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We are working to develop products that can contribute to society by turning heat and light into chemistry in the fields of energy efficiency and the environment

Nippon Kayaku is working to develop and supply products that can contribute to society and are people-friendly by turning heat and light into chemistry in the fields of energy efficiency and the environment by capitalizing on our core resins, color materials, catalysts and processing technologies.

Freelux™, a specialty long wavelength refractive film is expected to be used in lens applications to selectively cut ultraviolet, blue light, near-infrared, and other types of light that could potentially be harmful to the eyes. It is also likely that Freelux™ will be used in automotive and construction material applications as a heat shield.

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Polymeric micelle anti-cancer drug

Polymeric micelle anti-cancer drugs have greater efficacy than other drugs, and progress is being made with their development for use in a novel nanomedicine drug-delivery system (DDS) in which anti-cancer drugs, which tend to have adverse effects, are selectively concentrated in cancer tissues, in order to achieve sufficient anti-cancer efficacy at the same time as reduced adverse effects.
Nippon Kayaku has started conducting clinical experiments on this polymeric micelle anti-cancer drug with an aim to bring a new beam of hope to cancer therapy as soon as possible.

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Initiatives of the Clean Eco Technology Project

Given the stricter environmental regulations and demands from society in recent years, this project was launched on October 12, 2012 with the goal of improving the Nippon Kayaku Group's wastewater treatment technologies and developing engineers, in order to operate safe and secure chemical plants that are also environmentally friendly and address future concerns before they happen.

This project was named the Clean Eco Technology (CET) Project with the hope of fulfilling the expectations of new business development and the realization of future dreams. Persons in charge from each business site have been selected to assist in implementing the project.

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Researching the Needs of Tomorrow: R&D for Organic Semiconductor Materials

Electronics have drastically improved living standards since the 20th century. Today, electronics occupy an indispensable presence in many of the products we use every day, including computers, smartphones and medical equipment. One of the core components of these electronics are inorganic semiconductors.

Nippon Kayaku is researching and developing organic semiconductors as an alternative to inorganic semiconductors. Organic semiconductors can be used in a host of different products (products that bring our live new and greater convenience) because they make it possible to make electronics softer. In addition, organic semiconductors can be printed, making the semiconductor manufacturing process more environmentally friendly and use less energy. Organic semiconductor materials are garnering much attention from academia and industry alike as a material that represents the key to the future of electronics.

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Para Safe emergency safety parachute device for drones (application for trademark registration already submitted)

People are pursuing the effective use of drones (unmanned aircraft) in delivery, measurement, inspection, disaster rescue, and other areas worldwide. Nippon Kayaku is developing a parachute safety device for drones that applies the pyrotechnic device technology that we have accumulated from airbag inflators, gas generating devices used for seatbelts, and other automotive safety components. This device brings a drone down safely by detecting a falling drone, remotely initiating the pyrotechnic device, and launching the parachute rapidly. This will protect the body of drone, the cargo, and human lives, and will broaden the areas where drones are actively used even more. Nippon Kayaku will provide drones manufacturers with sample work and solicit their opinions to improve the reliability of the safety device. We expect to begin offering the device as a product from 2021.

Globalization of research activities

Following the policy of Nippon Kayaku's global management, the Research and Development Group is in the process of building a global R&D structure inclusive of overseas Group companies. While promoting greater interaction among researchers working for overseas subsidiaries, the Research and Development Group is carrying out the following activities from the perspective of CSR.

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