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FINE CHEMICALS Japan Seminar - Room 2K

Special Seminar

Venue: Room 2K, West Hall 4
Free of Charge ※Pre Registration required
March 16(Mon.)
Flexible electronics realized by semiconducting carbon nanotubes
Mr. Yutaka Ohno,
Professor, Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability, Nagoya University

Semiconducting carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are promising electronic material for flexible and stretchable devices because of their excellent electrical and mechanical properties. Recent progresses of CNT technologies such as high-purity separation processes enable us to realize the functional devices such as wearable healthcare devices, electronic skin of robots, and so on. In this presentation, recent works on flexible/stretchable CNT electronics will be presented.

High-Capacity and Stable Si Anodes for All-Solid-State Lithium
Mr. Narumi OHTA,
Senior Researcher, All Solid-State Battery Group, National Institute for Materials Science

Significant interest has been generated for applying Si anodes to next-generation Li batteries, because of the high theoretical capacity of Si (4200 mAh/g), which is 11 times greater than that of graphite. All-solid-state Li batteries are promising alternatives to conventional Li-ion batteries because of their inherently high stability. In this talk, I introduce our recent research efforts toward achieving stable cycling of the high-capacity Si anode in all-solid-state Li batteries.

Consecutive interpretation
Seamless Scale-up from Lab to Industrial production enabled by
Corning Advanced Flow Reactor
Dr. Xinjun (Eric) Wu,
Manager of Corning Reactor Technology Center (China), 
Corning Advanced Flow Reactor Technology Co., Ltd.

Corning AFR has 5 unique advantages vs. batch reactor, 1) 100 times better mixing capability, 2) 1000 times high heat conductivity, 3) Seamless scale-up from Lab to Industrial production, 4) Inherently safety because of its very small reaction volume, 5) Sharp molecular weight distribution. From 2006 Corning AFR has been applied for hundreds of continuous production processes in Fine Chemical, and in Pharma/API in which Corning AFR passed FDA audit.

Dr. Shinji Kanehashi,
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology

Recently, climate change and plastic pollution problems become global environmental problems.  To achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we need to mitigate these global problems. In this seminar, development of unutilized natural resources-based functional materials as green plastics (or bio-based plastics) and CO2 separation materials will be presented. 

Optimization of the synthesis condition for metal-organic
frameworks by using machine learning
Mr. Daisuke Tanaka,
Department of Chemistry, School of Science and Technology, Kwansei Gakuin University

In this presentation, I will talk about a new class of materials based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) by integrating high throughput screening systems and machine learning technique.

March 17(Tue.)
Giant negative thermal expansion materials for the control of
thermal expansion.
Mr. Masaki Azuma,
Professor, Laboratory for Materials and Structures,
Tokyo Institute of Technology and Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology

Negative thermal expansion (NTE) materials are expected to be used to tune the coefficient of thermal expansion of host materials to any desired value from negative to positive. Review of various NTE materials, especially the recently developed BiNiO3 based materials and zero-thermal expansion composite will be given.

Functional Molecular Liquids; towards Luminescent Materials and Oscillation-power Generator Applications
Mr. Takashi Nakanishi,
Group Leader, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS),
Visiting Professor, Division of Soft Matter, Graduate School of Life Science, Hokkaido University,
Visiting Professor, The Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo,
Visiting Professor, Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Polymer Science and Technology, College of Materials Science and Engineering, Shenzhen University (China)

Development of functional molecular liquids composed of optoelectronically-active π-conjugated molecules modified with bulky yet flexible branched alkyl chains will be introduced. In addition, their applications towards luminescent inks and stretchable electret devices, i.e. oscillation-power generator, can be described.

First publication of characteristics of both plus charged nano-bubble and minus charged nano-bubble
M.D. Takeshi Ohdaira,
Chief Director, Japan Micro-Nano Bubble Society Corporation,
Team leader, OHDAIRA development team in HARADA Laboratory,
THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO Institute for Solid State Physics,
Professor, THE UNIVERSITY OF KUMAMOTO pharmacy, 
President, Ohdaira Laboratory Corporation

It is a difficulty of the evidence acquisition with certain effect of a nano-bubble with the measured data, because choices of the nano-bubble measuring instrument are few or they are high cost. We aim at the advancement of the measuring technique, assume the evaluation of the third party attestation organization of the effect verification of new charged micro-nano-bubble to be an evidence, and introduce the latest finding.

Single-Molecule Imaging of a Polymer: Direct Observation of
Structure and Dynamics in a Polymer Chain
Dr. Ken-ichi Shinohara,
Associate Professor, School of Materials Science,
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST)

Direct observation of a polymer chain deepens the understanding about its structure and function. The author succeeded in the direct observation of the long-chain branch structure in a LDPE, and the structural dynamics of a polymer chain in a functionalized SBR measured by a fast-scanning atomic force microscope (FS-AFM). Single-molecule imaging of a macromolecular motion in a chiral helical polymer was achieved by FS-AFM in an organic solvent at room temperature. Furthermore, a molecular walking along a rail of a synthetic helical polymer was discovered. This result is a breakthrough that serves as the first step in order to create an artificial life function as a synthetic molecular motor driven by a thermal fluctuation in non-aqueous media.

Brain-like properties emerging in neuromorphic nanowire networks
Mr. Tomonobu Nakayama,
Deputy Director & Principal Investigator, International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (WPI-MANA), National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS),
Professor, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba

To mimic a complex and huge neuron network like in the brain, metal nanowires with a thin polymer coating of about 1 nm were integrated to form a complex network. We found that the dynamic electrical properties of the networks correspond to important functions of the brain. In this talk, I introduce a physical interpretation and potential applications of such a “neuromorphic nanowire network”.

March 18(Wed.)
Development of biodegradable plastics: current status and future perspective
Mr. Ken-ichi  ​Kasuya,
Special assistant to the president, Professor, Division of Molecular Science, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Gunma University,
Director, Gunma University Center for Food Science and Wellness. (GUCFW)

Biodegradable plastics are gaining attention as a solution to the problem of marine plastic waste. On the other hand, using biodegradable plastics for these issues requires some breakthroughs. In this talk, we will first introduce current biodegradable plastic resins, discuss their requirements and problems, and provide examples of technology development to overcome these problems.

New disease treatment and suppression of cell senescence by
epigenetics engineering and antioxidant capacity
Mr. Hiroyoshi ​Kawakami,
Advisor to the President, Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo Metropolitan University,
Associate director, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Research Center for Hydrogen Energy-based Society (ReHES)


Epigenetics (Ep) mutations and reactive oxygen species (ROS) are deeply involved in lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes COPD, etc. In addition, it is revealed that Ep mutation and ROS disorder have significantly influence on cell senescence including stem cells. In this talk, we will present the treatments of lifestyle-related diseases and cancer stem cells and the suppression of stem cell senescence by our controlling Ep and antioxidant.



Development of Kao water-based pigment inkjet ink "LUNAJET"
Mr. Shinji Moriyama,
Director, Business Development, Advanced Printing Solution Business Development, 
Chemical Business, Global, Kao Corporation

Kao's "LUNAJET" is a water-based pigment ink for inkjet printing that can print directly on low / non-absorbing media without using any primer. VOC-less design enables 50% CO2 emission reduction. The seminar will discuss Kao Ink's design concepts, printing development, and future guidelines.

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