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Materials, Environment and Water


Kanto Gakuin University


“Water” is the closest substance to humankind. It is essential for sustaining life. Nevertheless, due the complexity of its structure and properties, there is still much that is unknown about water, leaving its basic science in yet a developing stage of research. Over recent years, “Water Science” has at long last entered a new phase with the advent of advanced analytical devices and simulation methods.

In the industrial realm, water continues to play a central role, though even in a supporting role, it is indispensable. Not only in the processing of drinking water, water and sewage supply and environmental water but across a spectrum of engineering and medical fields water has a substantial role. These include nano-processing, nano-control of physical properties, drainage devices, material-surface processing, hydrothermal reaction, electric storage systems, C1 chemistry, high-purity cleaning, bio-materials, medicine development and so on. All of which have various applications.

Owing to the encounter with recent serious problems related to water, e.g. water shortage crisis and the pollution of water contaminated with toxic substances such as heavy metals, microorganisms and radioactive materials, people has tried to solve these severe problems. Moreover, the outstandingly advanced water science and technology have been increasingly developed for applications to cleaning process for semiconductor, healthcare and medical, the control of water behavior of fuel cell, and so forth.

In this point of view, the “Forum on Materials, Environment and Water” is aimed to be held in IUMRS-ICA 2014. The goals of this forum are not only to discuss the fundamental of water science related to materials, environment and energy but also to provide an opportunity for scientists and engineers to exchange information, view, perspectives, and ideas on the new scientific understanding, novel techniques, and upcoming industrial applications of water-related technology.


Date : 26 August, 2014
Place : Room A-703, Fukuoka University
10:00-10:05 Opening Remarks

Kanto Gakuin University
Prof. Osamu Takai

10:05-10:40 “Management and Use of Water for Our Future”

National Institute of Science and Technology Policy,
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Kuniko Urashima

10:40-11:15 “Anti-Fouling and Rejuvenation Technologies for Reverse Osmosis Membrane”

Kurita Water Industries Ltd.
Dr. Takahiro Kawakatsu

11:15-11:50 “On the Properties of Confined Water at the Molecular Level”

Fukuoka University
Prof. Toshio Yamaguchi

13:00-13:50 “Engineering Enhanced Biofunctional Membranes for Environmental Restoration and Water Purification”

University of Alberta
Prof. Carlo Montemagno

13:50-14:25 “Structure, Function, and Application of the Cell-immobilizing Bacterionanofiber AtaA”

Nagoya University
Prof. Katsutoshi Hori

14:35-15:10 “Hydrothermal Cleavage of Glycosidic Bonds in Biomass for Valuable Chemicals and Fuels”

Kyoto University
Emeritus Prof. Masaru Nakahara

15:10-15:45 “Cultivated Plants, Agricultural Products, Food and Water”

Mie University
Prof. Takaharu Kameoka