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Tanaka Precious Metals Announces Recipients of "Precious Metals Research Grants".

Associate Professor Yu-Ching Lin in the field of bonding technology at Tohoku University, and Assistant Professor Tsuyoshi Minami in the field of organic electronics at Yamagata University

TOKYO, Mar 31, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Akira Tanae) today announced the recipients of the Tanaka Precious Metals' 2014 "Precious Metals Research Grants." After a strict examination of the results, Associate Professor Yu-Ching Lin of Tohoku University and Assistant Professor Tsuyoshi Minami of Yamagata University were selected to receive the 2 million yen "Gold Award." In addition, six others received "Silver Awards."

Tanaka Precious Metals develops and provides a stable supply of a variety of precious metal materials based on the corporate philosophy of "realizing a prosperous society and a beautiful future for our world through precious metals," and is working to contribute to the advancement and stability of industry and the economy in addition to the realization of a prosperous and affluent living environment. This grant program has been implemented every year since 1999 to support the various challenges faced in the "new world opened up by precious metals" as part of these business activities. In the 16th year of the program, there were 136 applications to a call for research in all fields related to research and development aimed at the practical application of new technologies and products to which precious metals can make a contribution. A total of 14 million yen in research grants was awarded for 43 of these research projects.

The names of the two recipients of the Gold Award, their research topics and the reasons for the award are shown below.

- Yu-Ching Lin, Associate Professor, Tohoku University

Low- and Room-Temperature Bonding Technology Using Gold Nano-Structures for Integration of Micro and Nano Devices

This study applies to low temperature bonding techniques for nano-porous gold obtained by dissolving the tin in gold-tin alloy plating film. Along with being able to easily form a pattern using photolithography, high flattening of the bonding surface is not required due to the sponge effect of nano-porous gold, and so there are great practical expectations with application surfaces. Therefore, this study has been highly evaluated as it can lead to new bonding technology with excellent bonding force at a low price.

- Tsuyoshi Minami, Assistant Professor, Yamagata University

Development of Organic Transistor-Type Biosensors Using Gold Gate Electrodes

The printed electronics market is expected to expand in the future, and focusing on organic field effect transistors as flexible sensors, chemical sensors and biosensors using gold gate electrodes for these sensing portions are being developed. This study has been highly evaluated for its growth from foundational technologies into applied and commercialization-conscious development, and contribution to TANAKA's corporate philosophy of "realizing a prosperous society through precious metals".

In addition, 6 Silver Awards and 35 MMS Awards were given, as shown along with the overview of the research grants shown below. Applications for the 2015 research grants are scheduled to open in autumn.

List of Recipients of the 2014 Precious Metals Research Grants

- Platinum Award (0 award)

None granted

- Gold Award (2 awards, 2 million yen each)

Yu-Ching Lin, Associate Professor, Tohoku University

Low- and Room-Temperature Bonding Technology Using Gold Nano-Structures for Integration of Micro and Nano Devices

Tsuyoshi Minami, Assistant Professor, Yamagata University

Development of Organic Transistor-Type Biosensors Using Gold Gate Electrodes

- Silver Awards (6 awards, 500,000 yen each)

Tsuyoshi Sekitani, Professor, Osaka University

Manufacture of Flexible Electrodes Utilizing Precious Metal Nanowire-Elastomer Composite Materials and Development of Freely Stretching Thin Film Biometric Sensors

Shin-ichi Ohkoshi, Professor, The University of Tokyo

Development of High-Performance Optical Switching Systems and Magneto-Optical Memory Devices Using Rhodium-Iron Alloy

Yamato Hayashi, Associate Professor, Tohoku University

One-Step Synthesis of Precious Metal Nanowire Films for Transparent Conductive Film by Organic Precursor Pain Reduction Methods and its Applications

Hiroshi Naganuma, Assistant Professor, Tohoku University

Research and Development Relating to FePt Epitaxial Ultra-Thin Film Using Sputtering FePt Melting Targets

Tsukasa Torimoto, Professor, Nagoya University

Precise Synthesis of Precious Metal Core-Oxide Semiconductor Shell Nanoparticles and its Applications Toward Electrode Catalysts

Mitsuhiro Ebara, Senior Researcher, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

Development of New Materials for "Treatment of Persistent Cancers" Preventing Recurrent and Metastatic Cancer

- MMS Awards (35 awards, 200,000 yen each)

Nagato Natsume, Professor, Aichi Gakuin University

Song-Zhu Chu, Associate Professor, Iwate University

Takafumi Sato, Associate Professor, Utsunomiya University

Hiromichi Takebe, Professor, Ehime University

Hitoshi Kuniyasu, Associate Professor, Osaka University

Satoshi Seino, Associate Professor, Osaka University

Takashi Fukuda, Associate Professor, Osaka University

Yasuyuki Tsuboi, Professor, Osaka City University

Tatsuro Endo, Associate Professor, Osaka Prefecture University

Masaru Mitsushio, Assistant Professor, Kagoshima University

Yoshiko Miura, Professor, Kyushu University

Taizoh Sadoh, Associate Professor, Kyushu University

Shinya Ikeno, Associate Professor, Kyushu Institute of Technology

Ken'ichi Yokoyama, Associate Professor, Kyushu Institute of Technology

Hisao Yoshida, Professor, Kyoto University

Ken-ichi Fujita, Associate Professor, Kyoto University

Shigeru Watanabe, Professor, Kochi University

Eri Takano, Researcher, Kobe University

Yoshitaro Miyashita, Professor, Kobe City College of Technology

Kazuo Onuma, Chief Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Mitsue Takahashi, Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Masaki Misawa, Senior Researcher, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

