Advanced Materials Research Laboratories

The Advanced Materials Research Laboratories has roots in the Central Research Laboratories to create innovative products and were established in June 2010 to strengthen basic research capabilities and continuously create innovative advanced materials.They were partly reorganized in February 2014.

Our Advanced Materials Research Laboratories belong to our Basic Research Center, the basic research department of Toray’s Research & Development Division. In order to advance basic research in the materials field based on a uniform company-wide strategy, we have established two research laboratories -- "Clean Energy Materials" and "Medical Devices and Materials", and also "Digital Materials Science Group", which promotes digital transformation in materials innovation. In addition, we strive to integrate and develop technologies in close collaboration with Toray R&D facilities both inside and outside Japan, and are focusing in particular on creating state-of-the-art materials by working as a team with Toray Advanced Materials Research Laboratories (China) Co., Ltd. (TARC).
While working to strengthen basic research capabilities for Toray’s core technology of polymer chemistry, we are conducting basic research on next-generation advanced materials and systems to lead paradigm shifts in society in areas regarded as important by our company, such as Green Innovation and Life Innovation. At the same time, we are promoting basic materials research to create innovative core materials. More specifically, we are working to create innovative advanced materials and systems such as innovative battery materials and other new energy materials, and advanced medical materials and systems. Furthermore, we are promoting solutions based on Toray products and technologies for problems such as protecting the global environment, resource/energy issues, and the declining birthrate and aging population, which are key constraints on economic growth. We will continue to promote basic research in areas such as control of the higher-order structure of polymers, nano-carbon materials, and innovation in materials science with computer simulation and informatics technologies based on computational/information science, which will form the foundation for creating Toray’s advanced materials going forward. In addition, to promote these efforts, we are strengthening our open innovation structure, building global cooperation that straddles the boundaries of industry, government, and academia and includes overseas partners.

Advanced Materials Research Laboratories Function concepts and targets

Milestones in Toray R&D

1956 Established Central Research Laboratories.
2010 Began Advanced Materials Research Laboratories with global system organically integrating basic research functions of three bases in Japan and two bases overseas.
2011 Started sales of TORAYLIGHT™ NV, a polysulphone membrane artificial kidney with dramatically improved ability to inhibit platelet adhesion.
2012 Established basis for functional membrane design based on free-energy calculation and solution-diffusion (collaboration with the K Computer Strategic Program).
2013 Attained world-class conversion efficiency (over 10%) with polymer organic thin-film photovoltaics.
2015 Developed surface modification technology for completely suppressing protein adhesion in blood. Created a hydrocarbon-based electrolyte membrane and electrode substrate technology for hydrogen fuel cells.
2016 Achieved dramatically higher capacity of lithium ion batteries (maximum of 20%) by developing an innovative graphene conductive additive.
2017 Developed an organic photovoltaic device panel for indoor sensors, exhibiting a maximum of about twice the power generation of conventional devices in low-light environments.