Background and objectives of the symposium

Climate change, rapid population growth, and related global issues have led to the launch of international initiatives with the aim of developing innovative science and technology to build the infrastructure for a sustainable society based on clean energy and green environment. Specifically, to meet these challenges for ‘Future Earth’, scientists and engineers are focusing their efforts on interdisciplinary research including energy materials, surface science, molecular and nanocatalysis chemistry, and development of related energy-based science and technology.

With this background, this international symposium was inspired in response to growing calls for a scientific platform for the global community of researchers active in materials research, characterization/imaging with synchrotron radiation in situ/operando XAFS, and X-ray based techniques (CT, TXM, AP-HAXPES, RIXS, XRD, etc.), to meet, share, and discuss their latest discoveries in these critical and rapidly evolving disciplines.

We look forward to your participation.
Registration deadline: September 30 (Sat), 2017

Areas covered by the symposium

Synthesis, functions, and devices

  • Novel energy nanomaterials, catalysts and surfaces
  • Catalysts and interfaces specifically designed for green processes
  • Fuel cells, batteries, and photovoltaic devices and systems
  • Electrocatalysts and photocatalysts
  • Applied optics
  • Other related topics

Methodology and Characterization

  • XAFS; e.g. in situ/operando, time-resolved, imaging (spatially resolved), MD, etc.
  • Imaging and visualization; e.g. synchrotron CT, TXM, etc.
  • Synchrotron X-ray based techniques; e.g. AP-HAXPES, AP-XPS, RIXS, XES, XRD, etc.
  • XFEL
  • Theory, calculations, and simulations
  • Others

Invited Talk

Plenary lecture:
  Kiyotaka Asakura, Hokkaido Univ., Japan
Polarization-dependent Fluorescence XAFS Studies on Fuel Cell Catalysts
  Xinhe Bao, Dalian Inst. Chemical Physics, China
Chainmail for Catalyst — the Role of Penetrating Electron in Catalysis
  Suresh Bhargava, Royal Melbourne Inst. Technology, Australia
3D Catalysis: Catalyst Development and Process Intensification
 Anatoly I. Frenkel, Stony Brook Univ., Brookhaven Nat. Lab., USA
Cutting the Gordian Knots at the Nanoscale by in situ XAFS
  Yoshitaka Okada, Univ. Tokyo, Japan
Advanced Photovoltaics: Challenges Towards 50% Efficiency

Keynote lecture:
  Wendy Flavell, Univ. Manchester, UK
Surface and Interface Chemistry in Next Generation Solar Cells
  Yasuhiro Inada, Ritsumeikan Univ., Japan
Advanced XAFS Techniques for Direct Characterization of Active Species of Catalysts and Batteries
  Carlo Lamberti, Torino Univ., Italy
In situ and Operando XAFS Characterization of Functionalized MOFs
 Mizuki Tada, Nagoya Univ., Japan
Visualization of Heterogeneity of Solid Catalysts
  Jeroen van Bokhoven, ETH, Switzerland
Observing Single Particles: How Supports Affect the Spillover of Hydrogen

Invited lecture:
  Jean-François Guillemoles, CNRS, France
To be announced
  Daisuke Hashizume, Riken, Japan
To be announced
  HONDA, Japan
To be announced
  Akihiro Iiyama, Univ. Yamanashi, Japan
Recent R & D of Fuel Cell Catalysts and Polymer Electrolytes with Superlative, Stable, and Scalable Performance
  Takaya Kubo, Univ. Tokyo, Japan
Colloidal Quantum Dot-based Hybrid Nanomaterials Towards Solution Processed High Efficiency Solar Cells
  Jae Sung Lee, Ulsan National Inst. Science & Technology, Korea
XAFS Studies of Catalysts for CO2-to-Liquid Fuels Conversions
 Florian Meirer, Utrecht Univ., The Netherlands
In-situ and Multi-modal X-ray Microscopy of Heterogeneous Catalysts
  Jin Nakamura, Univ. of Electro-Communications, Japan
To be announced
  Yasumasa Takagi, Inst. Molecular Science, Japan
In-situ Ambient Pressure Hard X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopic Study of Electrodes of Polymer Electrolyte Fuel Cells
  Masamitsu Takahashi, QST, Japan
Nano-scale Monitoring of the Growth of Semiconductor Photovoltaic Materials Using in situ X-ray Diffraction
  TOYOTA, Japan
To be announced
  Makina Yabashi, RIKEN SPring-8 Center, Japan
Status and Perspective of a Compact X-ray Free Electron Laser Facility SACLA
  Shuhei Yagi, Saitama Univ., Japan
Nanostructured Dilute Nitride Alloys for High-Efficiency Solar Cells
  Hoydoo You, Argonne National Lab., USA
Coherent X-ray Scattering and Imaging of Electrode Interfaces and Nanocrystals

