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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, Human Capability Development, and Joint Usage are the core axes of our activities.

Our goal

To lead the cutting-edge research in the fields of condensed matter physics and materials science


  1. To develop medium- and large-scale state-of-the-art research equipment for opening or advancing new research fields.
  2. As a Joint Usage / 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 400 scientific papers are published by ISSP researchers every year.


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Human Capability Development

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 Applied Physics, or the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences with a major in Advanced Materials Science, Complexity Science. 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 Usage

In 2010, ISSP was granted a license tooperate as a joint usage / research center and act as acenter of excellence in condensed matter physics and materials science. The ISSP joint usage 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.