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NIMS Conference 2010 Program

  Main Convention Hall Speaker
July 12th AM   10:00-10:05 Welcome Address
Prof. Sukekatsu Ushioda (President of NIMS)
NIMS Award Lecture 10:05-10:20 NIMS Award Ceremony
10:20-11:20 Prof. Jean Marie Tarascon(University of Picardie Jules Verne, France)
Keynote Lecture 11:20-12:10 Prof. Akira Fujishima (President of Tokyo University of Science,Japan)
PM Prospective
14:00-14:20 Prof. Sukekatsu Ushioda( President of NIMS)
14:20-15:10 Prof. Prashant Kamat(University of Notre Dame, USA)
15:10-16:00 Dr. Takahisa Ohno (Managing Director of ICNSEE, NIMS)
16:00-16:20 Coffee Break
16:20-17:10 Dr. Hideki Iba (Toyota Corp, Japan)
17:10-18:00 Dr. Sebastian Fiechter(Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, Germany)
  18:30-20:30 Banquet(Okura Frontier Hotel)
July 13th AM Organized Symposia Rm. 101 Rm. 102
Theoretical and Computational Studies for
the Materials Development (Dr. Sasaki)
Rechargeable Batteries
(Dr. Takada)
PM Rm. 101 Rm. 102 Rm. 201
(Dr. Han)
Design of High Quality Fuel Cell Materials
and Devices (Dr.Mori, Dr. Kim)
Nano Photocatalysis: Possibilities and
Challenges: (Dr. Ye)
July 14th AM Rm. 101 Convention Hall 200
Nano Interface Characterization for E&E Materials
(Dr. Fujita)
Practical Social Needs for Thermoelectric Power Devices
(Dr. Shinohara, Dr. Isoda)
Environmental Catalysts and Materials
(Dr. Takeuchi)

OS-1 Theoretical and Computational Studies for the Materials Development

Date/TimeSpeakerTentative Title
PMChair: Onodera Hidehiro
Dr. Taizo Sasaki
(NIMS ,Japan)
9:35-10:10OS1-2Dr. Machiko Ode
(NIMS ,Japan)
Simulation of reaciton-diffusion phenomena occurring between Ir coating and Ni-Al alloy substrate using phase-field model
10:10-10:45OS1-3Dr. Masato Shimono
(NIMS ,Japan)
Atomic diffusion in alloys studied by molecular dynamics simulations
10:45-11:05Coffee break
Chair: Tsuyoshi Miyazaki
11:05-11:40OS1-4Dr. Masanori Kohyama
(AIST Osaka ,Japan)
First-Principles study of materials interfaces in energy and environment devices in collaboration with electron microscopy observations
11:40-12:15OS1-5Prof. Osamu Sugino
(ISSP, The University of Tokyo ,Japan)
First-Principles simulation of the electrocatalysis
12:15-12:20ClosingDr. Taizo Sasaki
(NIMS ,Japan)
The envrionment and energy issues require us to develop the materials of which functions are far beyond the convetional ones. The theoretical and computational materials science is expected to play major roles in it. This session is devoted to the discussions on their roles in near future.

OS-2 Rechargeable Battery Materials

Date/TimeSpeakerTentative Title
PMChair: Kazunori Takada
9:00-9:40OS2-1Dr. Kuniaki Tatsumi
(AIST ,Japan)
Study on surface change of layered-oxide positive electrode materials containing Ni for Li-ion batteries during degradation tests
9:40-10:20OS2-2Prof. Atsuo Yamada
(The University of Tokyo ,Japan)
Electrode function and its mechanisms of lithium transition metal oxyanion compounds
10:20-10:40Coffee break
10:40-11:20OS2-3Dr. Yoshikatsu Seino
(Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. ,Japan)
High-rate capability of all-solid-state batteries using phosphorous sulfide solid electrolyte
11:20-11:55OS2-4Dr. Tsuyoshi Ohnishi
(NIMS ,Japan)
High rate and high quality LiCoO2 thin film synthesis by composition tuned pulsed laser deposition
11:55-12:30OS2-5Dr. Xiaoxiong Xu
(NIMS ,Japan)
Electrode performance of LiNiO2–based materials in all-solid-state lithium batteries
Rechargeable batteries are anticipated to play many roles in the realization of a sustainable society. Some presentations will be made on frontier works on rechargeable battery materials.

