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Materials Frontier No.125

Title:Strategy on Future Industry of Energy Storages in Japan

Speaker:Tetsuya Osaka,Professor of Applied Chemistry,Waseda University,President of the Electrochemical Society

Date/Time: 2013-12-5,10:00-12:00

Venue: Yiu Ching Leture Hall, Material Building A

Inviter: Dr. Tao HANG


  Tetsuya Osaka is a professor in the Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, a position he has held since 1986. He currently serves as Director of the Institute for Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Waseda University. At Waseda University, he was Director of the Department of Applied Chemistry from 1996 to 1998, Dean of Graduate School of Science and Engineering from 1998 to 2002, Provost of Research Promotion Division from 2002 to 2006, Director of the Waseda Research Institute for Science and Engineering, and Deputy Dean of Faculty of Research and Engineering from 2008 to 2010. He received his Doctor of Engineering degree in 1974 from Waseda University. In 1975, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Georgetown University, and in 1989 he served as a Visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota.
  Dr. Osaka is President of the Electrochemical Society (ECS) after serving as President of the Magnetics Society of Japan, President of the Electrochemical Society of Japan, President of the Japan Institute of Electronic Packaging, Vice-President of the Surface Finishing Society of Japan, Vice-President of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), and Chair of the ECS Japan Local Section.
  His research field is electrochemical technology, and his recent work is focused on electrochemical nanotechnology, including electro- and electroless-deposition/surface finishing, electronic packaging materials, magnetic storage and energy storage devices, and chemical- and bio-sensors. He has contributed as an author and/or editor to more than 90 books and published more than 900 original and review papers in these fields. He has been identified as one of the Highly Cited Researchers in the Materials Science category in Thomson ISI’s ISIHighlyCited.com (http://isihighlycited.com/).
  His technical contributions have been recognized by many awards including Medal with Purple Ribbon bestowed from the Decoration Bureau of the Cabinet Office, Japan in 2010, Prizes for Science and Technology in Development Category of the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology in 2008; the Society Award of the Magnetics Society of Japan in 2006; and the Chemical Society of Japan’s Award for 2003; the Pergamon Electrochimica Acta Gold Medal of ISE in 1998; the Society Award of The Electrochemical Society of Japan in 2001; the Society Award of the Surface Finishing Society of Japan in 1999; and the Simon Wernic International Award of the International Union for Surface Finishing in 1996. A member of ECS since 1979, Dr. Osaka served as a leading organizer and a co-editor of many proceedings volumes. He received the Research Award of the ECS Electrodeposition Division in 1996 and was elected an Honorary Member of Magnetics Society of Japan (2011), a Fellow of ECS (2002), IEEE (2002), IUPAC (2004), and ISE (2006).
  Today, the economic growth in China and India leads motorization in the countries. The motorization accelerates crises of fossil fuel shortage and environmental destruction. Therefore the widespread of green vehicles in future must be necessary. In addition, renewable energies, such as solar power and wind power whose energy generation depends on weather of the area, have been introduced to reduce the CO2 emission. In Japan, unfortunately, the serious accident of FUKUSHIMA atomic power plant occurred at March 11, 2011 due to the earthquake and tsunami. Consequently, the industry was dealt a serious blow by a lack of electric power. Then, the introduction of the renewable energies has been accelerated. Under the circumstance, energy storages have become one of the most important devices for green vehicles and power plants, such as solar and wind power.
  In the talk, I will introduce the market of energy storages and several examples on components for next generation batteries, such as an air cathode1, an sulfur cathode, a transition metal oxide for high voltage, and a silicon anode for long cycle life. Figure 1 shows an estimation of capacity increase by replacing the electrode materials of conventional LIB into those of next generation batteries. The figure strongly indicates the importance of development of both anode and cathode.
  Finally, I will indicate one of the ideas how industries surrounding energy storages in Japan reconstruct in the field.

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