Research Environment and Facilities

Advanced Science Research Center Okayama University

The Center is comprised of four departments: Radiation Research, Animal Resources, Genomics & Proteomics, and Instrumental Analysis & Cryogenics carrying out integrated operations and management and multifaceted education research support services based on a long-term perspective that moves beyond areas of research. In particular, radioisotope experiments, animal experiments, and recombinant DNA experiments required in the research of advanced science fields demand a high degree of compliance.
The Center has implemented a management system to appropriately handle such matters to ensure strict compliance.

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

The Department of Instrumental Analysis & Cryogenics consists of the Division of Instrumental Analysis to maintain and control with high availability large analytical measurement equipment and the Division of Cryogenics to produce and supply liquid nitrogen and liquid helium.

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).

Cyclotron: Hydrogen atoms are ionized and accelerated in a magnetic field to irradiate a target. The PET nuclides (C-11, N-13, O-15, F-18, Cu-64, and Zr-89) are generated through nuclide transmutation reactions with protons or dueterons.

Outside the Okayama University – Large Scale Facility

Novel Research by K-computer

Simulating Dissociation of Methane Hydrate

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

Unveiling the Structure of Photo-Synthesis Protein

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

Discovery of a Ferroelectrics of Novel Type

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)