OS-3 Photovoltaics

Date/TimeSpeakerTentative Title
PMChair: Dr. Liyuan Han
14:00-14:35OS3-1Deputy Director. Shigeru Niki
(Research Center for Photovoltaics, AIST, Japan)
Current staus and future prospects of the CIGS solar cell technology
14:35-15:10OS3-2Prof. Susumu Yoshikawa
(Kyoto university ,Japan)
Improved Photovoltaic performances of hybrid organic/inorganic solar cells using 1-D nanomaterials
15:10-15:45OS3-3Prof. Gerald J. Meyer
(Department of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University ,USA)
Visible light generation of chemical bonds in fluid solution and at sensitized TiO2 interfaces
15:45-16:00Coffee break
Chair: Dr. Masatoshi Yanagida
16:00-16:30OS3-4Dr. Akira Sasahara
(Japan Advanced Institute of Science and technology ,Japan)
Scanning probe microscope studies of dye-adsorbed titanium dioxide surfaces
16:30-17:00OS3-5Dr. Ivan Mora Sero
(Universitat Jaume I ,Spain)
Semiconductor sensitized solar cell: limiting factors and some prespectives
17:00-17:30OS3-6Prof. Taro Toyoda
(University of Electro-Communications ,Japan)
Semiconductor quantum dot-sensitized solar cells and photoexcited carrier dynamics
Our session will consist of an introduction of the latest research and trend in photovoltaic systems along with a discussion on the present status of fundamental research and future development of next generation photovoltaics, such as dye-sensitized solar cells, organic thin-film solar cells, and quantum dots.

OS-4 Design of high quality fuel cell materials and devices

Date/TimeSpeakerTentative Title
PMChair: Dr. Toshiyuki Mori
13:30-13:50OS4-1Dr. Toshiyuki Mori
(Fuel cell materials center, NIMS ,Japan)
Design of nano-structured fuel cell materials
13:50-14:10OS4-2Dr. Takuya Masuda
In situ XAFS study on Pt/C and Pt/CeO2/C catalysts during oxygen reduction reaction
14:10-14:30OS4-3Prof. Alastair N. Cormack
(Alfred University ,USA)
Nano-scale structures in SOFC electrolyte materials
14:30-14:50OS4-4Prof. Vladimir Matolin
(Charles University ,Czech Republic)
Carbon nanotube coating by rf-sputtering: cerium oxide based catalysts for proton exchange membrane fuel cell
14:50-15:10OS4-5Prof. Sea-Fue Wang
(National Taipei University of Technology ,Taiwan)
Effects of the Thickness of Bi-layer Cathode on the Performance of IT-SOFCs
15:10-15:30OS4-6Prof. Tatsumi Ishihara
(Kyushu University ,Japan)
Metal support solid oxide fuel cells using LaGaO3 thin film
Chair: Dr. Je-deok Kim
15:30-15:50OS4-7Dr. Je-deok Kim
(Fuel cell materials center, NIMS ,Japan)
Anhydrous Nafion-1,2,3-Triazole membrane using room temperature solution processing
15:50-16:10OS4-8Prof. Hee-Woo Rhee
(Sogang University ,Korea)
Polymer electrolyte membranes for high temperature PEMFC
16:10-16:30OS4-9Prof. Choi Young Woo
(Korea Institute of Energy Research ,Korea)
Anion and cation conducting polymer electrolyte pore-filling membranes for electrochemical cells
16:30-16:50OS4-10Prof. Hiroyoshi Kawakami
(Tokyo Metropolitan University ,Japan)
Aligned electrospun nanofiber composite membranes for fuel cell electrolytes
16:50-17:10OS4-11Dr. Morihiro Saito
(Doshisha University ,Japan)
Development of anion-exchange membrane fuel cells with metal oxide-based cathode catalysts
17:10-17:30OS4-12Dr. Akimitsu Ishihara
(Yokohama National University ,Japan)
Development of non-precious metal oxide-based compounds as new cathode for PEFC
Based on latest experimental data, we are going to discuss the best way for development of electrolytes and electrodes in fuel cell devices. In our discussion, we will focus on the relation among microanalysis of surface/ interface/bulk, simulation, and fuel cell material properties.

