A senior Japanese Researcher Professor Makoto Matsuura from the Institute of Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan visited CIIT Islamabad from September 19th to 21th, 2011. Prof. Matsuura has done his PhD in Materials Science and has been awarded as “Best Teacher” for the year 2007 from Miyagi National College of Technology because of his teaching and research skills.
Prof. Matsuura is currently pursuing research on bulk metallic glass group at the Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan. Tohoku University was ranked 5th overall in Japan and internationally ranked 20th in the field of Engineering and Technology and 39th in Natural Science by ARWU. It was ranked 49th worldwide according to the Global University Ranking in 2009.
On the 19th of September, Prof. Matsuura discussed collaborative initiatives with the senior faculty members of the Physics department of CIIT. Dr. Mubarak Ali, Dr. Muhammad Anis ur Rehman and Dr. Sadia Manzoor were specially invited to discuss the prospective research areas to be taken up in future. Other participants were also introduced to the Japanese professor and he elaborated his research findings and future work to them.
On 20th of September, Professor Matsuura introduced the Tohoku region, Sendai and Tohoku University. The professor also talked and presented through slides the earthquake which hit northern Japan on 11th March 2011 and the tsunami which took approximately 20,000 lives alongwith billion of dollars of damage to the infrastructure and the Fukushima Nuclear power plant. He also spoke about the benefits enjoyed by the Japanese people through the electricity produced from these nuclear power plants. However the irony is that this same nuclear power plants become a hazard for mankind. Prof. Matsuura informed that the tsunami produced tidal waves of the height ranging from 8 meters to 39 meters.
In the second portion of Prof. Matsuura’s talk he delivered a technical lecture entitled “Local structure characterization of a specific atom for nano material using XAFS.” This lecture was well received by the audience and they took keen interest. Consequently, it was followed by an interactive question and answer session.
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