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Research by Special Contract Professor Kaneko’s group is published on Nature Materials

2017.09.22

Research by Special Contract Professor Kaneko’s group is published on Nature Materials
記者会見で説明する金子教授(右)
二村研究員、飯山准教授

The research group, led by Special Contract Professor K. Kaneko, discovered a unique phenomenon that the ordering structure of ions in carbon nanopores is not described by the Coulomb law.

Professor Patrice Simon (Université Paul Sabatier – Toulouse III, France) and Professor Yury Gogotsi (Drexel University, USA), both Distinguished Visiting Professor at Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research at Shinshu University, highly contributed to this research, explicitly indicating the significance of collaboration with Distinguished Visiting professors.

This research is published in Nature Materials on September 19th (doi: 10.1038/nmat4974)
The present research firstly evidences that cations or anions are associated each other in the carbon nanopores whose width is fit for ions, although cations or anions mutually repel in the bulk phase due to the Coulomb law. The breaking of the Coulombic ordering comes from the image charges induced in the carbon walls.


The new understanding of ions confined in carbon nanopores promotes developing higher powered energy storage devices (super capacitor) and provides new insights in other research fields.



The research group held press conference on September 21st, 2017. Dr. Ryusuke Futamura, the first author of the paper and Associate Professor Taku Iiyama also attended the press conference.




"Partial breaking of the Coulombic ordering of ionic liquids confined in carbon nanopores"
Ryusuke Futamura, Taku Iiyama, Yuma Takasaki, Yury Gogotsi, Mark J. Biggs, Mathieu Salanne, Julie Ségalini, Patrice Simon & Katsumi Kaneko
Nature Materials (2017) doi:10.1038/nmat4974




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Article about this research on Drexel University site.


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Associate Professor Zettsu is chosen as the Fourth "Rising Star" Researcher of ICCER

2017.04.12

Associate Professor Zettsu is chosen as the Fourth
笑顔の是津准教授(中央)と中村群長(左)、濱田学長(右)

 Associate Professor Zettsu, Energy storage Gr at the cernter for Energy and Environmental Science, and Faculty of Engineering, has been chozen for "Rising Star" researcher of ICCER.

On April 3, 2017, a ceremony to officially designate the fourth "Rising Star" (RS) researcher at Shinshu University was held.


Dr. Zettsu, specializing in the field of material science for energy conversion, has earned many public research grants and other academic accomplishments. Those achievements have contributed to his outstanding evaluation as a faculty member of Shinshu University.


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Physics Central pick up an academic journal of Dr. Nakata

2016.11.02

Physics Central pick up an academic journal of Dr. Nakata
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対称性の破れたチェッカーボードが裏側の世界へ遷移する

 A research paper with title "Anisotropic Babinet-invertible metasurfaces to realize transmission-reflection switching for orthogonal polarizations of light," by Dr. Yosuke Nakata,(Optical Devices Group, Center for Energy and Environmental Science at Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research, Shinshu University) was published in Physical Review Applied and featured on a blog "Physics Buzz" in Physics Central.

The blog describes that checkerboard patterns, widely used for furniture, floors, shoes, pastries or the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games logo, are now used to realize cutting-edge optical devices.

Physical Review Applied is an online journal by American Physical Society publishing academic papers from physicists around the world,and aims at bridging the gap between the physics and engineering.


Physics Central "Physics Buzz"
http://physicsbuzz.physicscentral.com/2016/10/manipulating-light-by-checkerboard.html

Research Paper
http://journals.aps.org/prapplied/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevApplied.6.044022


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Professor Sugimoto, Deputy Director of X-Breed, was Commended by the JSPS

2016.09.20

Professor Sugimoto, Deputy Director of X-Breed, was Commended by the JSPS
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 Professor Wataru Sugimoto, Deputy Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Science (X-breed), the Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research (ICCER) and professor of materials chemistry in The Department of Textile Science and Technology, was commended by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) for his efforts as a peer reviewer on the 2015 Research Fellowship for Young Scientists Review Board and the International Projects Committee.


 Professor Sugimoto was honored for his meaningful contributions for giving opinions provided during JSPS document-based examinations as part of Research Fellowship for Young Scientists and International Exchange Project review sessions.

Professor Sugimoto was recognized for document examination activities based on verifications carried out at the JSPS Research Center for Science Systems following initial review sessions. Among 1,400 inspection committee candidates, he was selected as one of the 130 persons from approximately 700 eligible candidates who are at their second-year as reviewers. Although this screening process is carried out in three stages, the first-stage document-based examinations is the foundations for the rest of the screening process and is thus extremely important.


On September 16, 2016, Shinshu University President Kunihiro Hamada presented Professor Sugimoto a written notification of his recognition and an official certificate of the commendation.



■ Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) website:
https://www.jsps.go.jp/j-pd/pd_senmonhyosho.html


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X-Breed Seminar by Distinguished Visiting Professor Annabella Selloni

2016.09.12

X-Breed Seminar by Distinguished Visiting Professor Annabella Selloni

 Professor Annabella Selloni, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Center for Energy and Environmental Science, Interdisciplinary Cluster for Cutting Edge Research Shinshu University, had stayed at Shinshu University and gave seminars on September 6th and 8th.

On September 6th, she talked about "Materials and Processes in Photocatalysis: A Theoretical Perspective." to general faculty members of University. On September 8th, "Facet-dependent Trapping and Dynamics of Photoexcited Electrons and Holes at TiO2 Anatase Surfaces and Aqueous Interfaces" was primarily targeted at researchers.

Large audience attended both seminar sessions and have learned a lot about Professor Selloni's research.


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