EPFL Materials Science Students Visit Japan
Students studying materials science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL) made a fruitful study trip to Japan, gaining insight into Japan’s industry and research world, and understanding the challenges faced by material scientists and engineers.
The group of 30 visited academic and industrial institutions including the University of Tokyo, Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., Mitsubishi Rayon Co. and the National Institute for Material Sciences (NIMS) during their one week trip.
They enjoyed lively discussions with their counterparts in the Department of Materials Science at the University of Tokyo in the classroom as well as over dinner. Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal gave a tour of the company’s Kimitsu Works factory and Mitsubishi Rayon presented its carbon fiber and plastic optical fiber businesses to the students.
The lab tours provided by NIMS covered a broad range of topics: photovoltaic materials, superconducting wires for future energy applications, geo-materials for environmental remediation, filtering and purification of water, high voltage transmission electron microscope and ultrahigh vacuum, and high magnetic fields.
Of course, the students did not miss the opportunity to experience the traditional as well as modern culture of Japan; their tour started with a visit to the Akihabara district and Tokyo Sky Tree in Tokyo, and ended with admiring Kurama-dera temple, Kurama onsen hot springs and Arashiyama in Kyoto.
Photos provided by the visiting EPFL students.