Tatsuya Tsukuda, Professor, The University of Tokyo

Takeo Ohsaka, Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Daisuke Yamane, Assistant Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Hideo Kameyama, Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Takashi Nakajima, Lecturer, Tokyo University of Science

An-Pang Tsai, Professor, Tohoku University

Takeshi Seki, Assistant Professor, Tohoku University

Yasuhiro Shimizu, Professor, Nagasaki University

Yohsuke Ooyama, Associate Professor, Hiroshima University

Noriyoshi Matsumi, Professor, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Hideyuki Mitomo, Assistant Professor, Hokkaido University

Yasuharu Kanda, Assistant Professor, Muroran Institute of Technology

Satoshi Arai, Senior Researcher Fellow, Waseda University

Overview of the 2014 Precious Metals Research Grants

Subject:

Research and development aimed at the practical application of new technologies and products to which precious metals can make a contribution

- Precious metals must play an important role in commercialization and/or practical application of the research.

- Development related to precious metals must provide a breakthrough in the progress of the commercialization and/or practical application.

Grant amounts:

- Platinum Award: 5 million yen (1 award)

- Gold Award: 2 million yen (1 award)

- Silver Awards: 500,000 yen (several awards)

* The grant amount is treated as a scholarship donation.

* Each award is given to research deemed to make a particularly large contribution to practical implementation, and awards may not be granted in some cases.

Eligible candidates:

Personnel who belong to educational research institutions or public research institutes in Japan

- Applicants belonging to research institutions in Japan are eligible regardless of whether they are based in Japan or overseas.

Application period:

September 1, 2014 (Mon) - 5pm, November 28, 2014 (Fri)

Conditions:

- When applying with joint research, the representative should apply.

- Students must obtain approval from the person responsible for their laboratory in order to submit an application.

- Clearly state if any joint research is being performed with other precious metal manufactures (including planned).

- Applicants may be required to exchange information with Tanaka Precious Metals about product development, technology development, and guidance through the research.

- Excludes research that has already been commercialized or for which there are such plans.

- Excludes fundamental research such as analysis, evaluation and production technology.

Inquiries concerning the research grant program:

Precious Metals Research Grants Office

Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. Marketing Department, Grants Office

22F Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6422

TEL: 03-6311-5596 FAX: 03-6311-5529 E-mail: joseikin@ml.tanaka.co.jp

Official website: http://pro.tanaka.co.jp/tanaka/grant/

Press release: http://www.acnnewswire.com/clientreports/598/0331_EN.pdf

Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. (Holding company of Tanaka Precious Metals)

Headquarters: 22F, Tokyo Building, 2-7-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Representative: Akira Tanae, President & CEO

Founded: 1885

Incorporated: 1918

Capital: 500 million yen

Employees in consolidated group: 3,562 (FY2013)

Net sales of consolidated group: 967.6 billion yen (FY2013)

Main businesses of the group: Manufacture, sales, import and export of precious metals (platinum, gold, silver, and others) and various types of industrial precious metals products. Recycling and refining of precious metals.

Website: http://www.tanaka.co.jp/english (Tanaka Precious Metals), http://pro.tanaka.co.jp/en (Industrial products)

About the Tanaka Precious Metals

Established in 1885, the Tanaka Precious Metals has built a diversified range of business activities focused on the use of precious metals. On April 1, 2010, the group was reorganized with Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. as the holding company (parent company) of the Tanaka Precious Metals. In addition to strengthening corporate governance, the company aims to improve overall service to customers by ensuring efficient management and dynamic execution of operations. Tanaka Precious Metals is committed, as a specialist corporate entity, to providing a diverse range of products through cooperation among group companies.

Tanaka Precious Metals is in the top class in Japan in terms of the volume of precious metal handled, and for many years the group has developed and stably supplied industrial precious metals, in addition to providing accessories and savings commodities utilizing precious metals. As precious metal professionals, the Group will continue to contribute to enriching people's lives in the future.

The eight core companies in the Tanaka Precious Metals are as follows.

- Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd. (pure holding company)

- Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo K.K.

- Tanaka Kikinzoku Hanbai K.K.

- Tanaka Kikinzoku International K.K.

- Tanaka Denshi Kogyo K.K.

- Electroplating Engineers of Japan, Limited

- Tanaka Kikinzoku Jewelry K.K.

- Tanaka Kikinzoku Business Service K.K.

Press inquiries

Global Sales Dept., Tanaka Kikinzoku International K.K. (TKI)

https://www.tanaka.co.jp/support/req/ks_contact_e/index.html

Source: Tanaka Holdings Co., Ltd.

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