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


In April 1916, IMR was initiated at Tohoku Univ. as the 2nd Division of “the Provisional Institute of Physical and Chemical Research” and Professor Kotaro HONDA was invited as The first head of the 2nd Division. In May 1987, IMR was reorganized as a countrywide collaborative research institute to meet the current rapid progress in materials science. In 2018, IMR was certified as the International Joint Usage/Research Center for Materials Science.