Res. Chem. Intermed.
, Vol. 31, No. 4–6, pp. 273–274 (2005)
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The 2nd NIMS International Conference on Photocatalysis — Fundamentals and
Applications was held from February 1 to 3, 2004, at the Shonan Village Center in
Hayama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. The conference was sponsored by National
Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and supported by Kanagawa Academy of
Science and Technology (KAST).
The NIMS conference has been organized since 2002, with the aim of covering
the latest developments in one of the important research ﬁelds in Materials Science.
Succeeding the 1st NIMS Conference on Materials Solution for Photonics,the2nd
NIMS Conference 2004 was planned to focus on the recent topics of Photocatalysis,
in the home of the Honda–Fujishima Effect.
Research and development of photocatalysis have extensively been performed
worldwide to ﬁnd solutions for energy and environmental problems. Especially
applications of TiO
photocatalysis to environmental clean-up, such as air and
water puriﬁcation, self cleaning, etc., have been showing promising potential. The
2nd NIMS Conference successfully promoted interactions between experts from
academy, research institutions and industry who are engaged in photocatalysis
research, development, application and all others, and provided a forum for the
presentation, discussion and review of the latest advances in the ﬁeld of science
and technology of photocatalysis. The success of the conference is manifested by
the international participation of more than 150 participants from Japan, Germany,
Italy, the United States, China, South Korea, France, the United Kingdom, Canada,
Taiwan, the Czech Republic and other countries. The Plenary Lecture as the opening
talk given by Prof. A. Fujishima, the pioneer in the ﬁeld, was followed by 35
oral presentations, including the keynote lectures and invited talks. In addition, 62
posters were presented in the poster session. All presentations attracted keen interest
from participants. As the conference subtitle suggests, this was a comprehensive
symposium covering topics from basics to applied technology, which won high
marks from those participating. Due to the limitation of transport facilities, the
majority of participants lodged at the site and they continued to exchange ideas
until late at night, making this a particularly signiﬁcant event.