MRS-J News Vol.16 No.2  May. 2004

To the Overseas Members of MRS-J

Letter from President・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ p. 1
Professor Osamu TAKAI, President of the MRS-J, Professor of Nagoya University
  As a president of the MRS-J in 2004, I would, with your help, like to describe following six issues that MRS-J has to be solved in the future.
(1) Propose a raise of the annual regular membership fee that will roadmap a future stable financial basement of the MRS-J.
(2) Management of the MRS-J is the main objective that we must recognize to find a solution this year. Currently, with the help of SNTT, every vice-president's volunteer hours have been devoted in developing our MRS-J.
(3) You are solicited to join as a planner of the Academic symposium to be held at the Kanda Campus, Nihon University, December 26-27, 2004.We hope get together with your colleagues to join us in Tokyo.
(4) Publications of Newsletter and Transactions will be continuing publishing to maintain MRS-J's viability.
(5) Further dedication to the IUMRS international activities, this will be an important raison d'etre for commitment to international academic activities of the MRS-J.
(6) Vitalization and new founding of Regional sections that would provide you interesting and enjoyable meetings.
  Again I would stress and appreciate that all the revitalization is the result of many members' efforts in developing YOUR MRS-J.
  Thank you.

Advanced Development & Supporting Center, RIKEN ・・・・・ p. 2
Dr. Masaya IWAKI, Director, Advanced Development & Supporting Center, RIKEN.
  AD&S center which started in October, 2003, designs and fabricates a wide range of research instruments and apparatus ordered by researchers, and conducts anticipatory development of basic technologies new machining and engineering methods. The center also performs control and operations of shared-use instruments and activities in analyses and characterization for various kinds of substances and materials related to a wide range of research activities as requested by researchers. In addition, it plans, promotes, and manages the joint research and development of advanced research instruments with researchers. AD&S center consists of seven teams; Planning and Promotion Team, Rapid Engineering Team, Advanced Engineering Team, Beam Application Team, Molecular Characterization Team, Chemical Analysis Team, and Biomolecular Characterization Team. Each team is especially characteristic from the standpoint of support system, and the research subjects and results can be found in the reports of each team. AD&S center also promotes joint research with public research organizations and companies.

■ Designing of Nanocarbons by Using Polymer Blend Technique・・・・・・・・・ p. 4
Prof. Asao OYA, Graduate School of Engineering, Gunma University
  Polymer blend technique is used to design various shapes of nanocarbons. Two kinds of polymer s are used; one is a carbon precursor polymer (CPP) and another a thermally decomposable polymer (TDP) with no carbon residue. A polymer blend texture using two polymers is designed in view of a shape of nanocarbon aimed. The polymer blend is stabilized and carbonized. A nanocarbon with memory of the blend texture is derived from CPP after removal of TDP at carbonization.

Themes and Chairs of the MRS-Annual Sympposium 2004 are Invited・・・・・・・・・・・・p. 7
  Organizing committee of the MRS-J Annual Symposium invites themes and chairs that will be presented at the 2004 MRS-J Annual Meeting to be held at the Ochanomizu Campus of the Nihon University, December 23-24, 2004. Scientists or researchers who wish to organize topical sessions would welcome to join the MRS-J 2004 Annual Symposium to encourage discussion, to stimulate disciplinary collaboration and to strength cross-border linkages in the multidisciplinary fields of materials communities. For further information please ask to Professor Katsuo Oda, IIS, the University of Tokyo,

Members in the News
  Dr. Teruo KISHI, president of the MRS-J (president of the National Institute of Materials Science) was raised to the National Distinguished Service Medal from the government of the French Republic on March 16, 2004.
  Founding of Japan-France networking relating to the nanotechnology and materials sciences, and dedication to the research interchanges and collaborations between two countries are evaluated.