概要
Our facilities are commonly used. Proposals for the collaborations in MNC are welcome. In addition, the instruments in the MNC are prepared for the temporal use of researchers from the inside and outside of Tohoku University. Colloquiums on sensors, micromachines, microsystems, LSIs, microoptics and the related subjects are held routinely. The seminar room is also open to the outside of MNC.
objectives
The MNC of Tohoku University was established as a VBL (Venture Business Laboratory) by a fund for creative research projects in the 1995 fiscal year supplementary budget of the Japanese government. The major theme of research and education is "Development of Sensors and Micromachines (Micro- and Nano-Machining)". Tohoku University promotes this plan with all-campus cooperative systems. The main objectives of the VBL are summarized in the following three major roles:
1) Promoting creative research and practical development to help create new business.
2) Bringing up creative researchers, scientists, and engineers who have advanced professional ability and venture spirit.
3) Providing graduate schools with facilities for education and research, including large special advanced technology equipment.
The "Micro-Machining Building" has a 600 clean room which is fully equipped for integrated circuit fabrication on 2-inch and 2-cm silicon wafers. The "Nano-Machining Building" is a 150 clean room and is mainly used for nano-machining-related research. We are push forward with new ideas from young researchers, especially graduate school students, and training students to have a wide variety of professional abilities through interdisciplinary cooperation of individual departments and graduate schools. Cooperative research projects that accept researchers from industries, universities and governments are promoted actively. International exchange through fellowships for foreign scientists and the dispatch of young scientists for research abroad are performed actively. The scientific and technological results obtained from the MNC are distributed worldwide.