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29 Sep 2016 Kusabana-zu: exhibition of contemporary Nihonga in London

We cordially invite members of the JSPS alumni to the Private View of Kusabana-zu and drinks receptions, to take place on Friday October 7th at Pure and Applied Conservation Framing, 169 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UW to the accompaniment of live Okinawan music.

Kusabana-zu features contemporary Nihonga painting with an emphasis on botanical art. The exhibition features ten leading Japanese Nihonga artists who follow this time-honoured Japanese painting technique, creating works using mineral pigments applied to washi hand-made paper.

We would also like to invite JSPS alumni to the exhibition talk and drinks reception, held at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation on Monday, 10th October from 6-8pm. The talk features the participating artists, who demonstrate the art of creating washi and mineral pigments.

Posted by Dr Jane Alaszewska (Research Associate, SOAS and JSPS alumni)

Otgonbayar Tsogt (Curator, kusabana-zu and former MEXT scholar)

12 Sep 2016 The 2nd UK-Japan Workshop on Solar Fuels and CO2 Conversion

Solar energy as the most abundant energy source has a potential to meet increasing energy demands. However in order to achieve the potential, substantial scientific and technological challenges have to be solved. Multi-country collaboration is crucial to efficiently overcome the challenges. Japan and the UK, each have their special but complementary research strength in this area. Therefore following the 1st UK-Japan bilateral workshop on Solar Fuels in September 2014, the “2nd UK-Japan Workshop on Solar Fuels and CO2 Conversion “ was held at British Embassy in Tokyo on 23-24 June 2016.

This workshop was organised by Dr. Junwang Tang, University College London (UCL), Prof. Osamu Ishitani (Tokyo Institute of Tech), Prof. Akihiko Kudo (Tokyo university of Science ) and Dr Erwin Reisner (Cambridge), sponsored by the UK SFN, RSC, UK FCO and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. The workshop was intended to enable in depth communication and detailed discussion on the materials challenges and underlying fundamentals for solar driven water splitting and CO2 conversion. It was further expected that long term and solid collaborations would be strengthened and new collaborations be initiated between two the counties after the workshop.  

In the two day workshop, more than 50 invited researchers from both sides discussed the different approaches to solar fuel synthesis, including water splitting and CO2 conversion by photocatalysis, PV+ photocatalysis and PV+ electrolysis. The conclusions are these technologies are working in parallel and either can be practically applied if it is economically feasible. Furthermore, the possibilities for future funding and a detailed student exchange plan were discussed as well as other new collaborations being initiated after the face-to-face discussion that took place. Finally, the possibility of the next workshop was also discussed.

Posted by Dr Junwang Tang, UCL

05 Sep 2016 Convection induced by instabilities in the presence of a transverse seepage


Authors: Takeshi Akinaga {a,c}, Tomoaki Itano {b}, Sotos Generalisc,{c,*}

* Corresponding author


The transition of laterally heated flows in a vertical layer and in the presence of a streamwise pressure gradient is examined numerically for the case of different values Prandtl number. The stability analysis of the basic flow for the pure hydrodynamic case (Pr = 0) was reported in [1]. We find that in the absence of transverse pumping the previously known critical parameters are recovered [2], while as the strength of the Poiseuille flow component is increased the convective motion is delayed considerably. Following the linear stability analysis for the vertical channel flow our attention is focused on a study of the finite am- plitude secondary travelling-wave (TW) solutions that develop from the perturbations of the transverse roll type imposed on the basic flow and temperature profiles. The linear stability of the secondary TWs against three-dimensional perturbations is also examined and it is shown that the bifurcating tertiary flows are phase-locked to the secondary TWs.

Journal: Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 91 (2016) pp 533–543

Published date: October 2016

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