Japan is a top priority

Anchored by the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN)-National Institute for Materials Research (NIMS) workshop in Tsukuba, and the NanoTech 2010 conference in Tokyo, a ten (10) person WIN delegation (Arthur Carty, Alain Francq, Frank Gu, Holger Kleinke, David Ji, Leonardo Simon, Michael Tam, Shirley Tang, Mustafa Yavuz and John Yeow) took full advantage of both formal and informal meetings to aggressively advance the objective of "international research collaboration" with one of the world’s top nanotechnology counties.

A photo of Sukekatsu Ushioda (President of NIMS) and Arthur Carty (President of WIN) signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

The primary focus of the WIN NanoJapan Mission was to hold a 2 day workshop in nanomaterials for energy and nano-biomedicine at the National Institute for Materials Science and to conclude a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) partnership signing.

The workshop included 25 NIMS-WIN faculty members resulting in many individual connections and three (3) identified projects. WIN-NIMS are considering funding exchanges for these identified projects to kick start the relationship. WIN is also looking to create a NIMS office to permanently anchor the relationship at Waterloo. A formal MoU signing was organized by the Canadian embassy and completed in front of an audience at the Canadian ambassador’s residence. Planning is already underway for a reciprocal WIN-NIMS workshop to be held in Waterloo in July.

A group photo of the 2010 WIN-NIMS workshop in Tskuba, Japan.

With a packed itinerary, WIN delegates also met with the following organizations:

  • Tokyo University of Science
  • Tohoku University
  • Mitsui & Co. Ltd
  • Toyo University
  • NanoCarriers
  • Vitamin C60 BioResearch Corporation
  • Yamagata University
  • University at Tokyo
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Mazda