「QUADRANT AWARD 2011」受賞者決定



【受賞】「QUADRANT AWARD 2011」受賞者決定。エンプラおよび複合材に関わる博士論文、日本人が初の1位を受賞

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2011年 2月 04日(金曜日) 14:28
 三菱樹脂株㈱(東京都中央日本橋人形町1-10-5、http://www.mpi.co.jp/)の連結子会社であるQuadrant(クオドラント)AG(スイス・チューリッヒ)が主催する「QUADRANT AWARD 2011」の最終選考会が、1月22日、チューリッヒのスイス連邦工科大学(Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)において開催され、最終候補者6名の中から、梶谷忠志博士が第1位に選ばれた。日本人の1位受賞は今回が初めて。
 「QUADRANT AWARD」は、エンジニアリングプラスチックや複合材材料の研究開発に取り組む研究者の育成と産学の連携に対する支援を目的に、2005年にQuadrantグループが創設した博士論文の表彰制度。「エンジニアリングプラスチックもしくは複合材の材料や加工」に関わる博士論文を対象に2年に一度開催されており、第4回となる今回は、2008年10月1日からの2年間に博士号を取得した博士論文が対象となった。り世界各国から応募された43の論文から事前審査で6つの論文が選ばれ、1月22日に最終選考会と表彰式が行われた。受賞者は以下の通り。賞金は、1位15,000ユーロ、2位7,000ユーロ、3位3,000ユーロ。

〈受賞者〉
1位 Dr.梶谷忠志/東京大学(日本)
テーマ:高分子溶液の液滴乾燥過程のダイナミクス


2011.01.26

物理工学専攻博士後期課程修了者 梶谷忠志氏 Quadrant Award 2011 受賞
2010年3月に物理工学専攻博士後期課程を修了した梶谷 忠志 氏(土井研究室、
現在・パリ第7大学)の博士論文 "Dynamics of the Drying Process of Polymer
Solution Droplets"(高分子溶液の液滴乾燥過程のダイナミクス)が、Quadrant
Award 2011の一等賞を受賞しました。
Quadrant Award は高機能プラスチックや複合材料に関する博士課程の研究に対
して与えられる賞で、Quadrant社により2005年に創設されたものです。全世界の
博士号取得者を対象に隔年で選考が行われ、一等から三等まで各1名が選出され
ます。一等の受賞者には賞金として15000ユーロが贈られます。



土井研究室
http://rheo.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp/modules/Research/?easiestml_lang=xlang%3Aja



ソフトマター物理

ソフトマターとは我々の体をつくっている生体物質のように柔らかな物質の事です。 ソフトマターの中には高分子や分子集合体が原子に比べてはるかに大きなスケールの構造をつくって存在しています。そのため、液体でありながら弾性体のような性質を示したり、弾性体でありながら、小さな力で、変形、流動します。これらの現象は、食品など身近なところにたくさん見られますが、それだけでなく、集積回路の製造、 コピーや印刷、液晶表示など現在の技術の様々な分野で重要となっています。また、DDS(Drug Delivery System),MEMS(Micro Electro Mechanical System)などこれからの技術においても重要となります。 土井研究室では、ソフトマターの流動・変形・物質拡散などのレオロジー現象を研究しています。研究室の最近のテーマは、微少レオロジー現象です。高分子液滴の乾燥、接着や剥離、界面でのすべりと摩擦、界面導電現象などは印刷、塗布、MEMESなどの技術の基礎ですが、わからないことがたくさんあります。例えば、乾燥後の液滴の形状はどのような要因できまっているか? 粘着剤の強度をコントロールするにはどうすればよいか? ゴムの摩擦はなぜ高く、ゲルの摩擦はなぜ低いか? などは身近な問題ですが、応用上も重要な問題です。 私たちの目標は、これらの現象を言葉で説明するだけでなく、現象を記述するモデルを構築し、シミュレーションと実験によって確かめ、モデルを確認して行くことです。そのために実験・理論・シミュレーションを組み合わせた研究を行っています。


高分子溶液の乾燥過程 (実験、理論・シミュレーション)
やわらかい粘弾性体の粘着・剥離現象 (実験、理論・シミュレーション)
ゲルのすべり摩擦 (実験、理論・シミュレーション)
電解質ゲルのヘテロ結合界面ダイナミクス (実験、理論・シミュレーション)





