STAM-WPI Joint Workshop - Near Future Frontier Forecast by Materials Science



Date: June 20 (Wed), 2018

Time: 14:00-16:00

Venue: Auditorium CASSIN (Ground Floor)



The importance of materials science is becoming greater every day to build a sustainable society. In particular, developing novel high-performance materials for energy harvesting, energy saving, and environmental cleanup (including the development of biocompatible materials) is one of the most important challenges in materials science, and many studies aiming to solve such problems are in progress also in Japan. This time, researchers from the four WPI centers related to materials science and editorial board members of Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM) will gather at E-MRS 2018 Spring Meeting and hold STAM-WPI Joint Workshop entitled “Near Future Frontier Forecasted by Materials Science” which showcases the Japanese activities to create the future society through materials research. The organizers hope that many participants in the E-MRS Meeting join this workshop and consider the near future frontier together.


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You can also get information about this workshop at the WPI's booth (Booth 67) in Exhibition Hall RHIN, Strasbourg Convention Centre during the conference.


Introductory presentations

14:00-14:15 Susumu Ikeda (Director, Research Support Division, WPI-AIMR, Tohoku University)

“Introduction to the workshop and WPI”

14:15-14:30 Shu Yamaguchi (Professor, The University of Tokyo, STAM Editor-in-Chief)

“New materials science beyond borders (STAM introduction)


Research presentations

14:30-14:45 Hiroshi Yabu (Jr PI, Associate Professor, WPI-AIMR, Tohoku University)

“Experimental and theoretical approaches for controlling of morphologies of nanostructured polymer particles”

14:45-15:00 Tomonobu Nakayama (PI, Deputy Director, WPI-MANA, NIMS)

“Neuromorphic networks of nanowires for brain-like signal processing”

15:00-15:15 Roland Hany (STAM Deputy Editor, Empa)

“Transparent organic optoelectronic devices using near-infrared absorbing dyes”

15:15-15:30 Shuhei Furukawa (PI, Associate Professor, WPI-iCeMS, Kyoto University)

“Materials chemistry controls cellular functions”

15:30-15:45 Motonori Watanabe (Associate Professor, WPI-I2CNER, Kyusyu University)

“Design of organic-inorganic composite photocatalyst for visible light driven water splitting hydrogen production”


15:45-16:00 Discussion on our future prospects

Conference Chairpersons
Masanobu NAITO National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0047, Japan

Roland HANY Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa)

Überlandstrasse 129, Dübendorf CH-8600, Switzerland

+41 58 765 4084
Shu YAMAGUCHI Department of Materials Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo

7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan

Susumu IKEDA WPI-Advanced Institute for Materials Research (WPI-AIMR), Tohoku University

2-1-1 Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 980-8577, Japan

Tomonobu NAKAYAMA WPI-International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)

1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044, Japan