Message from the Director

The history of the development of materials is that of progress of mankind itself. Whenever mankind has discovered new materials, such as stone implements, earthenware, ironware, metals, ceramics, or polymeric materials, our society has changed drastically, and along with changes in our society, new values have been created. It is not an overstatement that the ultimate goal of materials science is realization of the dreams of mankind.
The Advanced Institute for Materials Research (AIMR) was established in 2007, aiming to contribute to society through the creation of new and innovative materials by gathering researchers from around the world in the fields of materials science, physics, chemistry, and engineering - fields in which Tohoku University holds a leading position in the world in its research. Since its foundation, while AIMR has consistently pursued top-level research in individual research areas, it has also put much effort to create new materials science by interdisciplinary research. In order to accelerate fusion research across those different disciplines in a more substantial way and to achieve a new scientific and technological breakthrough, AIMR has decided to introduce mathematical viewpoints.
There are global trends that mathematician is involved directly in science and technology. As described above, the contribution of mathematics to materials sciences has been started at AIMR. This is the first attempt in the world to promote math-materials science collaboration at an institutional level. Consequently, our approach is just ahead of its time. We will lead global trends by initiating direct interaction between mathematics and materials science.

Motoko Kotani
Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University