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Press Release

Success in Facile Synthesis and Structure Elucidation of Janus Cubes

-Goal to Expand Shipment Value to 1 Trillion Yen by 2030-
May  27,2016
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

As part of a NEDO project, the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and Gunma University developed a simple method for the synthesis of "Janus cubes", a useful raw material with a unique structure used in the creation of high-performance silicon and silicone materials, and successfully analyzed their crystal structure.

By promoting this project, NEDO aims to expand the shipment of Japanese organosilicon components used in applications such as eco-tires to 1 trillion yen by 2030 while also contributing to strengthening Japan’s industrial competitiveness.

The results of this work have been published online in English in the journal of the German Chemical Society called "Angewandte Chemie International Edition" on May 27, 2016 (Japan time).

  • Fig. The molecular structure of Janus cube.
    Fig. The molecular structure of Janus cube.

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NEDO Environment Department
Contact Person: Sato
Tel: +81-44-520-5252­
E-mail: satohhdh@nedo.go.jp