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Two KUT students receive poster awards at ISHA 2018 international conference

At ISHA 2018, the 6th International Solvothermal and Hydrothermal Association Conference, held at Tohoku University August 8-12, 2018, two KUT students from the Laboratory for Organic-inorganic Hybrid Material Chemistry (directed by Professor Kazuya Kobiro) received graduate student awards.

This conference, held annually since 2006, attracts scientists and engineers from around the world for activities such as research outcome presentations, information exchange and human exchange related to fundamental research on hydrothermal and solvothermal reactions, and applications for nanostructured materials creation and product manufacturing.

Three of the 50 oral poster presentations were selected for awards. Two of the three were by KUT students, making it a great day for KUT.

【Mr. Yoshitaka Kumabe, first year doctoral student in the Engineering Course, Graduate School of Engineering】

Title: Synthesis of Nb₂O₅ Nanoparticles with Different Morphology and Crystal Structure

We have developed a very simple one-step solvothermal synthesis method for obtaining spherical Nb2O5 nanoparticle porous body, a functional substance with a large surface area. The process of changing form to hexagonal needle crystals by raising the reaction temperature was explored in detail.

I am honored and pleased to receive a graduate student award at an international conference. I am grateful for the cooperation and support of many people, particularly Professor Kobiro. I will continue to work hard and try to make further achievements.

【Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Hien, third year doctoral student in the Engineering Course, Graduate School of Engineering】

Title: A Simple Solvothermal Preparation of Silica-Ceria Nanocomposite

We have developed a simple single-step method for synthesizing silica ceria nanoparticle composite, which has until now been regarded as difficult to synthesize. We found that this nanoparticle composite has surprising heat resistance, and that the specific surface area decreases little even when kept at 850°C for 3 hours.

I am honored to have received a graduate student award at the ISHA 2018 international conference. I am grateful to Professor Kobiro and Lecturer Ohtani for their guidance of my research. I am greatly encouraged by this award, and I would like to continue with such research activities in the future.