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The role of precious metals in hydrogen energy

Hydrogen energy has been attracting attention as a new age energy, and catalysts are of great importance when utilizing this hydrogen energy. Catalysts are required for the chemical reactions that create hydrogen, and also for the reactions that convert hydrogen into electricity. Precious metals increase the activity of these chemical reactions. At TANAKA, we are engaged in the development of precious metal catalysts that are energy efficient, durable, and economic.

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Andrew Farry Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo
Business Strategy Division
Deputy General Manager

Precious Metal Precursor

Semiconductors require precursors made from precious materials. Over a history spanning longer than 130 years, Tanaka Precious Metals has built up a rich network of precious metal suppliers. Therefore, it can also stably supply precious metal precursors.

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Shu Ikeda,Ph.D. tei SOLUTIONS CEO,
IEEE Fellow

Ryosuke Harada,Ph.D. Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo
Chemical Materials Development
Section Manager

SEMICON West 2017 Report "The key to Miniaturization"

SEMICON West is North America’s biggest international exhibition of semiconductors, MEMS, and other related industries. This year, "the micro-fabrication of semiconductors" became an important topic. We will pursue the potentials of the Ruthenium precursors, which is a necessary material for miniaturization of semiconductor devices.

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Matt Watson Director : Business Development
Tanaka America Inc

Peter Beckman Director : Northwestern-Argonne
Institute of Science and Engineering

Lita Shon-roy Presidnt & CEO : Techcet

Veronique Pequignat Director : International Actions & Key Technologies
Grenoble-Isere Aepi

Direct Patternable Plating Technology that Opens the Potential of New-Generation Electronics

This technology does not require a vacuum environment or photo-resist, and can directly form low-resistance fine wires on a variety of materials using a low-temperature process that can be performed at or below 100°C. As a result of the characteristics and benefits of this technology, it is expected to open new areas of next generation electronics processes that could not be achieved with existing metal wire forming technologies.

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Masahiro Ito Electroplating Engineers of Japan Ltd.
Senior Technologist R&D Department

Automobiles rely on precious metal materials

The TANAKA PRECIOUS METALS development of automotive materials is diverse, and numerous materials are used. A variety of the Group's products are used in injectors, sensors and meters for automobiles. Furthermore, due to their high electrical conductivity, precious metal materials are also used in electric contacts of equipment carrying an electrical current at the flick of a switch, such as power windows and central door locking system.



Precious Metals for Medical Device Components

Real needs from patient are most importantly to develop the new medical devices.The key to develop the new medical devices is combination of technologies.We think that the PGM alloy application for medical device components are increasing.Now, we are developing the new alloy and new process to apply to new medical device.

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M.D.,Ph.D.(Dr.Eng.) Terumitsu Hasebe Professor & Chairman
Depertment of Radiology
Tokai University

Chihiro Nakanishi GM of Bio Chemical Development Dept.
Dept.Mgr, of Medical Component Dept.
Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo

Bonding Technology of AuRoFUSE™ and Its Future Development

By using AuRoFUSE™, heat dissipation and thermal expansion issues are resolved, enabling miniaturization and lower costs compared to existing products. Adoption in various applications is expected including LED Illumination in harsh environments such as refrigerated warehouses as well as automotive illumination.

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Toshinori Ogashiwa,Dr.ENG Metallic Materials Development Department
Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo

SEMICON West 2016 Report "Future is Flexible"

SEMICON West is North America’s biggest international exhibition of semiconductors, MEMS, and other related industries. This year, "flexible technologies" became an important topic. We will pursue the potentials of flexible technologies, which are expected to support the industry moving forward.

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Takao Enomoto Chemicals Materials Development Department
Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo

Michel Ciesinski President & CEO

J.Devin MacKenzie Professor

Janos Veres Program Manager

Flexible Touch Panel Sensors Using SuPR-NaP Printing

Collaboration between industry, academia and government develops technology for manufacturing transparent flexible substrates with ultrafine wiring of 0.8 microns wide.

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Hitoshi Kubo Chemical Materials Development Department
Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo

Dr. Tatsuo Hasegawa Professor
AIST Flexible Electronics Research center

"Smart textiles" to evolve our lives

Surpassing conventional concepts, a new method of producing conductive textiles has arrived. This new technology employs silver nanoparticles to evolve and enrich our lives.

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Dr. Taeyoon Lee Professor


Gold with a modified shape supports simple diagnostic methods

By using gold, a precious metal, in in-vitro diagnostic kits, diseases and other conditions can easily be identified. Watch the video for more information on anticipated convenient diagnostic methods that use nano-size gold particles and the technologies that make them possible.

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Dr. Hisahiko Iwamoto R&D Department
Diagnostic Kit Business Unit
Tanaka Kikinzoku Kogyo

Future Power Generating System using Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

In the renewable energy sector, dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) has been a recent focus of considerable attention for its potential to generate large amounts of electric power at low cost. DSCs have properties that differ from those of earlier solar cells. What kind of future will DSCs lead to?

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Dr. Hiroshi Segawa Professor

Dr. Satoshi Uchida Professor