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Exhibit to showcase a future with "transparent paper" on display at 2F Entrance Hall of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

2019-11-19 (Tue) - 2019-12-19 (Thu)

From Tuesday, November 19 until Thursday, December 19, 2019, Osaka University will have an exhibit on display in the 2F Entrance of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), introducing the huge potential and research details of cellulose nanofibers, which gathering a lot of attention as a dreamlike new material made from wood, and the “transparent paper” made from this new material.

Cellulose nanofiber is an incredibly fine fiber 4-15 nm in width and an inexhaustible natural resource found in all plant matter on earth. Japan was the first in the world to begin research and development on cellulose nanofibers, starting around the turn of the century in 2000. A driving force in the field, researchers from Japan announced a nanocellulose vehicle (NCV) this fall at the Tokyo Motorshow.

Currently at Osaka University, new cellulose fibers are being developed and research is being conducted on paper electronics, electronic equipment that utilize this transparent paper.

In order to visually introduce the potential held by this transparent paper in a manner this is easily understood by attendees, a diorama and water tank will be on display at the exhibit to showcase sensors, which are an indispensable part of Internet of Things (IoT) technology, especially those using this transparent paper, and human- and eco-friendly stream gauging techniques using nanofibers.

In addition, there will be a lecture at the exhibit on Thursday, December 5.

Pamphlets will be available at the booth that give a glimpse of a future that utilizes this transparent paper, so please take a look.

Content at the exhibit

• Biodegradable IoT Sensors made from cellulose nanopaper

• Human- and eco-friendly stream gauging techniques using cellulose nanofibers

Lecture details

Date and Time:

Thursday, December 5 - 13:00~13:30


Lounge, 1F, MEXT


Professor NOGI Masaya (Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research, Osaka University)

Lecture Title:

"The Hidden Potential of Transparent Paper - From Cars to Electronic Devices!"


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