TOK4 - Nanoscience
5 July 2018 – 18 July 2018
Hosted by the University of Tokyo
“Nanoscience" lecture series provides a general overview of nanoscience, which has grown very rapidly in the last few years. It consists of lectures on three sub-courses, Biotechnology; Biomedicine and Nanobiotechnology; and Nanotechnology. Each sub-course will include visits to active laboratories in the University of Tokyo.
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Tuition FeesJPY 29,600
AccommodationAccommodation, including any deposits: JPY 108,000
Field TripJPY 17,000
Living ExpensesApproximately JPY 3,000 per day
Visa FeeEstimate of visa fee (if applicable): Approx. JPY 3,000 http://www.mofa.go.jp/j_info/visit/visa/procedure/fee.html
Miscellaneous FeesJPY 27,500
For Students from U.C. Berkeley and Yale UniversityFriends of UTokyo, Inc., a not-for-profit charitable organization in the State of New York, plans to provide summer scholarships to students at U.C. Berkeley and Yale University. For more details, please visit the following website. http://www.friendsofutokyo.org/grants-and-awards/
A one-day field trip related to the lectures (“Study Visit”) will be organized for students as part of the course.
Also, a Japanese cultural experience opportunity will be scheduled out of the course.
Target Audience/ Prerequisites
Bachelor students, Master students, and PhD students.
Delivery Method & Learning Outcomes
The lecture series provides a general overview of nanoscience in combination with discussion and lab tour.
Part I: Biotechnology
This sub-section focuses on advanced biomedical science and technology bound to the drug discovery
- The proteasome: destruction for life
- GTP-binding proteins involved in intracellular signal transduction
- NMR in biological systems
- From Catalysis to Life Science
- Lab Tour
Part II: Biomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
This sub-section focuses on the understanding of the structure and functions of the living systems at the nano level as a basis for the development of bioinspired structures and functions as well as for the establishment of methodologies to integrate living components, including biomolecules and cells, into nanodevices while regulating their functions. To effectively achieve this goal, the section sets 4 topics: (1) Mechano-bioengineering; (2) Biodevice Technology; (3) Nanotechnology and Materials Science for Nanoscale Cell Therapy and (4) Nano Bioelectronics.
- Biodevice technology
- Nanotechnology and materials science for nanoscale cell therapy
- Nano Bioelectronics:
- Lab Tour
Part III: Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology: This sub-section covers fundamentals and applications of nanotechnology mainly established in a field of semiconductors, including the following four topics. (1) Nanostructures for advanced photonics; (2) Silicon-based integrated nanoelectronics; (3) Physics and technology of semiconductor nanostructures, and (4) Spintronics: fundamentals and applications.
- Nanostructures for advanced photonics
- Silicon-based integrated nanoelectronics
- Physics and technology of semiconductor nanostructures
- Spintronics: fundamentals and applications
- Lab Tour
Assessment will be made in consideration of attendance frequency and three short essays on the subjects chosen from each sub-section of Nanoscience lectures (one from Biotechnology, one from Biomedicine and Nanobiotechnology, and one from Nanotechnology) submitted no later than the designated date. Attendance is mandatory and the scores will be given according to the essays.
Credit equivalent at host university & Contact hours
Approx. 21 total contact hours (105 minutes x 12 classrooms) +1 study visit hours + 6 lab tours (excluding self-study hours).
The courses of "Biotechnology", "Biomedicine and Nanobiotechnology" and "Nanotechnology" research comprise 4 lectures each and every lecture is 105 minutes in duration. A 1 hour laboratory tour will follow after every 2 lectures.
Another obligation is to write three essays with a few pages each.
Lecturer(s) / Tutor(s)
Professor Satoshi Iwamoto
Hotel Kizankan (http://kizankan.co.jp/english/index.html) or similar.
Students must arrive by 4 July 2018.
Students will be able to check in from 4 July 2018.
Check-out date 19 July 2018.
Required and/or Recommended Insurance(s)
All participants of the IARU Global Summer Program at UTokyo are required to purchase adequate health and travel insurance BEFORE leaving their home university, and to be insured throughout their time in Japan.
Further Required Application Material
You are required to apply for the course via UTokyo’s online application system after the acceptance of the offer for participation.
You can find pictures and comments from 2017 TOK participant and frequently asked questions with answers on the following website: