- Experiment facilities
for common use
- Molecular Atomic
- Novel Research using
Advanced Science Research Center Okayama University
Department of Radiation Research
The Department of Radiation Research was established to support research and education in the uses of radiation and radioisotopes (RI), and Laboratories are located on the Tsushima Campus and Shikata Campus.
Department of Animal Resources
The Department of Animal Resources was established to support research and education focusing on experimental animal use, and is comprised of Shikata Laboratory, Tsushima South Laboratory, and Tsushima North Laboratory on the Shikata and Tsushima campuses.
Department of Genomics & Proteomics
The Department of Genomics & Proteomics has a recombinant DNA experimentation room and controlled area where radioisotopes can be used. It promotes the support of education and research in advanced science mainly through the following activities.
Department of Instrumental Analysis & Cryogenics
Okayama Medical Innovation Center (OMIC)
Okayama Medical Innovation Center (OMIC), which has fully equipped molecular imaging research facilities, was established at Okayama University (Medical Campus) as a collaborative research center for industry-academia-government teams in 2009 by the Japanese Science and Technology Agency (JST) with the aim of revitalizing regional industries and started operating since April, 2011. In addition, the MEXT Project for Creation of Research Platforms and Sharing of Advanced Research Infrastructure promotes the joint usage (of OMIC) of advanced research facilities and equipment possessed by universities and independent research institutes for industry, academia, and government organizations (since 2013). The project could contribute to achieving vital issues through technological innovation. The center also assists educational programs on molecular imaging researches at the Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmaceutical Sciences, in corporation with Riken (Kobe).
Outside the Okayama University – Large Scale Facility
Novel Research by K-computer
The dissociation of methane hydrate in liquid water has been investigated. The bubble formation is a key step in the dissociation kinetics of methane hydrate. A large system size taking advantage of K-computer makes it possible to analyze the effects of the change in the methane concentration and the formation of bubbles on the detailed dissociation kinetics.J. Phys. Chem. B, vol.118 (7), pp.1900–1906 (2014)
Novel Research by SACLA
The figure shows atomic structure of dimeric photosystem II at 1.9Å resolution. The area encircled by dotted lines indicate location of the Mn4CaO5-cluster, the catalytic center for water oxidation. SACLA generates the X-ray diffraction image of the protein, which is afterword analyzed to visualize its real space image.Science, vol. 348 no. 6238, pp. 989-995 (29 May 2015)
Novel Research by SPring-8
A resonant X-ray scattering experiment at SPring-8 revealed the existence of polar charge ordering in a rare-earth ferrite “RFe2O4”. The alignment of electrons in this material forms an electric polarization even above the room temperature. This result was the first evidence that the electronic polarization originates from not only ionic displacement but also the electronic correlation.Nature, vol. 436, pp.1136-1138 (25 August 2005)