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Joint Research on Photocatalysis Implemented with Savitribai Phule Pune University in India
For approximately three weeks from November 14 to December 4, 2017, distinguished and young researchers and students from Savitribai Phule Pune University in India were invited to the Tokyo University of Science Photocatalysis International Research Center. This was implemented through the Joint Research Activities Course of the Sakura Science Plan. The main aim of the exchange plan is to conduct activities through joint Japan-India research in anticipation of expanding international joint research based on the theme of photocatalyst coating.
Savitribai Phule Pune University is ranked third among universities in India, with approximately 500,000 students. Among them, a total of 7 people skilled in materials science and coating technology―2 faculty members, 3 post-doctoral fellows, and 2 graduate students―visited Japan. The representative from the Indian side, Prof. Suresh Gosavi, specializes in physics, and is a renowned researcher in the field of materials science.
One of the main objectives of this visit was participation in the Joint Conferences of the 2nd International Symposium on Recent Progress of Energy and Environmental Photocatalysis (Photocatalysis 2) and the 23rd China-Japan Bilateral Symposium on Intelligent Electrophotonic Materials and Molecular Electronics (SIEMME'23). At the conferences, the visitors carried out poster presentations.
In joint research, the visiting scholars implemented synthesis, deposition, and evaluation of photocatalyst materials together with researchers and students from TUS, and some even started drafting research papers.
As an approach unique to TUS, a bidirectional exchange project under the Sakura Science Plan is being carried out. In this project, TUS visits the partner countries from which scholars are invited based on the Sakura Science Plan, also in the sense of returning the courtesy. Through this, in December of this year, 8 students and 1 faculty member from TUS will visit Savitribai Phule Pune University in India. In India, all of the visiting TUS students are planning on making oral presentations at an academic conference. Through such exchanges, TUS wants to deepen human exchanges and research activities oriented toward future expansion of international joint research.
In conclusion, through this exchange, being able to interact with distinguished researchers and students from India provided the Japanese students with a large stimulation, and served as a very meaningful opportunity. TUS is appreciative of the JST's Sakura Science Plan, which has allowed for such an exchange, as well as everyone in the Research Support Section and the International Affairs Section for their support.
Commemorative photo with TUS students
in the Photocatalysis International Research Center
Poster presentation at Photocatalysis 2 Symposium