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Five Students and Faculty from Beihang University in China Visit TUS to Conduct Collaborative Research into Photocatalysts as Part of the JST-led Sakura Exchange Program in Science

2018.12.07 Friday

Education/Research

For three weeks from September 30th to October 20th, one faculty member and four graduate students from Beihang University in China were hosted by the Photocatalysis International Research Center (PIRC) at the Tokyo University of Science (TUS) Noda Campus to undertake collaborative research supported by the Japan-Asian Youth Exchange Program in Science (Sakura Exchange Program in Science) operated by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).

Japan is proudly situated at the forefront of photocatalysis science and technology, and the aim of inviting faculty and students to collaborate on photocatalysis-related research as part of the Collaborative Research Activity Course of the Sakura Exchange Program in Science is to help them acquire a foundation of photocatalysis-related knowledge and skills, as well as to develop an understanding of the scope to which photocatalysis can be applied. Additionally, in order to motivate these visitors to return to Japan in the future, they are provided with opportunities to experience wonderful examples of Japanese state-of-the-art technology and Japanese culture.

The research focus of the program was the "evaluation of catalytic activity in glass with novel photocatalytic coating" and "acetaldehyde decomposition using visible light responsive photocatalysts." Each of the student participants eagerly jumped into their collaborative research activities with their PIRC student counterparts the day after their arrival. PIRC Director Fujishima visited the participants during their collaborative research as well as sat in on results presentations, offering valuable insight and advice on the future directions in which the research can be taken.

Apart from research, on weekends the participants visited Japan's National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation and went sightseeing around the city. Additionally, the Chinese and Japanese students had opportunities for casual conversation and interaction via luncheons and dinners organized by the students themselves.

The opportunity which the Sakura Exchange Program in Science has afforded TUS, as a whole, to engage in academic and cultural exchange with the best and brightest students in China over the course of three years has been tremendously stimulating. Although this year marks the end of the Sakura Exchange Program in Science, TUS is committed to building programs and systems that will enable this sort of exchange amongst universities to continue. Finally, TUS is extremely grateful to JST for having made these wonderful opportunities possible.


Beihang University Group photo with Professor Liu

PIRC Director Fujishima observing collaborative research

Collaborative research results report presentation session

Visiting the National Museum
of Emerging Science and Innovation

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