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About ISSP

The Institute for Solid State Physics (ISSP) was established in 1957 as a national joint research institute at the University of Tokyo to promote condensed matter physics and materials science research in Japan. In 2010, ISSP was granted a license to operate as a joint research center and act as a center of excellence in condensed matter physics and materials science. Since its inception,research, education, and joint research are the core axes of our activities.

Our goal

To lead the cutting-edge research in the studies of the physical properties of materials.


  1. To develop medium- and large-scale state-of-the-art research equipment for opening or advancing new research fields.
  2. As a Joint Research center, develop new fields of academic research based on ideas colleceted from a broad research community.
  3. Promote prominent young scholars and personnel exchange.
  4. As an international research hub, develop networks in condensed matter physics and materials science.
  5. Contribute to the society by cooperating with industry and giving feedback on basic science issues.


ISSP is comprehensively advancing basic condensed matter physics and materials science by collaborating on fundamental and important aspects of experimental and theoretical research. Our experimental work includes topics such as the synthesis of new materials, creation of new nanostructures, and the development of unique measurement methods, while theoretical studies pursue the development of new concepts, models, and calculation methods.


About 300 scientific papers are published by ISSP researchers every year.


Research News


We are committed to graduate school education in condensed matter physics and materials science by utilizing our unique and specialized research facilities. Depending on the research field, the faculty members belong to either the Graduate School of Science with a major in Physics, Chemistry, or Engineering; the Department of Physics with a major in Engineering; or the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences with a major in Physics, Complexity Science, or Engineering. We are also fostering young researchers in interdisciplinary fields of study beyond conventional educational frameworks. Guidance for prospective students is organized every year. For students enrolled in the first semester of the College of Liberal Arts,Kashiwa Campus Science Camp is held as an introductory study program.


Graduate School Guidance

We accept prospective research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and researchers, assist them in building an excellent research environment and careers at educational research organizations in Japan and abroad.

Joint Research

ISSP is a joint research institute for scientists in condensed matter physics in Japan, bringing together many visiting researchers who wish to use our facilities. The ISSP joint-research program is operated by two committees consisting of ISSP faculty and external board members.

Application for
Joint Research Program

List of Agenda for
Joint Research program

ISSP regular workshops, ISSP workshops, seminars, colloquiums are held for presentation and open discussion.

About Joint Research Program

Collaborative Research between Industry and ISSP

Our joint research activities with industry partners cover a broad range of companies specializing in battery materials, catalysts, cosmetics, and food. We utilize our know-how on designing new materials, synthesis and evaluation, and developing new principles.

Institutional Data

The Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo
Kashiwanoha 5-1-5, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8581, Japan

Budget(FY 2019)

(A) Regular Budget (Personnel) from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
(B) Regular Budget (Non-Personnel) from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
(C) Other Subsidies from the Government
(D) Grant-in-Aid from Private Corporations
(E) Grant-in-Aid from Governmental Agencies and Private Corporations
(F) Grant-in-Aid from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Budget in recent years (Unit: Thousand Yen)
  (A) (B) (C) (D) (E) (F) Total
FY 2019 1,450,850 1,504,617 22,773 70,785 1,180,625 533,740 4,763,390
FY 2018 1,541,577 1,733,833 22,620 46,268 503,425 521,490 4,369,213
FY 2017 1,124,758 1,663,282 20,030 18,808 714,259 424,530 3,965,667
FY 2016 1,315,153 1,669,627 99,138 32,134 668,752 535,153 4,319,957
FY 2015 1,657,078 1,680,722 466,267 17,829 500,211 464,165 4,786,272
Staff members
As of April 1, 2020
Professors 22 Project Professors 1
Associate Professors 16 Project Associate Professors 1
Research Associates 39 Project Research Associates 7
Project Researchers 48 Technical Associates 57
Administrative Associates 60    
Total 251