2位 Dr.ノーマン・リッヒンゲル/スイス連邦工科大学チューリヒ校(スイス)
テーマ:金属ナノ粒子をベースとしたコンポジット材料

3位 Dr.ミッシェル・ザイツ /ノースウェスタン大学(米国)
テーマ:トリブロックコポリマーゲル-構造、破壊挙動とセラミック成形への応用
※大学名は、博士号の取得大学を記載

〈審査委員〉
1)フォルケル・アルシュタッド教授、バイロイト大学(ドイツ)
2)グレン・フレデリクソン教授、カリフォルニア大学サンタバーバラ校(米国)
3)マルティン・グルーベル教授、イリノイ大学アーバナ・シャンペーン校(米国)
4)ジャン・アンダース・マンソン教授、スイス連邦工科大学ローザンヌ校(スイス)
5)西 敏夫教授、東北大学(日本)
6)イグナス・ヴェルペスト教授、ルーヴェン・カトリック大学(ベルギー)

〈Quadrantグループ〉
 世界20カ国に拠点を有し、エンジニアリングプラスチック製品やガラス長繊維複合材、射出成形品などの事業をグローバルに展開していグループ。日本においても、日本ポリペンコ株式会社などの3社の子会社を有している。また、2009年には、三菱樹脂との戦略的事業提携を実施し、三菱樹脂グループと広範な事業において連携を図っている。


受賞者(左からDr.ミッシェル・ザイツ、Dr.梶谷忠志、Dr.ノーマン・リッヒンゲル)

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表彰式
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最終更新 2011年 2月 04日(金曜日) 15:18
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Presentation of the Quadrant Award 2011
Zurich, January 27, 2011 - Quadrant, a global leader in the manufacturing of high-performance thermoplastics and composites, conferred the coveted international «Quadrant Award» for the fourth time on Saturday, January 22, 2011. The international invitation to submit entries for the award was addressed to graduates who had written a doctoral thesis in the field of «Materials and processes related to engineering and high-performance plastics and composites» between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2010. This scientific award with a first prize of EUR 15 000 was won by the Japanese researcher Dr. Tadashi Kajiya, who wrote his thesis at The University of Tokyo, Japan, and is now pursuing post-doctoral studies at the Laboratoire Matière et Systèmes Complexes of the Université Paris Diderot, France. The second prize of EUR 7 000 went to the Swiss scientist Dr. Norman Lüchinger, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland. Dr. Lüchinger is currently in charge for the materials development at Nanograde, a spin-off company of the ETH which he co-founded during his PhD. The winner of the third prize of EUR 3 000 was Dr. Michelle Seitz, USA, at Northwestern University, USA. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and since January 2011 has been working as a Research Scientist at DSM in the Netherlands. Also honored were three Quadrant Award 2011 Finalists: Dr. Stephen Anthony and Dr. Benjamin Blaiszik, both from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, and Dr. Ayse Asatekin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. The event took place at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.

The academic jury awarded the first prize to Tadashi Kajiya for his thesis entitled «Dynamics of the Drying Process of Polymer Solution Droplets». «In his PhD thesis, Dr. Kajiya tackled the fundamental problem of surface deposition from evaporating microdroplets. The problem, affectionately known as the ‘coffee ring effect,’ results in too much deposition near the rim of evaporating droplets, and has many applications to microprinting onto polymers and other processes requiring uniform deposition of substrate from evaporating films. With his apparatus, Kajiya measured droplet shape and polymer column density, enabling him to accurately model the deposition profiles. This inspired him to apply the Marangoni effect to solve the problem, and create uniform deposition profiles through the addition of surfactants.»

The second prize was awarded for the thesis entitled «Metal Nanoparticle Based Composite Materials» by Norman Lüchinger. «The work presented by Dr. Lüchinger showcases a highly innovative problem solving approach. The problems at hand ranged from the production of plastically formable polymeric materials with powerful magnetic properties, to membranes templated by nanoparticles. In his work he addresses hurdles pragmatically by scientific reasoning and experimental studies. Furthermore, Dr Lüchinger has shown how good research can be brought to the industrial scale rapidly, being closely involved in the creation of a start-up company based on his thesis work.».

