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Research Topic Highlights (Advanced Research)

Chubu University, home to a number of internationally-renowned researchers, is spearheading cutting-edge research and leading the future of humanity.

1. The challenge of realizing molecularly-targeted breakthrough drugs
- Innovative synthesis of peptides

The Molecular Catalyst Research Center (Director: Dr. Hisashi Yamamoto) is developing a low-cost method for synthesizing peptides of protein fragments at less than 1/1000th the cost of conventional methods. Peptides have a size that is larger than the small molecules used in oral medicines and smaller than the large molecules used in antibody drugs administered by injection. In using peptides, it is hoped that medicines can be pioneered that can be taken orally, that can focus specifically on diseased cells, that are highly therapeutic, and that are free of side eects. Until now, however, peptides have been impractical for use in pharmaceuticals due to the extremely high cost of synthesis. If peptides can be mass-produced at low cost, they could contribute to improving our healthy life expectancy.

Dr. Yamamoto
Director of the Peptide
Research Center
Hisashi Yamamoto

2. The challenge of achieving energy efficiency and a clean environment
- Superconducting DC transmission and muon-catalyzed fusion

Global economic development is leading to increased power consumption, depletion of fossil fuel resources and air pollution. Using high-temperature superconducting cables with zero electrical resistance, the Center of Applied Superconductivity and Sustainable Energy Research (Director: Dr. Satarou Yamaguchi) is developing direct current transmission technology that will reduce power loss (from the power station to the point of consumption) to less than one-tenth of the current level. Zero electrical resistance eliminates the need for high-voltage transmission, significantly reducing the number of substations needed, and thus lowering the cost of the power grid. The project has attracted attention from foreign countries looking to resolve energy issues, and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for joint development with Russia's national power transmission company has already been signed.

The Muon Science and Engineering Research Center (Dr. Motoyasu Sato) has created a third method of nuclear fusion by applying the mechanism of the ramjet engine, a supersonic Flying object, to muon subatomic particles, which have about 200 times the mass of electrons. Using this method, nuclear fusion can be generated at 1/100th the scale and cost of magnetic field and laser methods. Additionally, the half-life of radioactive waste, which is one million years when generated using conventional methods, is expected to be reduced to ten years.

Dr. Yamaguchi
Director of the Center of
Applied Superconductivity and
Sustainable Energy Research
Satarou Yamaguchi

Dr. Sato
Engineering Science Laboratory
College of Engineering
Motoyasu Sato
Designated Professor

3. Challenging the speed of disaster prediction and information processing
- The fundamental science of digital earth quantum computing for problem complexes

THe "International Digital Earth Applied Science Research Center" (Director: Dr. Hiromichi Fukui) is developing technologies using satellites, aircraft and drones for spatial information collection, processing and prediction. Currently, the Center is conducting research under the Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP) of the Cabinet Oce. This research simulates flood inundation at high speed based on earth observation data collected from satellites, and it also provides damage prediction information to disaster response agencies.

A group led by Designated Professor Masanao Ozawa is conducting theoretical research that will lead to the development of a quantum computer with a processing speed that is an order of magnitude faster than what is possible today. In 2003, Professor Ozawa proposed "Ozawa's Measurement-Disturbance Relation," which is a revision of Heisenberg’s uncertainty relation, a fundamental law of quantum mechanics. His theory was experimentally confirmed in 2012. The group is now conducting further theoretical research toward the practical application of quantum cryptography, which prevents the interception of information.

Dr. Fukui
Director of the International
Digital Earth Applied Science
Research Center
Hiromichi Fukui

Dr. Ozawa
College of Engineering
Masanao Ozawa
Designated Professor

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