Faculty of Textile Science and Technology Research Activity2016|Shinshu Univ

31ProfessorFiber Materials EngineeringSmall is BIG: Developing state-of-the-art nano-materials for use in fuel cells and supercapacitorsDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsClean and efficient electrochemical energy conversion and storage: The fight against environmental and energy issues. Our research is focused on usingnano-materials (NANOSHEETS in particular) for supercapacitors and fuel cells, which are important devices for realizing a sustainable society. The electrode materials we synthesize have a tremendously large surface area and high activity, thus providing a technological basis for clean and efficient energy utilization.An energy device that can fully charge in 3 minutes and implanted in your body? Yes, this may be possible with your ideas! Join our team in realizing such a dream. Wataru SugimotoDr. Eng. (1999, Waseda Univ.); Assistant Professor (1999 Shinshu Univ.);Associate Professor (2007, Shinshu Univ.); Professor(2013, Shinshu Univ.)Our core technology is based on innovative nano-materials and advanced methods of synthesis. Our specialty is NANOSHEETS, which are materials that have a thickness of only 1 nm. Conducting state-of-the-art research in fundamental science and practical applications allows students to acquire not only skills in materials and chemical engineering, but also additional expertise so that they will be able to serve as researchers with a global mind.Outlook for researchGraduates have pursued careers in a vast variety of elds, including automotive, materials and chemical industries.Outlook for students after graduationA fuel-cell catalyst with Pt nanoparticles supported on carbon. Fuel cells are the key energy devices for the H2 economy since they generate clean energy.50 nm A nanosheet is the ultimate nanocrystal, just a few nanometers in thickness. Conducting nanosheets are used to create ultrafast charge storage.Top: Electrochemistry equipmentBottom: English seminar held every morning at 8:30Fiber Materials EngineeringFiber as the key to preventing global warming: Working not only to reduce CO2,but also to lower costsDepartment of Chemistry and MaterialsI am researching a new technology for separating and collecting CO2 from exhaust fumes. Specifically, by applying an absorbing liquid that reacts with CO2 to the inside of a cylindrical hollow fiber membrane, I hope to absorb only the CO2 from the exhaust gas on the outside. If this technology can be developed, I expect it to lower the cost of separation and collection.Nobuhide TakahashiProfessorAfter obtaining his doctorate at Tokyo University, Professor Takahashi worked as an assistant professor and associate professor in the Faculty of Textile Science and Technology at Shinshu University before taking his current position in 2014. His areas of specialization are chemical engineering and environmental engineering, and he bases his research on the concept that CO2 + water + soil + sunlight + knowledge + technology = happiness.In addition to CO2 separation and collection technology, my research has ramications for tree-planting in dry areas as well as ecient conversion of wood biomass to solid fuel̶all areas that suggest it has immediate application to solving environmental and energy problems and contributing to the prevention of global warming.Outlook for researchGraduates pursue diverse paths in addition to employment at chemical plant manufacturers and water treatment technology companies.Outlook for students after graduationA student analyzes the process of absorbing CO2 using a hollow ber membrane to compare its eectiveness. Students designed the absorption and diusion device themselves and carry out their own experiments.Students are examining the eects of membrane pore size and surface shape on CO2 absorption.Research and development on a new absorbent material based on biomass


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