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Joint symposium held with RWTH Aachen's Institute for Textile Technology


Published: December 18, 2015

Tokyo Tech's Department of Organic and Polymeric Materials of the Graduate School of Science and Engineering (DOPM) and the Institute for Textile Technology at RWTH Aachen University (ITA) co-hosted "A symposium on the collaboration to bridge challenges in New Fiber Materials Development" on November 10.

ITA and DOPM signed a school-to-school cooperation agreement on the same day.

Symposium held at Tokyo Tech Front
Symposium held at Tokyo Tech Front

Five ITA researchers, three faculty members from DOPM, and two researchers from other Japanese organizations introduced their cutting-edge research in the following areas:

  • Fiber formation of bio-based polymers
  • Medical textiles
  • New trend in carbon fiber development
  • Online measurement of fiber structure development
  • Braided fiber-reinforced composites

Prior to the symposium, the signing ceremony was held in the presence of Mrs. Svenja Schulze, Minister for Innovation, Science and Research of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), her delegation, President and Representative Director of NRW Japan K.K. Georg K. Löer, officers from the Japan Chemical Fibers Association, and Tokyo Tech Executive Vice President for Education and International Affairs Toshio Maruyama.

Signing ceremony
Signing ceremony

ITA and DOPM have a good track record in exchanging researchers and graduate students, and conducting three-way joint research with industry. Boosting exchanges through the agreement is significant from the standpoint of enhancing education and developing talented researchers.

ITA mainly focuses on mechanical engineering while DOPM specializes in materials engineering. The complimentary nature of the relationship is expected to generate synergistic effects in the future.


Department of Organic and Polymeric Materials