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Four Students and Faculty from the Chinese Academy of Sciences Visit TUS to Conduct Joint Research into Photocatalysts as Part of the JST-led Sakura Science Plan

2018.01.10 Wednesday


For 21 days between November 19 and December 9, the Phothocatalysis International Research Center located on the Noda Campus of the Tokyo University of Science (TUS) hosted one faculty member and three graduate students from the Chinese Academy of Sciences to undertake joint research supported by the Japan-Asian Youth Exchange Program in Science (Sakura Science Plan) operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

This invitational program is a Collaborative Research Activity Course whose immediate aim is to utilize collaborative research related to photocatalysts, which is an area where Japan is renowned as a scientific and technological leader, as a means of familiarizing participants with the basics of photocatalysts and demonstrating their range of applications. More generally, the program seeks to expose participants to cutting-edge Japanese science and technology as well as the beauty of Japanese culture.

During the program, the participants were taken on a tour of the Phothocatalysis International Research Center in order to deepen their understanding of Japanese-led innovations in photocatalyst technology, and they showed immense interest in the advanced photocatalyst research being undertaken as well as the Center's equipment and exhibits. The tour was also joined by visitors from Korea, who took the opportunity to inquire of the students about Chinese interest in photocatalysts.

Additionally, the participants were taken on a tour of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation where they were introduced to a broad range of Japanese science and technology. Some of the many cutting-edge technologies that the participants got to experience and look forward to were earth status-monitoring displays, autonomous robots, androids, photosynthetic devices, "Backward from the Future" thinking demonstrations and the "Neutrino Experience" corner.

The program also proved fruitful in terms of collaborative research opportunities. The group from the Chinese Academy of Sciences is undertaking advanced research related to photo-electrodes, and the interaction between this research and the photocatalyst-related research at TUS served as a mutually beneficial catalyst for both groups. The two sides promised to continue this research discussion even after the conclusion of the program.

With a mixture of joy and sadness, a farewell party was held for the participants on the final day of the program. However, in order to not let connections fade and momentum to slow, plans are currently being made to send students from Japan to China.

Self-introductions at the arrival orientation
Commemorative photo at the National Museum of
Emerging Science and Innovation

Interaction and exchange between Chinese
and Japanese students