The ECS Yamagata University Student Chapter in Japan has been very active, organizing symposia on November 20 and 17 December, 2019.
6th ECS Yamagata University Student Chapter Symposium
The 6th ECS Yamagata University (YU) Student Chapter Symposium featured Dr. Philipp Stadler, Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria. His lecture, “Conductive Biopolymers as Sustainable Electrocatalysts,” covered the research background to the serious problems caused by global climate change and the scarcity of resources for developing sustainable technology. He presented recent progress on metal-free organic conductive polymer catalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and CO2 reduction reaction (CO2RR). A lively discussion followed as the talk was directly related to YU students’ research.
The symposia provide valuable opportunities for students to gain experience. Graduate students collaborating with Dr. Stadler’s group presented research. Hiroto Yamaguchi, an undergrad, presented a talk—“Synthesis of Viologen/Indanyl Organic Salts and Their CT Propertie”—for the first time in English. Satoshi Chubachi, also an undergrad, served as moderator for the student session.
7th ECS Yamagata University Student Chapter Symposium
The 7th ECS Yamagata University Student Chapter Symposium featured three invited speakers. Professor Klaus Meerholz, chair of the Cologne Graduate School of Chemistry at The University of Cologne, Germany, discussed his research on printable organic electronics. Professor Xia Long, Peking University Shenzhen Graduate School, China, reviewed her novel nano hybrid materials for electrocatalysis and photocatalysis. Dr. Lina Sun of the Innovation Center for Organic Electronics (INOEL), Yamagata University, presented research on low temperature solution processing of thin film encapsulation of organic light emitting diodes.
ECS student chapters
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