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Advanced Materials Development Laboratory

Surface analyzer

Evaluation of a prototype PLED device

As a base for advanced materials development for the purpose of creating new businesses, the Advanced Materials Development Laboratory conducts research and development of new, highly functional materials in a wide range of fields, such as the fields of ICT, environment, and energy. Specifically, the laboratory is developing polymer organic light emitting diodes (PLEDs) used for next-generation displays and lighting, polymer photovoltaic cells in the area of clean energy, and printed electronics materials that are expected to find uses in the ICT fields. The laboratory also conducts extensive research on new materials by utilizing open innovation and our company’s global network, and develops designs for materials as well as synthesis and processing technologies through structural analysis and computational science, while considering business models and conducting premarketing research in cooperation with business divisions.

Major Research Areas

Advanced organic materials, functional inorganic materials and functional polymer materials

High crystallinity nanoparticles

The laboratory promotes research on materials and technologies that will lead to creation of new businesses, by using advanced synthesis and processing technologies that Sumitomo Chemical has accumulated through research and development of polymer materials such as dyes, pharmaceuticals, crop protection chemicals, synthetic resins and rubbers, as well as metallic and ceramic materials.

Research in basic technologies

Computer simulation

Technologies for analyzing structure and physical properties, and computer simulation play an important role in development of functional materials. Research is being conducted on these basic technologies that support the development of materials for the entire company.

Development of PLED technology

Luminescent materials of PLEDs

Taking advantage of our conductive polymers technology accumulated over many years, we are working on the development of PLED technology, a next-generation display technology that is expected to succeed liquid crystal and plasma display technology in thin panel televisions, and also has applications in interior lighting.

Development of polymer photovoltaic cells

Polymer photovoltaic cells

The laboratory is working on developing materials for polymer photovoltaic cells and organic transistors in the area of printed electronics, by utilizing the polymer material design and synthesis technologies that we have cultivated through the development of PLED materials and devices.

Development of energy-related materials

Structure of lithium-ion secondary battery

The laboratory has been conducting development of energy-related materials such as a unique cathode material for lithium-ion batteries, which is expected to see practical applications in automobiles.