Go to Content

Development of Core and Applied Technologies for the Manufacturing Processes of Next-Generation Advanced Ceramics

Project overview

Project period: FY2022 to FY2026, budget: 910 million yen (FY2023)

Japanese fine ceramics components, including fine ceramic electronic components that support the stable operation of digital devices, account for approximately 40% of the global market. As international competition intensifies, downsizing, enhanced performance, improved reliability, and CO2 reduction processes of fine ceramic electronic components have been demanded. Therefore, it is needed to keep higher industrial competitiveness and global market share more than ever before.
In this project, NEDO will aim to revolutionize the process development of fine ceramics manufacturing, which has traditionally based on "experience and intuition" and will develop a new process and platform in improving efficiency to shorten the process. In addition, NEDO supports the practical application of  process development platforms so that it can be applied to  the product development.

  • This figure illustrates an output image in which the computational analysis for the process of manufacturing fine ceramics. Core process technologies are integrated and linked with computational science to significantly shorten the process development period. Process data accumulation and AI-based inverse problem analysis is expected to shorten the process development infrastructure of companies.
    Data-driven process design

Research and Development

Development of an Innovative New Process

Core process technologies for data-driven process simulators will be developed, and feedback from real data, and more its accuracy will be improved.

  • Development of visualization, analysis, and simulation technology for the manufacturing process of fine ceramics.
  • Development of process Informatics (we called as PI) technology that can be analyzed by  computational science for the ceramic manufacturing process from raw material powder to sintering.
  • Development of innovative manufacturing process technology such as nano-order raw material production, and low temperature sintering, even if room temperature.
  • Innovative process will be developed by solving inverse problem with computational science

Application Development of Innovative Process Development Platform

NEDO supports to develop PI for new manufacturing processes, which is challenging to achieve for each company.

  • This figure shows the result of a simulation in which the sintering behavior of ceramics was analyzed in three-dimensional analysis by computational science. The utilization of simulation and the accumulation of data are expected to shorten the development period.
    Analysis of sintering behavior of composite materials using computational science
  • BaZrO3 bulk (100℃), sheet, thin film, etc. This figure shows a ceramic sheet composed of barium zirconate sintered at 100℃. Sintering at lower temperatures than conventional method  leads to a reduction of CO2 emissions.
    Fine ceramics sintered
    at low temperatures

Project Manager

In this project, NEDO will establish PI technology for fine ceramics by integrating manufacturing process technology and computational science for a series of fine ceramics processes, which is difficult to achieve for a single company. At the same time, NEDO supports  companies  utilization of PI technology to apply them to a wide range of product development. As the result with these efforts, NEDO aims to increase the value of shipments of fine ceramics components by approximately 1 trillion yen in 2030 (compared to 2019) and keep and strengthen the competitiveness of the Japanese fine ceramics industry.

Basic information

Technical field
  • Materials and components
Project code P22005
Department in charge
  • Materials Technology and Nanotechnology Department (TEL: +81-44-520-5220)

Last Updated : February 13, 2024