Osaka University


Osaka University was founded in 1931 as one of the seven imperial universities of Japan and it remains today one of Japan’s leading comprehensive universities. The University houses more than 23,000 students and more than 6,600 faculty and staff members. Osaka University was named Japan’s most innovative university and is included among the most innovative institutions in the world according to the Nature Index 2017 Innovation publication. The University’s ability to innovate stems from its broad disciplinary spectrum and strong industry-university collaboration, as well as its engagement with, and contributions to, society. This strength is coupled with a drive for innovation that extends throughout the scientific process, from fundamental research to the creation of applied technology. The University continues to explore new research fields, develop greater innovation from the fundamental research stages, and make even greater efforts to pioneer interdisciplinary research projects.

With the motto “Live Locally, Grow Globally,” Osaka University has adopted a vision of openness for 2021. To this end, we strive to make our education, research and community more open and ensure that our three campuses are places where outstanding students and researchers from around the world can gather, learn, discover, and collaborate. Since integrating with Osaka University of Foreign Studies in 2007, Osaka University has enhanced its capacity in the studies of language and culture, and we are enhancing degree programs conducted in English and Japanese language support for international students and faculty. In recent years, the University has also actively expanded its global outreach by setting up overseas centers in San Francisco, Groningen, Bangkok and Shanghai.

Osaka University leverages its role as a Designated National University Corporation selected by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology to contribute to innovation for human welfare, the sustainable development of society, and social transformation.

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Osaka University published between 1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

Count Share
545 188.69

Outputs by subject (Share)

Subject Count Share
Chemistry 204 105.74
Physical Sciences 212 51.88
Life Sciences 178 45.22
Earth & Environmental Sciences 6 1.11
2 0.13
1 0.25
3 0.73

Highlight of the month

Nanodiamonds used to measure heat flow inside cells

© National Institutes of Health/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images

© National Institutes of Health/Stocktrek Images/Getty Images

Polymer-coated diamonds that act as both tiny heaters and thermometers have been used to measure heat flow inside living cells.

The knowledge of how heat flows within and between living cells is critical for thermal diagnostic techniques and therapies, amongst other applications. But there is a gaping gulf between temperatures predicted by theoretical models and those observed in experiments. One parameter that needs to be pinned down is the heat-transporting ability (thermal conductivity) in and between cells.

Now, a team led by researchers at Osaka University in Japan has measured this parameter inside breast-cancer cells by using nanoscale diamonds coated with a heat-releasing polymer as miniature heaters and thermometers.

Surprisingly, they found that the thermal conductivity inside cells is much closer to that of oil than that of water, which is the value used in most models.

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  1. Science Advances 7, eabd7888 (2021). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.abd7888

View the article on the Nature Index

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1 May 2020 - 1 April 2021

International vs. domestic collaboration by Share

  • 55.54% Domestic
  • 44.46% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (267 total)

  • Osaka University, Japan
  • Domestic institution
  1. The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan (47.82)
  2. Kyoto University, Japan (34.54)
  3. RIKEN, Japan (25.77)
  4. Tohoku University, Japan (16.46)
  5. Nagoya University, Japan (12.61)
  6. Hokkaido University, Japan (12.52)
  7. Center for Spintronics Research Network (CSRN) - Osaka University, Japan (11.07)
  8. Spintronics Research Network of Japan (Spin-RnJ), Japan (9.45)
  9. National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan (9.33)
  10. Kyushu University, Japan (9.22)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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