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Report on the JSPS Award for Foreign Eminent Scientist 2nd visit in FY 2011

  1. Host Researcher
  2. Name:

    Hiroshi Moriyama
    Professor Dr., Department of Chemistry, Toho University

  3. Invited eminent scientist (name, title and affiliation, nationality)
  4. Richard R. Ernst
    Emeritus Professor Dr., Laboratorium für Physikalische Chemie
    Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
    Switzerland

  5. Duration of stay
  6. Second visit: from March 25th to March 31st (7 days)

  7. Schedule during the visit (date, research activities, names of the places visited, and the descriptions of the visits)

Report on the JSPS Award for Foreign Eminent Scientist
2nd visit in FY 2011

Second Visit Year/Month/Day Place Visited/Activities
March 25th, 2012
Arrived at Haneda Airport/Tokyo from Beijing, China in the evening.
March 26th, 2012
Attended the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Chemical Society of Japan (Keio University). 14:00–14:50: Plenary Lecture (2S-1) Prof. Dr. R. Ernst: “Fascinating Insights in Chemistry, Biology and Medicine by NMR” (an audience of about 100). Discussion with researchers of the Chemical Society of Japan at the Banquet of the CSJ meeting.
March 27th, 2012
Attended the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Chemical Society of Japan (Keio University) in the morning. Discussion with Prof. M. Nakamura.
March 28th, 2012
Visited Toho University for the memorial tree planting in the morning. 15:00–16:00: Lecture at Chiba University, Prof. Dr. R. Ernst: “Academic Opportunities for Shaping a Better Future” after a courtesy visit to President Prof. Y. Saito (an audience of about 200). Discussion seminar with four young scientists, Dr. Ohkubo, Dr. Nomoto, Dr. Ishihara, and Dr. Seki.
March 29th, 2012
Visited Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo Geijyutsu Daigak) (Prof. M. Inaba) and seminar lecture. 10:30–12:00: Laboratory of Conservation Science, Prof. Dr. R. Ernst: “Tibetan Painting Art: Pigment Analysis by Raman Spectroscopy” (an audience of about 35).
March 30th, 2012
Moved to the Narita Hilton Hotel.
March 31st, 2012
Left Tokyo, flew to Zürich from Narita Airport/Tokyo in the morning.

1. Implementation and results of the invitation

With the support of the JSPS Award for Foreign Eminent Scientists, Prof. Dr. Richard Ernst came to Japan twice during the fiscal year 2011. On his second visit (March 13th–31st, 2012), he gave two lectures at Chiba University and Tokyo University of the Arts. In addition, he gave a special invited lecture at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Chemical Society of Japan at Keio University.

There is no need to emphasize the important role of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR) in modern science; Prof. Ernst developed pulse Fourier transform NMR as well as two-dimensional NMR and novel pulse techniques. He also contributed to the development of medical magnetic resonance tomography. Prof. Ernst was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1991for his contribution to the development of the methodology of high-resolution NMR. NMR has now become one of the most important tools in basic scientific research.

On March 28th, Chiba University arranged some discussion time with Prof. Ernst for four young researchers. It was a good opportunity for the young researchers to discuss their own research with Prof. Ernst personally, and they benefited greatly from the inspiring discussions. On March 29th, a fruitful discussion on the application of Raman spectroscopy in the research field of conservation science was held at Tokyo University of Arts.

2. Contribution to Toho University as host

During his visits in the last two years, Prof. Ernst delivered four lectures for students and researchers at Toho University last year and two lectures this year. Two lectures at Chiba University and Tokyo University of the Arts were held with the co-sponsorship of Toho University.

The title of the talk at Chiba University was “Academic Opportunities for Shaping a Better Future”, and that at Tokyo University of the Arts was “Tibetan Painting Art: Pigment Analysis by Raman Spectroscopy”, related to conservation science. These lectures were especially impressive for young researchers not only from Tokyo University of the Arts but also from the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo and Nara, in the corresponding fields and from Raman spectroscopy industries. The audience was greatly impressed by the content of all the lectures and by Prof. Ernst’s enthusiastic presentation and humor.

Toho University is a science-oriented university of four faculties, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Science, Science, and Nursing. We appreciate all the advice given by Prof. Ernst to young students, graduate students, and faculty members. The audience was greatly impressed by his enthusiastic presentations and was very inspired. In the last slide of his final talk, he emphasized the theme of ‘Science for Mankind’; this message was especially impressive, being consistent with the founding spirit of Toho University: ‘Nature, Life, Man’.

As a memento of, and to thank, Prof. Dr. Richard R. Ernst for his fourth visit to Toho University under the support of the JSPS Award for Foreign Eminent Scientists, a memorial tree planting ceremony was held in the main avenue of the Narashino Campus of Toho University on the afternoon of March 28th before his lecture in Chiba University. It has been a great pleasure and honor for us to have been able to invite Prof. Dr. Richard R. Ernst to Toho University as an eminent guest professor and honorary doctor of Toho University during the last two years. We hope that this tree, “Himeshara” (Stewartia monadelpha), planted by Prof. and Mrs. Ernst, will continue to grow and blossom with white flowers and to encourage students of Toho University year by year.

3. Acknowledgments

We appreciate the support of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for this program, which has enabled us to invite Prof. Ernst—the most important scientist in the field of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and 1991 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry—to come to lecture in Japan four times.

We expect that Prof. Ernst will continue to have a great influence on many young Japanese scientists in the future.

 
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