OS-5 Nano Photocatalysis: Possibilities and Challenges:

Date/TimeSpeakerTentative Title
PMChair: Naoto Umezawa
13:45-13:55OpeningDr. Prof. Jinhua Ye
(NIMS ,Japan)
13:55-14:25OS5-1Prof. Detlef W. Bahnemann
(Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover ,Germany)
Novel catalysts and mechanisms for photocatalysis
14:25-14:55OS5-2Prof. Akihiko Kudo
(Tokyo University of Science ,Japan)
Development of photocatalysts for solar hydrogen production
14:55-15:25OS5-4Prof. Craig Grimes
(The Pennsylvania State University ,USA)
Towards photonic fuels: Photocatalytic conversion of CO2 and water vapor to hydrocarbon fuels
15:25-15:45Coffee break
Chair: Tetsuya Kako
15:45-16:15OS5-5Dr. Tatsuki Morimoto
(Tokyo Institute of Technology ,Japan)
Photocatalytic and photophysical properties of rhenium(I) complexes modulated by inter-ligand aromatic interaction
16:15-16:40OS5-6Dr. Tanja Cuk
(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ,USA)
The helios solar energy research center at Berkeley: A materials approach to renewable fuels from sunlight
16:40-17:05OS5-7Dr. Naoto Umezawa
(NIMS ,Japan)
Theoretical design of photocatalysts
17:05- ClosingProf. Detlef W. Bahnemann
(Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Germany)
Nano photocatalytic materials have shown great potentials not only in environmental remediation, but also in solar-chemical conversion by photocatalytic water-splitting as well as CO2 reduction. This session will provide a forum for review of the latest advances and discussion of the future prospects in challenges to the possibilities of nano photocatalysis, by inviting leading scientists active in this field.

OS-6 Nano Interface Characterization for E&E Materials

Date/TimeSpeakerTentative Title
July 14thAMChair: Daisuke Fujita
9:00- 9:20Opening
Dr. Daisuke Fujita
(NIMS ,Japan)
9:20-10:00OS6-1Dr. Jinghua Guo
(Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ,USA)
Soft X-ray spectroscopic study of nanostructured materials: An emerging probe for renewable energy science
10:00-10:40OS6-2Prof. Shu Yamaguchi
(The University of Tokyo ,Japan)
Atomic switch: Ananoionicsdevice using ion migration in nanospace
10:40-11:00Coffee break
Chair: Masaki Takeguchi
11:00-11:40OS6-3Dr. Artur Braun
(EMPA ,Switzerland)
Some applications of synchrotron and neutron scattering and spectroscopy to energy materials research
11:40-12:20OS6-4Prof. Kohei Uosaki
(NIMS ,Japan)
Surface X-ray scattering study on interfacial structure of single crystalline pt electrodes in solution and in contact with PEM
Dr. Masaki Takeguchi
(NIMS ,Japan)
The functionalities of novel nanostructured materials used in the environment and energy (E&E) field of photocatalyst, fuel cell, secondary battery, solar cell and so on, are originated at the hetero-phase interfaces of solid/gas, solid/liquid, solid/solid and so on. In order to clarify the structures, chemical and physical states, reactions and dynamic phenomena at the interfaces on the nanoscale, advanced materials characterization methods are required. In this organized session, recent progress and future outlook of the state-of-the-art technology of nano-interface characterization for E&E materials and the actual applications will be discussed.

