The Japan-Russia Joint Project on Advanced Analytical Chemistry was carried out at the Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University in 2020.
Period: July 1, 2020–March 31, 2021
Participating Universities: Hokkaido University, Tohoku University, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Academy of Sciences, and D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia
Participants: 12 people (1 faculty member and 2 students from Hokkaido University, 2 faculty members from Tohoku University, 1 faculty member and 3 students from MSU, 1 faculty member from RAS, 2 students from D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology)
Hokkaido University has been conducting a Japan-Russia joint project on advanced analytical chemistry with Moscow State University since FY2018 under the leadership of Professor Manabu Tokeshi of the Faculty of Engineering. In FY2020, a total of seven students from Moscow State University, D. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology, and Hokkaido University’s Graduate School of Engineering received guidance from Professor Sergei Eremin of Moscow State University, Senior Researcher Anatoly Zherdev of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Center for Basic Biological Research, Professor Akihide Hibara of Tohoku University’s Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Assistant Professor Mao Fukuyama of the same institute, and Professor Manabu Tokeshi of Hokkaido University’s Graduate School of Engineering. In FY2018 and FY2019, students from Moscow State University were accepted to Hokkaido University to work on joint research, but in FY2020, due to the global spread of COVID-19, students from neither side could visit the other. Therefore, research conducted by Hokkaido University students was reported to the Russian university side, and research conducted by Russian university students was reported to Hokkaido University and Tohoku University, and research guidance was provided using a web conference system. By organizing this project, we were able to motivate the participating students in both countries to pursue their research and educational activities despite the difficult circumstances caused by the COVID-19 crisis. We anticipate that this project will not only contribute to the development of young human resources in the field of analytical and measurement chemistry in Japan and Russia, but also lead to the further strengthening of cooperation between the two countries in the field of analytical and measurement chemistry.