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Pursuit of materials and technologies that realize human wisdom

People's life and materials
The tools that we are using in daily life are made of various materials. For example, they include ceramics, metals, plastics, fibers and wood. It is no exaggeration to say that development of people's life is development of tools and materials.
The first tool that men used was stone, a natural material. They began to make earthenware, which were easy to make and change, china and porcelain (ceramics) that did not leak and could be painted, and strong ironware, then found other various metals and applied them.
Modern material development controlled at molecular level
At the present day, materials are being used that are controlled and adjusted at molecular level to suit the purpose and functions of tools to be created, like various alloys or plastics.
Fine Ceramics are ceramics to which various characteristics that are lacking in conventional ceramics can be added in many industrial fields, based on the cutting edge theories of material development and advanced manufacturing technologies.

Diversification of material properties and fields of application of ceramics
Some distinct differences between fine ceramics and conventional ceramics are (1) Artificial materials are sintered, (2) Material particle size is one to several submicrons and uniform in shape, and (3) Fine ceramics can have various characteristics in manufacture processes by paying attention to specific functions. IC substrates used for computers are examples of typical fine ceramics products.
Next-generation ceramics friendly to people and the earth
Solving the earth's environmental problems is a mission of all mankind. For this reason, materials that do not affect the environment in various industrial fields and consume less energy are demanded.
Since the elements that constitute fine ceramics are close to natural materials and they are sintered, most of their elements do not dissolve in the environment. It is necessary to advance fundamental studies and manufacturing technologies by making use of safety characteristics of such materials and various additional characteristics.
Pursuit of further possibilities, practicality and safety
So far, various fine ceramics with excellent properties have been produced and commercialized. However, a full-fledged study of fine ceramics has just begun. It is required to perform more researches and experiments to realize further possibilities, reliability and practicality of fine ceramics as materials. Japan Fine Ceramics Center (JFCC) is making continuous efforts to make fine ceramics "super materials" for the 21st century.

Fine ceramics application areas Typical fine ceramics

Structural ceramics
Structural ceramics
Used for mechanical parts or tools and have excellent properties, such as strength, rigidity, shock-resistance and heat-insulation.
Functional ceramics
Functional ceramics
Used for electronic parts or medical materials and have chemically, optically, electrically or biologically excellent characteristics.

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