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Four Visitors from Chinese Academy of Sciences Welcomed Through JST's Sakura Science Plan, Joint Research Implemented at Photocatalysis International Research Center

2018.10.26 Friday


For a 21-day period from September 17 to October 7, one faculty member and three graduate students from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in China visited the Photocatalysis International Research Center on the Noda Campus through support from the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science (Sakura Science Plan) organized by the Japan Science and Technology Agency, and conducted joint research.

The objective of this invitational program is to have visitors understand photocatalysis, from basic knowledge to its scope of application, by conducting joint research activities on photocatalysis, which is science and technology that proudly originated in Japan, and to have them interact with and feel the brilliance of Japan's latest science, technology and culture.

In this program, to deepen understanding of the photocatalysis technology that originated in Japan, the visitors toured the Photocatalysis International Research Center. There, they demonstrated a great deal of interest in the contents related to the latest photocatalysis research, as well as the facilities and exhibits in the Center.

In addition, the visitors toured the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) to learn more about science and technology in Japan. At Miraikan, they experienced a variety of the latest technologies and enjoyed the planned exhibitions, such as displays through which they can learn about the earth, autonomous robots, androids, photosynthetic apparatuses, the Backward from the Future demonstration, and Neutrino Observations experience.

This exchange served as a good opportunity for joint research, in terms of research as well. The group from the Chinese Academy of Sciences is progressing with the latest research on photoelectrodes, and thus, having exchanges with TUS' research on photocatalysis has served as a trigger for further development of research by both TUS and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Both parties promised to continue ongoing discussions on research in the future.

On the final day of the exchange, a farewell party was held, albeit reluctantly. We are now planning to send Japanese students to China while this exchange is still fresh in our minds, and also to promote continuity.

Commemorative photo
at the Photocatalysis International Research Center

Exchanges among Japanese and Chinese faculty and