In the fourth year of this project, collaborative research has been further advanced on the design and synthesis of novel functional materials ranging from layered superconductors and caged thermoelectric compounds to hydrogen-storage materials, as well as on the electronic states and relevant interactions in various materials with multinary freedoms.
In September 2004, our progress in the previous three and half years was evaluated by the assessment committee of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. They encouraged us by concluding that our innovative program has been successfully going on, and should be continued in order to develop a Center of Excellence in the field of materials science at Hiroshima University. According to this suggestion, we applied for the foundation of the Institute for Advanced Materials Research. Since Hiroshima University changed into a National University Corporation, Hiroshima University has mapped out a strategy to establish research centers of excellence, in which our COE project has been selected.
On November 16-19, 2005, we will organize the 3rd Hiroshima Workshop -Novel Functional Materials with Multinary Freedoms- to discuss new results obtained by this COE project as well as related subjects. Please visit the web site for further information; http://home.hiroshima-u.ac.jp/iscoe/3rd-HWS/
Before concluding my fourth year's remarks, I would like to manifest my great appreciation of the continuing contributions from a number of colleagues and friends.
Higashi-Hiroshima, February 2005