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TUS Welcomes Four Visitors from Peking University through "SAKURA Exchange Program in Science" Hosted by JST ―― Implementation of Joint Research Activities on Photocatalysts

2016.03.03 Thursday


For a 20-day period from January 17 to February 5, one faculty member and three graduate students from Peking University in China visited the Photocatalyst International Research Center at the Noda Campus and carried out joint research, with support from the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science "SAKURA SCIENCE") of the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

As a joint research activities course, the objective of this invitational program is to have the participants understand the scope of application of catalysts based on fundamental knowledge by conducting joint research activities on photocatalysts, which is one of the science technologies that Japan is proud to have founded. At the same time, another objective is to have the visitors come in contact with Japan's latest science technology and culture, and have them realize the greatness of this technology and culture.

On the first day of their visit, the visitors toured the Photocatalyst International Research Center, after which they attended a special lecture by Professor Zhongfan Liu, who is head of the Center for Nanochemistry at Peking University. The venue, full of people who wanted to hear about research on the world's most advanced two-dimensional carbon material, was enveloped in an air of excitement.

Starting the next day, each of the graduate students started conducting research using photocatalysts, and made active approaches to research activities, such as by running experiments almost until the time of the last trains, by cooperating with post-doctoral researchers as well as students. On Saturdays, they went to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, Mitsubishi Minatomirai Industrial Museum, and Asakusa, and had opportunities to learn about science technology and Japanese culture. On the day before their last day at the Center, a reporting session was held. With TUS President Fujishima present, the three graduate students presented the results of the research that they had conducted at the Center.

Being able to have exchanges with brilliant students from China through implementation of this exchange program served as a large inspiration, as they demonstrated their ability to absorb new research in a short period of time, as well as flexibility in handling questions and answers at the reporting session. Since the invited students were also female students in master's and doctorate courses, this was a very valuable experience from the perspective of fostering female researchers with future potential for success in both China and Japan. TUS is deeply grateful for the JST's SAKURA SCIENCE, which has made an opportunity for such an exchange possible.

Special lecture by Professor Zhongfan Liu of Peking University
(Photocatalyst International Research Center)

Visit to National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
with students from Peking University

At the Center entrance after a research results reporting session
by the three students from Peking University