OS-7 Practical Social Needs for Thermoelectric Power Devices

Date/TimeSpeakerTentative Title
July 14thPMChair: Yoshikazu Shinohara
14:00-14:05Opening AddressDr. Yoshikazu Shinohara
(NIMS ,Japan)
Opening address
14:05-14:30OS7-1Dr. Shuichi Hase
(SANGO Co. Ltd. ,Japan)
Thermo-electric generation for automotive waste heat recovery: Prospects and requirements for series applications
14:30-14:55OS7-2Prof. Hideo Kawahara
(Institute of National Colleges of Technology, Japan Oshima College of Maritime Technology ,Japan)
Heat-recoverable technology using thermoelectric generator for ship (-Hybrid conversion of a large car ferry-)
14:55-15:20OS7-3Prof. Isamu Todo
(Ueyama-Shisui Co., Ltd. ,Japan)
Consideration of the thermoelectric modules expected to be used for the generation of electricity of the hot spring use
15:20-15:30Coffee break
Chair: Takao Mori
15:30-15:55OS7-4Prof. Takeyuki Kawaguchi
(Tokyo Institute of Technology ,Japan)
Recent trends in research and development of new energy harvesting devices composed of nano-fiber materials
15:55-16:20OS7-5Dr. Masafumi Miyajima
(BOSCH ,Japan)
Thermoelectric conversion as power source for automotive electronic components
16:20-16:45OS7-6Dr. Yuma Horio
(YAMAHA ,Japan)
Thermoelectric material and application technology for energy harvester
16:45-17:10OS7-7Mr. Yasuyuki Nakamura
(Frontier Material ,Japan)
Challenge to wide applications by low powered thermoelectric generator
Dr. Yukihiro Isoda
(NIMS ,Japan)
Closing address
This symposium is an invited session of the potential users of thermoelectric power devices. It is well known that the recovery of exhausted heat and conversion it to electricity is necessary to resolve the energy and environmental problems. Thermoelectric energy conversion can provide electric power directly from heat and be applied to low temperature heat (less than 373K) of which recovery is difficult. The objective of this symposium is to specify the practical needs from potential users for thermoelectric power devices to define a direction of thermoelectric researches.

OS-8 Environmental Catalysts and Materials

Date/TimeSpeakerTentative Title
July 14thPMChair: Masayuki Takeuchi
14:00-14:05Opening Remarks 
14:05-14:35OS8-1Prof.Yoshimasa Watanabe
(Hokkaido University ,Japan)
Mechanism and control of irreversible membrane fouling in water purification
14:35-15:05OS8-2Prof.James L. McGrath
(University of Rochester ,USA)
Porous nanocrystalline silicon (pnc-Si) membranes as highly efficient filters and pumps
15:05-15:35OS8-3Dr.Izumi Ichinose
(NIMS ,Japan)
Ultrathin free-standing nanoporous membranes for environmental applications
15:35-15:50Coffee break
Chair: Kentaro Tashiro
15:50-16:20OS8-4Prof.Takafumi Ueno
(iCeMS, Kyoto University ,Japan)
Catalytic reactions designed using protein scaffolds from artificial enzymes to protein nanocage reactors
16:20-16:50OS8-5Prof.Yasuhiro Uozumi
(Institute for Molecular Science ,Japan)
Organic molecular transformations in water with recyclable transition metal catalysts
16:50-17:20OS8-6Prof.Kimihisa Yamamoto
(Tokyo Institute of Technology ,Japan)
Synthesis of fine-conrolled metallodendrimers
17:20-17:30Closing Remarks 
Issues of environmental protection and sustainable development are growing in interest and gaining an increasing importance in materialsscience. This session has two topics. The first topic will focus on the recent progress of nanoporous-membranes for many applications based on economic and medical significance. The second relates to nano- and recyclable-catalysts that are of prime importance aiming at green materials science.