorbs shock like rubber when a sudden impact is applied

Specialty Chemicals Research Laboratory

The Specialty Chemicals Research Laboratory strives from a base of organic synthesis, inorganic synthesis, catalyst technology, and other elemental expertise to pursue research into carbon materials such as carbon nanotubes (CNT), thermosetting plastics used in composite materials with carbon fibers, and fine polymers including fine polymer particles.

Thermosetting plastics for carbon fiber composite materials are being developed for the automotive and aircraft field, and fine polymer particles are being developed for a variety of applications including electronic and information materials, highly functional films, cosmetics, and composite materials. In these and other areas, the laboratory is developing new products for the chemical field, and offering chemical solutions which make pivotal contributions to Toray’s advanced materials.
The Chemicals Research Laboratories continue to look ahead, working to instill greater depth and expertise into a vast scope of essential technology from chemical through polymer products.

The laboratories likewise pilot the quest to mobilize strategic integrations of polymer science, synthetic chemistry, catalyst technology, and nanotechnology to supply a steady stream of new chemicals destined to shine as Toray advanced materials for the 21st century.

Carbon nanotube with the world’s highest purity

Transmission electron micrograph / Scanning electron micrograph / Application development for semiconductors and sensors etc.

Milestones in Toray R&D

1951 Established Synthetic Fiber Laboratory (later Specialty Chemicals Research Laboratory).
1959 Established Plastics Engineering Research Laboratory (later Plastics Research Laboratory).
1962 Commenced production of Caprolactam (Photo-Nitrosation of Cyclohexane method).
1975 Commenced production of PBT resin.
1997 Commenced production of SIVERAS™ liquid-crystal polyester resin.
1999 Established Chemicals Research Laboratories.
2001 Created NANOALLOY™.
2007 Developed shock absorbing plastic.
2009 Practically realized PBT improved flow grade.
2012 Commercialized CNT transparent conductive film (for e-paper).
2016 Developed nylon resin with high temperature durability.