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Six 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 three weeks between November 29 and December 19, the Phothocatalysis International Research Center located on the Noda Campus of Tokyo University of Science welcomed two professors and four doctoral students from the Chinese Academy of Sciences to undertake joint research supported by the Japan Science and Technology Agency's Sakura Science Plan.

Chinese Academy of Sciences Professor Lei Jiang and student participants

The aim of this invitational program, carried out via the Collaborative Research Activity Course of the Sakura Exchange Program in Science, was to use collaborative research as a vehicle for facilitating a two-way exchange of research expertise. In addition, opportunities for the visitors to experience Japan's cutting-edge technology as well as its culture were actively provided.

At the start of the program, the researchers traveled to the Katsushika Campus to participate in the Photocatalysis International Symposium that was held by TUS. Professor Lei Jiang delivered the keynote address, and Associate Professor Ye Tian provided a poster presentation. Doctoral candidates Feilong Zhang, Yun Liu and Zhen Zhang also provided poster presentations, with Zhen Zhang's presentation being so impressive that it was honored with the Young Poster Presentation Award.

Keynote address from Professor Lei Jiang

Poster presentation by Associate Professor Ye Tian

Poster presentation by Zhen Zhang

Zhen Zhang receives the Young Poster Presentation Award

The collaborative research began following the conclusion of the symposium. Working alongside TUS students, the Chinese Academy of Sciences students seemed excited about the added research value provided by the new research equipment. Meanwhile, the TUS students and faculty benefited from the guidance and insights provided to them about numerous overlooked aspects of their own research.

Collaborative research with a TUS student (at left)

Collaborative research with a TUS student (at right)

Program participants and TUS students also deepened their friendship outside of the laboratory through luncheon parties. Weekends were used as opportunities for sightseeing in the city. The participants were taken on a tour of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, where they were exposed to cutting-edge Japanese science and technology. They also got to experience the charms of Tokyo with a cruise in the waters around Odaiba and a tour of Senso-ji Temple and the Tokyo Skytree.

A luncheon party

Visiting the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation

The TUS community considers the deepened level of exchange with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, which is one of the world's most preeminent research institutions, afforded by this program to be a tremendously valuable asset. TUS is extremely grateful to JST for making opportunities such as these possible.