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Exhibition for "ItoP," the revolutionary ultra-light, ultra-durable concept car

2018-12-10 (Mon) - 2018-12-12 (Wed)

From Monday, December 10 ~ Wednesday, December 12, 2018, an exhibit will be held for ItoP (Iron to Polymer), a revolutionary electric concept car that is both lightweight and durable, in the Techno-Alliance Building at Osaka University.

Researchers in Professor ITO Kohzo's program* developed the concept car "ItoP," a lightweight, durable electric car, using "ultra-thin and flexible tough polymers," new materials with super-thin films. Professor Ito's program is part of the Impulsing Paradigm Change through Disruptive Technologies Program (ImPACT) led by the Council for Science, Technology and Innovation (CSTI) of the Cabinet Office. From Osaka University, Specially Appointed Professor HARADA Akira and Specially Appointed Assistant Professor KOBAYASHI Yuichiro of the Graduate School of Science, have also joined this program.

At this exhibit, panels about the ultra-thin and flexible tough polymers used in ItoP will also be on display. To deepen people’s understanding of the new materials, a traveling exhibition has been set up at universities and public venues around the country, starting with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (also known as Miraikan) in Tokyo.

In addition, on the second day of the exhibit (Tuesday, December 11), ITO Kohzo, ImPACT Program Manager, will give an introduction to the concept car while also allowing the general public to take a seat in the (stationary) concept car. Those interested are encouraged to attend.

*ImPACT ITO Kohzo Program:

ImPACT is a program led by CSTI, a council in the Japanese government which governs science and technology strategies. The program aims to promote high-risk, high-impact research and develop expansive innovation systems.

In the "Realizing Ultra-Thin and Flexible Tough Polymers" Program (ITO Kohzo Program), research is being performed with the aim of realizing "ultra-thin and flexible tough polymers" that can overcome the limits of conventional polymers with their ultra-thin and ultra-tough properties.

Exhibit Schedule

Monday, December 10 - 12:00 ~ 17:00
Tuesday, December 11 - 10:00 ~ 17:00 (Includes concept car introduction, see below)
Wednesday, December 12 - 10:00 ~ 15:00

• Concept Car Introduction

Tuesday, December 11
13:00 ~ 13:15 - Greeting (Osaka University Executive Vice President OGAWA Tetsuo)
13:15 ~ 13:30 - Introduction of concept car ItoP (ImPACT Program Manager ITO Kohzo (Professor, The University of Tokyo)
13:30 ~ 15:00 - Attendees ride (stationary) concept car

Venue - 1F, Techno-Alliance Building, Osaka University (Suita Campus)

Intended for - Students, faculty, staff, members of the press, and the general public (anyone interested may attend)

Applications - Applications are not required to attend this event, and attendance is free.


General Affairs, Graduate School of Science, Osaka University

TEL: 06-6850-5280 

Email: ri-syomu [at]

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