Okayama University


International Workshop on Interface Science Held, Aiming to Cultivate Novel Physical Properties and Electronics

December 27, 2013

The Research Center of New Functional Materials for Energy Production, Storage, and Transport (Center Director: Yoshihiro Kubozono, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology Professor) held the “International Workshop on Interface Science for Novel Physical Properties and Electronics” at the school’s Faculty of Science, from December 9 - 11. A total of more than 80 people took part, coming from America, EU, China and from Japanese domestic organizations, and a lively discussion was held from a global perspective.

After an opening address from Executive Director and Vice-President (Research) Shinichi Yamamoto, 19 of the top researchers in the world introduced the results of their latest cutting-edge research. From our university, Professor Kubozono and his team of 13, who are active in the fields of material and interface sciences, presented the results of their latest research. Passionate debate was enjoyed upon a variety of topics concerning exploration toward the further cultivation of novel physical properties and electronics, including superconductivity in 2D layered compounds and the development of novel superconductive materials, research into the physical properties of graphene and topological insulators, and research into organic electronics.

The future aim of the Research Center of New Functional Materials for Energy Production is to develop proactive, aggressive research activities, in order to take our research to the next level, and aid in the development of our university into a school that ranks highly in the world for research.

This workshop was conducted as part of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s “The Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities”, for which our school was selected. The workshop was held with partial support from this program.

 You can read about the workshop from the following link.

Research Center of New Functional Materials for Energy Production, Storage, and Transport: http://www.science.okayama-u.ac.jp/RCNFM/