Professor Noriyuki Kuramoto, a Professor from Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Yamagata University,
Japan visited TAR UC on 9 October 2015. He was invited by Dr. Phang Sook Wai from the Physical Science Department.
During his visit, Prof. Dr. Kuramoto shared his research work with 10 Faculty members from the Physical Science Department,
Bioscience and Sport Science Department and 50 students from both departments. The title of his talk was “Preparation and
Application of Processable Highly Conductive Polyaniline”. The talk was held in DK5, TAR UC, Kuala Lumpur Campus. He discussed
about the preparation of highly conducting and processable polyaniline that was carried out by chemical oxidative polymerization
of aniline in the presence of anionic surfactant AOT (di-2-ethyl hexylsulfosuccinic acid sodium salt). There are many applications
of the processable highly conductive polyaniline due to its unique properties. His research group aimed to use processable highly
conductive polyanilin e in applications such as antistatic electric charge prevention film, highly conductive paint, corrosion protecting
material and counter electrode for dye sensitized solar cell.
All staff members and students had gained much knowledge about the conductive polymer, polyaniline, especially the students,
who went on to have discussion with Prof. Dr. Kuramoto for over an hour after the talk.
4 staff members of the Chiba University, Chiba, Japan visited the Faculty of Applied Science and Computing on 3 September 2015. The four visitors from Chiba University were Associate Prof. Dr. Yoko Mizokami, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kazuki Nakamura; and two support staff, Mr. Wada Atsushi and Ms. Tomoko Sakai. An informal presentation on the introduction of TAR UC, Chiba University, and research works conducted in Chiba University and TAR UC were presented to staff members of the Physical Science Department, FASC in Lab D312.
During the visit, Assoc. Professor Dr. Yoko Mizokami gave a brief introduction on Chiba University. In the brief presentation of Chiba University, she mentioned that Chiba University located in Chiba prefecture, Japan was founded in 1949, unifying several regional former national colleges and schools such as Chiba Medical College and Chiba Normal School. The University has four campuses, Nishi-Chiba, Inohana, Matsudo, and Kashiwa-no-ha are ideally located in Chiba Prefecture, an area noted for its industrial, intellectual and international achievements. Currently, Chiba University consists of nine faculties, the university library, the university hospital and other educational and research facilities. With 11,109 students in the undergraduate program, it has long been one of the largest universities in Japan. As for the graduate school, there are about 2,189 students in ten master's programs and 1,243 in nine doctoral programs. Chiba University has agreements with over 200 universities and institutes in approximately 40 countries with active interactions through educational and scientific research.
Dr. Yoko Mizokami also presented her research work on the study on the mechanism of human visual perception and its application to colour and imaging technology; colour vision, pattern recognition, motion perception, visual attention etc. and their integration.; How do these visual process work in natural images and real environments?
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kazuki Nakamura on the other hand presented his work on “Electrochemically controllable emission and coloration by using europium(III) complex and viologen derivatives.” In his presentation, he mentioned that his research group has successfully demonstrated both luminescence and coloration control by using a composite material containing a luminescent Eu(III) complex and electrochromic (EC) molecule. Eu(III) complexes have unique luminescent properties such as line-like red emissions, long luminescence lifetimes, large Stokes shifts, and high emission quantum eﬃciencies, which have resulted in their widespread applications particularly to phosphors, bioassays, and sensor development.
Members of the Physical Science Department, FASC had also presented some of their research works namely “Nanoparticles Research” by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Teh Geok Bee; “The Heterogeneous catalysts in biodiesel’ by Dr. Shangeetha Ganesan; “Synthesis and HRTEM characterization of nanoscale entities” by Dr. Lim Teck Hock; and lastly “Synthesis, Characterization of Conducting Polymer in Various Application” by Dr. Phang Sook Wai.
The visitors are delighted with their visit at TAR UC and looking forward to collaborate with TAR UC on students exchange program.