Special lecture:
  Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan
To be announced

Cooperation from academic societies

Catalysis Society of Japan, The Chemical Society of Japan, The Electrochemical Society of Japan, The Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, The Japan Society of Applied Physics, Japan Society of Coordination Chemistry, Japan Society for Molecular Science, The Japanese Society for Synchrotron Radiation Research, The Japanese XAFS Society, The Physical Society of Japan, The Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan, The Society of Nano Science and Technology, The Surface Science Society of Japan

Under the auspices of(in negotiations)

Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)


The University of Electro-Communications (Building B), 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo 182-8585, Japan

Organizing Committee

Honorary Chair
Takashi Fukuda, President
Yasuhiro Iwasawa, Former President of The Chemical Society of Japan, Catalysis Society of Japan, and The Surface Science Society of Japan
Vice Chair
Kazushi Nakano, Member of the Board of Directors
Program Chair
Yasuhiro Iwasawa
International Communications
Adarsh Sandhu, "Science" writer
Local Chair/Secretariat
Yoshihiro Yamakita

Tadafumi Ajiri (Tohoku Univ.), Yoshiyuki Amemiya (Univ. Tokyo), Haruhiko Andoh (METI/UEC), Kiyotaka Asakura (Hokkaido Univ.), Wang-Jae Chun (ICU), Kazuhiko Domae (Toyota Central R&D Labs.), Koichi Eguchi (Kyoto Univ.), Terunori Fujita (Mitsui Chemicals), Kenji Hara (Tokyo Univ. Technology), Akihiro Iiyama (Yamanashi Univ.), Hideto Imai (Nissan ARC), Minoru Inaba (Doshisha Univ.), Takayuki Ishida (UEC), Tetsuya Ishikawa (Riken SPring-8 Center), Hiroyuki Kanesaka (UEC/FC-Cubic), Masao Kimura (KEK), Takashi Kita (Kobe Univ.), Wataru Mitsuhashi (UEC), Atsushi Muramatsu (Tohoku Univ.), Nobuo Nakajima (UEC), Kinzo Nonomura (Megurokai), Masaharu Nomura (KEK), Eij Ohira (NEDO), Toshiaki Ohta (Ritsumeikan Univ.), Kenichiro Ota (Yokohama National Univ.), Retsu Oiwa (Scienta Omicron), Hidemi Oonaka (FC-Cubic), Adarsh Sandhu (UEC), Masao Tabuchi (Nagoya Univ.), Mizuki Tada (Nagoya Univ.), Jun Takano (Honda R&D), Masaki Takata (Tohoku Univ.), Motonori Tamura (UEC), Katsumi Tanaka (UEC), Ryotaro Tanaka (JASRI), Minoru Terano (JAIST), Tatsuya Tsukuda (Univ. Tokyo), Kohei Uosaki (NIMS), Tomoya Uruga (JASRI/UEC), Masahiro Watanabe (Univ. Yamanashi), Kohta Yamada (Asahi Glass), Koichi Yamaguchi (UEC), Yoshihiro Yamakita (UEC), Masanori Yasui (UEC), Toshihiko Yokoyama (IMS), Masaru Yoshitake (FCDIC), Hitoki Yoneda (UEC), Isamu Yoshimatsu (UEC)


Plenary Lectures, Invited Lectures, Contributed Papers, Posters

Abstract (one page)

Submission: May 1 (Mon) - June 30 (Fri), 2017


May 1 (Mon) – Sep. 30 (Sat), 2017
Fee 20,000 JPY (Student 3,000 JPY)


Oct. 29 (Sun)
Fee 7,000 JPY (Student 7,000 JPY)