Michelle Seitz was awarded a prize for her thesis entitled «Triblock Copolymer Gels – Structure, Fracture Behavior and Application in Ceramic Processing». The jury was impressed with «the outstanding quality of Dr. Seitz’ thesis and presentation, which brought together clever experimental design of a model system, elegant structural and rheological characterization, non-linear mechanical tests, and state-of-the-art theory. Her controlled gels with polymer-linked, self assembled micelles were coupled with beautiful fracture morphology studies. The rigor and depth of the data analysis were exemplary.».

Also recognized were thesis works of Dr. Stephen Anthony, Dr. Ayse Asatekin, and Dr. Benjamin Blaiszik who presented invited lectures as 2011 Quadrant Award Finalists.

The members of the academic jury are on the staff of internationally acclaimed universities or institutions, have many years of experience in the field of materials and plastic sciences and supervise numerous doctoral candidates annually. The six members of the academic jury are:

Professor Dr. Volker Altstädt
Director of the Department of Polymer Engineering / University of Bayreuth, Germany

Professor Dr. Glenn H. Fredrickson
Mitsubishi Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials / University of California, Santa Barbara, USA

Professor Dr. Martin Gruebele
James R. Eiszner Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Physics, and Professor of Biophysics and Computational Biology / University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Professor Dr. Jan-Anders Månson
Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Technology / École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Professor Dr. Toshio Nishi
Principal Investigator und Professor / WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan

Professor Dr. Ignaas Verpoest
Professor in Composite Materials at the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering and President of the Leuven Materials Research Centre / Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Professor Dr. Paolo Ermanni, ETH Zurich, Centre of Structure Technologies, presided at the event as a non-jury member.

The number of international entries received was very encouraging (43 in total), and especially also the quality of the papers submitted. The launch of the international Quadrant Award is intended to foster talent worldwide and facilitate access to industry for plastics scientists and engineers after completion of their academic training. Quadrant also aims to make a contribution in building a bridge between industry and academia. The next Quadrant Award is planned to be conferred in 2013.

The award presented was designed by the internationally distinguished Swiss artist Beat Zoderer. The design of the artist's multiple is based on the artist's idea that thermoplastics can be worked in the liquid state. Liquid plastic dripping on to an object such as paper or a panel forms drops of different sizes, which also resemble the emergence of innovative ideas in the form of «drops of imagination». Beat Zoderer has translated this idea into a relief landscape of circles. The base material used was a sheet of Ertacetal C blue 50 plastic produced at Quadrant's plant in Tielt, Belgium.

Quadrant is a leading global manufacturer of high-performance thermoplastic materials in the form of semi-finished products and finished parts with locations in 20 countries and more than 2 000 employees. Its specialty engineering thermoplastics and composites are superior in performance to metals and other materials and are used in a growing number of applications, primarily in the capital goods industry. Together with leaders in a wide range of customer markets, Quadrant is continuously developing new areas of application. With its strategic partner, Mitsubishi Plastics, Quadrant is well prepared to expand its market leadership position in the future.

Further information can be obtained from:

René-Pierre Müller, Chief Executive Officer, rene.mueller@qplas.com

Quadrant AG, Talstrasse 70, CH-8001 Zurich
Phone +41 (0)44 213 66 66, Fax +41 (0)44 213 66 99

The winners of the Quadrant Award 2011 (left to right): Dr. Michelle Seitz (3rd prize), Northwestern University, USA, Dr. Tadashi Kajiya (1st prize), The University of Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Norman Lüchinger (2nd prize), ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Group photograph of all candidates, the academic jury, the event chairman, the organizers and the Quadrant Award Winner 2007 (from left to right). Seated: candidates Dr. Benjamin Blaiszik (Finalist), Dr. Michelle Seitz (winner of the 3rd prize), Dr. Tadashi Kajiya (1st prize), Dr. Norman Lüchinger (2nd prize), Dr. Stephen Anthony (Finalist) and Astrid Keller (Quadrant). Standing: Prof. Dr. Paolo Ermanni, ETH Zurich (Moderation), Prof. Dr. Jan-Anders Månson, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Prof. Dr. Toshio Nishi, WPI Advanced Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Japan, Dr. René-Pierre Müller (Executive Member of the Board Quadrant), Prof. Dr. Ignaas Verpoest, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, Prof. Dr. Glenn H. Fredrickson, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, Prof. Dr. Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois, USA, Prof. Dr. Volker Altstädt, University of Bayreuth, Germany, Woo Soo Kim, Quadrant Award Winner 2007. Not on the picture: Dr. Ayse Asatekin (Finalist)
by momotaro-sakura | 2011-02-06 10:09