Professor Kroto's visit to Toyo University
November, 2003

Professor Kroto, who is a visiting Professor of the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre and a visiting Professor of the Faculty of Engineering, Toyo University, visited us in order to discuss the Toyo-Sussex research collaboration and the development of Internet educational programmes. He also gave a talk at the 1st International Symposium on Bioscience and Nanotechnology.

14th November:
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. Professor Maekawa, Professor Tsubaki and Dr. Hanajiri discussed the schedule of the International Symposium and the panel discussion at the symposium, which will be held on 15th November, with Professor Kroto from 4:00pm at the hotel.

We also discussed the interactions between carbon nanostructures and peptide nanotubes. We, in particular, focused on the creation of fullerene clusters and nanoparticle clusters via peptide linkage.

Finally, we discussed our collaboration in the development of science education programmes. We decided to organise a special workshop entitled "Professor Kroto's Exciting Science" for primary school students in 2004 and discussed the contents of the lecture.

15th March:
Professor Maekawa visited Professor Kroto at the hotel and they left for the Inoue Enryo Hall at the Hakusan Campus of Toyo University at 8:00am to participate in the 1st International Symposium on Bioscience and Nanotechnology, which was organised by the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre.

Professor Kroto gave a talk on Nanotechnology from 9:30am for about 1 hour after Professor Maekawa's talk on the 21st Century's Centre of Excellence Programme at Toyo University. Note that there were three more lecturers; Dr. Tonomura, Hitachi Advanced Laboratory, Dr. Woolfson, University of Sussex and Dr. Horikoshi, Japan Marine Science and Technology Centre.

There was also a panel discussion on the Fusion of Bioscience and Nanotechnology from 3:45pm, chaired by Professor Maekawa. Professor Kroto (University of Sussex), Professor Tsubaki (Toyo University), Professor Inoue (Toyo University), Dr. Horikoshi (Japan Marine Science and Technology Centre), Dr. Woolfson (University of Sussex), Dr. Whitby (University of Sussex), Professor Jean-Claude Bacri (Universite Paris 7), Professor Kalachev (University of Montana), Professor Derrick (University of Montana), Dr. Grobert (University of Oxford) and Dr. Folsch (Paul-Drude Institute) discussed our future fusion research for about 1 hour. After the panel discussion, the participants including Professor Kroto visited the poster sessions, where graduate students presented their recent progress in bioscience and nanotechnology study, carried out at the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre. Professor Kroto and the researchers at the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre also discussed some future Toyo-Sussex research collaboration during the tea break.

There was a buffet party after the symposium, where the participants exchanged their ideas and discussed future collaboration.

16th March:
Professor Kroto left for Nagoya to participate in a Nobel Forum.

17th March:
Professor Maekawa visited Professor Kroto at the Imperial Hotel at 9:00am to discuss the Toyo-Sussex research collaboration and the development of the science education programmes. The titles of the joint research are as follows:

  1. Intercalation of Fe into fullerenes and carbon nanotubes and the manipulation of carbon nanostructures.
  2. Creation of fullerene clusters and nanoparticle clusters by peptide linkage and the manipulation of clusters.
  3. Surface modification of fullerenes and nanotubes and the biochemical reactions on carbon nanostructures.
The contents of the science education programmes are as follows:
  1. Editing of the video tape of the 1st International Symposium on Bioscience and Nanotechnology and the distribution of the video via Internet from the Vega Science Trust site and the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre site.
  2. Planning of Professor Kroto's workshop, which will be held in 2004.

18th March:
Professor Kroto left Japan by BA008.



Summary

Dr. Woolfson, Dr. Whitby, Professor Bacri, Professor Kalachev, Professor Derrick and Dr. Grobert, who are the research collaborators of the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre, also came to Japan to participate in the 1st International Symposium on Bioscience and Nanotechnology. Thanks to the four talks on state-of-the-art nanoscience and nanobiology, given by Professor Kroto, Dr. Tonomura, Dr. Woolfson and Dr. Horikoshi, and the active panel discussion, in which the above advanced foreign researchers participated, the symposium was very exciting and successful. Now we can start a new phase of collaborative research with those advanced foreign researchers.

Professor Kroto visited each poster and made questions and comments to the students, thanks to which the students are really motivated to continue and improve their study at the Bio-Nano Electronics Research Centre. The number of undergraduate students who intend to go to Graduate School has actually increased since Professor Kroto became Visiting Professor of Toyo University in 2001.

As for the development of the Toyo-Vega science education programmes, we discussed our future plan with Professor Kroto and Ms. Watson, the Manager of the Vega Science Trust, before and after the symposium. We filmed the whole symposium and therefore decided to edit and distribute it via the Internet. We also decided to make DVDs and distribute them to the libraries of other universities so that teachers can use them for their lectures and seminars. Toyo University will continue to develop high-quality educational programmes together with the Vega Science Trust.


Previous events

25th July, 2001
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17th November, 2001
5th April, 2002