2013 “Chemistry Saves the Earth. Toward Sustainable Society”

Date: June 21, 2013
Venue: the Cosmos Club

Every year, the JSPS Washington Office holds its “Science in Japan” Forum for the purpose of promoting scientific exchange and joint research between the US and Japan through presentations on the latest research results in both countries.

This eighteenth forum in this series was held on 21 June at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC. Themed “Chemistry Saves the Earth. Toward Sustainable Society,” it featured a keynote speech by 2010 Nobel laureate in chemistry Dr. Ei-ichi Negishi and presentations by top-class researchers from the US and Japan. A total of more than 100 people, including researchers from universities, research institutes, and government agencies and members of the press, engaged in spirited Q&A discussions with the lecturers. At the following reception, the researchers from the two countries strengthened their friendly and collegial ties, drawing the curtain on yet another very fruitful forum.

Science in japan forumは、日米の最先端の研究成果を発表することにより、両国の学術交流と共同研究を促進させることを目的に毎年、日本学術振興会ワシントン研究連絡センターで開催している。

18回目を迎える本年度は、6月21日、ワシントン市内のCosmos Club にて、「触媒による持続可能な社会」をテーマに開催された。フォーラムでは、2010年にノーベル化学賞を受賞した根岸英一教授をキーノートスピーカに迎え、日米のトップクラスの研究者による研究発表が行われた。当日は、大学や研究所の研究者、連邦政府機関職員、マスコミ関係者をはじめ、総計100人以上の参加者が来場し、講演者との間で活発な質疑応答が行われた。シンポジウム終了後は、レセプションが開催され、日米の研究者の親交が深まるなど、第18回のシンポジウムは大盛況の内に幕を閉じた

The Eighteenth “SCIENCE IN JAPAN” Forum
“Chemistry Saves the Earth. Toward Sustainable Society”

at Cosmos Club, Washington DC on July 21, 2013
Sponsored by The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Co-sponsored by American Association for the Advancement of Science; American Chemical Society; Japan Science & Technology Agency; National Science Foundation; U.S. Department of Energy





Opening / Welcome

Osamu Shimomura
Director, Washington Office, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Yuichiro Anzai
President, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Cora B. Marrett
Acting Director, National Science Foundation

H. N. Cheng
Chair of International Activities Committee, American Chemical Society

Kenichiro Sasae
Ambassador, Embassy of Japan in the United States of America


Session 1(Chair: Osamu Shimomura)
Introduction to Artificial Photosynthesis:
How can we get through the Bottle Neck?

Haruo Inoue
Professor, Tokyo Metropolitan University

Science, Technology and Innovation Policy toward Sustainable Society

Masuo Aizawa
Counselor to the President, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Former Executive Member of Council for Science and Technology Policy



10:50am -12:00am

Session 2(Chair: Haruno Inoue)
Artificial Photosynthetic Chemical Process (ARPChem)

Kazunari Domen
Professor, The University of Tokyo

Sunlight-Driven Hydrogen Formation by Membrane-Supported
Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting

Nathan S. Lewis
Professor, California Institute of Technology


Lunch, hosted by JSPS


Session 3: Plenary Lecture(Chair: Daniel G. Nocera)
Magical Power of d-Block Transition Metal Catalysis as Exemplified in Pd-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling and Zr-Catalyzed Asymmetric Carboalumination of Alkenes

Ei-ichi Negishi

Professor, Purdue University., Nobel Laureate in Chemistry




Session 4: (Chair: Michael R. Wasilewski)

Finding the Way to Solar Fuels with Dye Sensitized Photoelectrosyntheisis Cells

Thomas J. Meyer

Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Water-splitting and oxygen-evolving photosystem II in natural

Nobuo Kamiya

Professor, Osaka City University

3:40pm -3:50pm


3:30pm -5:35pm

Session 5(Chair: Kazunari Domen)

Integrating Light Capture with Catalysis for Solar Fuels

Micahel R. Wasilewski

Professor, Northwestern University

Utilization of carbon dioxide using solar light: photocatalytic reduction

Osamu Ishitani

Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Power curves of the artificial leaf

Daniel G. Nocera

Professor, Harvard University


Closing Remarks

Thomas J. Meyer

Professor, University of the North Carolina at Chapel Hill




Reception (Spouses are welcome)

JSPS Tokyo HQ website

JSPS Tokyo HQ website

US and Canada JSPS Alumni Association

US and Canada JSPS Alumni Association website


Global Researcher Network

United Japanese researchers Around the world

United Japanese researchers Around the world website

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