Professor Kroto's visit to Toyo University
March, 2003

 

    Professor Kroto, who is a visiting Professor of the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, Toyo University, visited us again in order to discuss the Toyo-Sussex research collaboration and the development of Internet educational programmes.

16th March:
    Professor Kroto arrived at Narita Airport by BA005. Professor Maekawa met Professor Kroto at the airport and took him to the Grand Palace Hotel in Tokyo.

17th March:
    Professor Maekawa visited Professor Kroto at the hotel at 8:00 am to discuss the development of science educational programmes. They discussed, in particular, the editing of the lecture which Professor Kroto had given to primary school students in Kawagoe in April, 2002. They also discussed the layout of the lecture on the website.
    Professor Kroto and Professor Maekawa then went to the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) at 10:00 am to meet Mr. Ono, the Director General of JSPS, and Mr. Enomoto and Mr. Watanabe from the International Programme Department of JSPS. Professor Kroto and Professor Maekawa explained the Toyo-Sussex research collaboration and the development of the Internet educational scientific programmes.
    Professor Kroto and Professor Maekawa moved to the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre at Kawagoe Campus in the afternoon to discuss the results which had been obtained during the last 6 months, with Professors Imagawa, Horikoshi, Usami and Ichiki. Professor Kroto gave a talk on the possible interactions between nanostructures such as fullerens and nanotubes, and biomolecules. Professors Imagawa, Maekawa and Ichiki explained the manipulation technology of nanoparticles and the acceleration methodology of bio-chemical reactions, which had been developed at the Bio-Nano Centre. Professors Horikoshi, Maekawa and Usami explained the interactions between living cells and carbon nanostructures. They decided to discuss the details of their future collaboration on 22nd March.

18th March:
    Professor Kroto participated in the 125th Anniversary of the Japanese Chemical Society.

19th March:
    Professor Kroto participated in the 125th Anniversary of the Japanese Chemical Society.

20th March:
    Professor Kroto participated in the 125th Anniversary of the Japanese Chemical Society and then met Professor Imagawa at Hakusan Campus in the afternoon to discuss the collaborative research. Professor Kanda, the President of Toyo University, and Dr. Sugano, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, unfortunately could not meet Professor Kroto.

21st March:
    Professor Kroto had free time.

22nd March:
    Professor Kroto visited Professors Maekawa, Toyabe, Aoki, Tamura and Matsushita at the Kawagoe Campus to discuss the development of the Internet educational programme. They watched the TV lecture, which had been given by Professor Kroto the previous year, and discussed the Internet distribution of the lecture. Professors Maekawa, Tamura and Matsushita showed him the Internet Station called CSE-TV, which they had developed for the Toyo-Vega collaboration of the educational scientific programme. Professor Kroto explained the revised website of the Vega Science Trust and they discussed how to access the CSE-TV from the Vega site. We agreed to make a final decision on the layout of the CSE-TV on the web when Ms. Watson, the Manager of the Vega Science Trust, visits Toyo in May.
    Professor Kroto visited the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre in the afternoon. Professor Kroto and Professor Maekawa agreed to continue their collaborative research on the interactions between nanostructures and biomolecules during the next academic year. They also discussed experimental facilities, which will be necessary for Dr. Whitby, who will carry out experimental studies at the Bio-Nano Centre from April, 2003. Note that Toyo University changed the regulations so that the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre can employ researchers for the smooth operation of the collaborative work with foreign institutions. Finally, Professor Kroto and Professor Maekawa discussed the 8th International Symposium on Bio-Nano Science: Harmony between nanobiology and nanotechnology, which will be held at the Bio-Nano Centre in November, 2003. The speakers are Professor Kroto, Professor Walker (1997 Nobel Prize Laureate for Chemistry), and Professor Horikoshi. The symposium will be shown on the Internet. Professor Maekawa will visit Professor Kroto and Professor Walker in England in September to discuss the details of the symposium.

23rd March
    Professor Kroto left Japan by NW020.

 

Summary

    As mentioned in the above, Dr. Whitby, who received his Ph.D last year from the University of Sussex, will come to the Bio-Nano Centre in April to carry out experimental investigations of the interactions between nanotubes and biomolecules. We changed the regulations in order to employ advanced researchers from foreign institutions for the smooth operation of the collaborative work. Young Japanese researchers and graduate students at Toyo University are already very motivated about carrying out cooperative study with Dr. Whitby.
    As for the Toyo-Vega educational scientific programme, we are already using the videotapes of the lectures and documentaries for both undergraduate and graduate education at Toyo University. Students show their interest in advanced science thanks to those programmes. Toyo University will continue to develop their high-quality educational programme together with the Vega Science Trust.

 

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