Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics, The University of Tokyo


Project Leader
President of The University of Tokyo
Professor, Dr. Makoto GONOKAMI
Director of NanoQuine
IIS, The University of Tokyo
Professor, Dr. Yasuhiro ARAKAWA

The University of Tokyo established the Institute for Nano Quantum Information Electronics(NanoQuine)in October 2006 as a cross-departmental organization under the direct control of the university president. The objectives of NanoQuine are to realize technical innovation for future advanced electronics based on nanotechnology, nanoscience, and information technologies, as well as mentoring young researchers who will take a leadership role in the future. NanoQuine facilitates industrial and research collaboration with several leading domestic companies, domestic universities, and overseas universities in order to become an international "state-of-the-art" center of excellence in the field of nanoscale quantum information electronics.

NanoQuine is the core organization for executing a large scale national project, titled the "Center of Excellence for Nano Quantum Information Electronics", which is supported by the "Creation of Innovation Centers for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research Areas(CICAIRA)" program. 3 years after the project’s inception, as a result of an evaluation of our research progress, our project was selected as one of the continuing major research programs in Japan. Since then we have also passed a 7th year interim appraisal, and NanoQuine is continuing to pursue further technological advances and the nurturing of human resources through industrial and academic collaborations.

Five leading Japanese electronics companies ─ Sharp, Hitachi, NEC, Fujitsu and QD Laser Inc.--- are fully involved in the project, promoting the creation of innovation throug intensive collaboration. In order to establish strong university-company links, NanoQuine has opened on-campus joint laboratories with each of these companies, and has recently led the development of collaborative research projects between these labs. This in turn has led to an intensive research output. QD Laser Inc., for example, has revolutionized optical communications based on quantum dot technology, and has achieved the creation of innovation through the market expansion of QD lasers.

We are developing nanotechnology, such as quantum dots, for making next generation devices based on the convergence of quantum science and the cutting edge of information technology. Through this we are planning to establish quantum information technologies for the realization of highly-developed quantum cryptography and computation systems. Furthermore, we are carrying out research into quantum dot solar cells and energy devices. We hope that the innovation brought about by these technologies will inspire even further innovation towards the development of a safe/secure and green information society. In addition to pioneering innovations in technology, NanoQuine has a flexible management and organization structure, enabling the smooth operation of collaborative research, promoting international exchange as a worldwide institute with foreign researchers, and further facilitates the creation of intellectual property. NanoQuine’ s education and outreach include the establishment of interdisciplinary and interdepartmental training programs for graduate students and young researchers to educate a skilled and diverse workforce.

We wish your strong support and encouragement for the success of our projects.