Mission statement / Purpose


Mission statement / Purpose

Mission statement

The Institute for Materials Research (IMR) contributes to human civilization and well-being through the creation and application of truly useful materials by research on metals, semiconductors, ceramics, organics, and many others, including its compounds, composites, and structures.


Fundamental and applied research on materials

Director’s Greeting



The Institute for Materials Research (IMR or “KINKEN”) was established in 1916 as the 2nd Division of the Provisional Institute of Physical and Chemical Research. IMR, which celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2016, is one of the oldest national university research institutes in Japan. After its founding, IMR first focused on steel but broadened its research field to a variety of metallic and non-metallic materials and has developed into a world-leading research institute in the field of materials science.
One of our important missions is a promotion of collaborative research both domestically and internationally. In 1987, the institute became a Tohoku University-affiliated national collaborative research institute and changed its name to the present one, IMR. For many years, we have been contributing to the materials research community via our joint usage/research programs. We can offer some of the best large research facilities in the world and a wide variety of equipment for materials synthesis, evaluation, and analysis, thereby enabling researchers from Japan and abroad to engage in a variety of collaborative projects. IMR was designated as a Joint Usage/Research Center in Materials Science in 2009 and, subsequently, an International Joint Usage/Research Center in Materials Science in 2018, known as Global Institute for Materials Research Tohoku (GIMRT). We will further heighten our efforts to enhance such domestic and international collaborations by providing our research facilities and talents.
We ask for your support and encouragement in the years to come.