About CEMS

The Center for Emergent Matter Science (CEMS) brings together leading scientists in three areas—physics, chemistry, and electronics—to elaborate the principles of emergent phenomena and to open the path to potential applications.

CEMS carries out research in three areas: strongly-correlated materials, supramolecular functional chemistry, and quantum information electronics. It incorporates more than 200 researchers from around the world, organized into about 30 research groups and teams.

There are other leading centers around the world working in each of the three areas covered by CEMS, but nowhere in the world is there a center that brings the three together in one place. In order to create a sustainable society that can co-exist with the natural environment, cooperation between the fields of physics, chemistry, and electronics is critical.

Bringing these three areas together allows “emergent phenomena” to take place within the center’s research as well, making possible breakthroughs in research that could not be predicted from the outset.

The goal of CEMS is not to develop technologies that can be immediately put into application. It is not to push existing technologies forward, but rather to pursue radical new technological principles that will contribute to human society in five decades or even a century in the future. To do this, it focuses on basic research and the development of new theories.

Researchers who have pioneered these three fields have been brought together along with young scientists who are not held back by existing theories, to work as a team to take on this truly challenging research. This is the real work of CEMS.

  • From the Director

    Message by Takahisa Arima, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science Director

  • Introduction to EMS

    “Emergent matter science” is a new field dedicated to developing new materials with unique functions

  • Our Mission

    The purpose of the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science is to contribute to society by helping to maintain a harmonious, sustainable environment.

  • Organization

    The RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science is composed of three divisions and one program

  • CEMS Printed Materials

    Pamphlets and other publications in PDF are available here

  • Researchers and Staff

    Search for researchers and staff of the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science