Institute of Light Metals (ILM)In April 2021, Kumamoto University established the Institute of Light Metals (ILM), together with the University of Toyama. This Institute is dedicated to advanced research and education on light metallic materials based on magnesium, aluminum and titanium, and is the first such hub in Japan.
The scope of the ILM is science, technology, education and international outreach. Moreover, ILM aims to help solve important issues regarding the environment, energy, sustainability, disaster prevention and mitigation, and biomedical technology by leveraging the robust research and development resources of the Magnesium Research Center of Kumamoto University and the Aluminum Research Center of the University of Toyama.
The ILM will also play a key role in enhancing industries in Japan by conducting integrated research and development on magnesium, aluminum and titanium alloys.