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The 6th Asian Symposium on Emulsion Polymerization and Functional Polymeric Microspheres

Fukui, Japan
March 7-10, 2018

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Closing Remarks

ASEPFPM 6 was closed on March 10, 2018. The organizers would like to thank all presenters, and all of the participants, for your great contribution to this symposium. The 6th symposium was held for the first time in Japan, and we are very much honored to host here in Fukui, Japan.

In this symposium, the total number of participants was 150 (160, including the accompanying persons), and 44 of you came from overseas. The countries include Korea, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and Japan, the total of 9 countries. We can state with confidence that the research exchange, centering on Asian countries, are rapidly growing.

The total number of participants for the Banquet was 104, a remarkably high percentage of participation. We all enjoyed not only the technical programs but also exchanging friendship among participants. The number of participants for the post-conference tour was 29, and I cannot forget your drumming performance of “Sagicho”. As Professor Nomura hoped in his message, I think this symposium was truly a friendship forum among all participants.

ASEPFPM 7 is scheduled to be held in Thailand in the year of 2020. See you again at ASEPFPM 7 in Thailand.

H. Tobita
Chairperson of ASEPFPM 6

About the symposium

Asian Symposium on Emulsion Polymerization and Functional Polymeric Microspheres (ASEPFPM) was established in 1996, and the first meeting was held in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, co-chaired by the late Professor Zuren Pan and Professor Mamoru Nomura. After a long interval of silence, the 2nd International Symposium on Polymeric Microspheres, held in Fukui, Japan, in 2005, increased momentum to hold the Asian Symposium again, and the ASEPFPM 2 was held in Beijing, China, in 2007, thanks to Prof. Guanghui Ma, Institute of Process Engineering, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Prof. Bo-Geng Li, Zhejiang University. In 2009, ASEPFPM 3 was hosted by Prof. Jung Hyun Kim, Yonsei University, and was held in Jeju Island, South Korea. In 2011, Prof. Pauline Pei Li, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, kindly hosted the ASEPFPM 4 in Hong Kong, China. We enjoyed beautiful Christmas illumination of the city that worth more than a million dollar view. In 2015, ASEPFPM 5 was held in Suzhou, China, hosted by Prof. Guanghui Ma.

For the first time in this series of symposium, ASEPFPM 6 is held in Fukui, Japan, March 7 – 10, 2018. The Honorable Chairperson of this symposium is one of the founding fathers of the kinetics of emulsion polymerization, Professor Emeritus at University of Fukui, Dr. Mamoru Nomura.

In Japan, we have a biannual domestic Polymeric Microspheres Symposium since 1980. ASEPFPM 6 is organized by the steering committee of the Polymeric Microspheres Symposium in Japan. ASEPFPM 6 is a special opportunity to expand the discussion on the various aspects of polymeric microspheres to all over Asia and beyond. Please join us to spread the wings of imagination and develop a new perspective on polymeric microspheres!

Hidetaka Tobita
Chairperson of ASEPFPM 6 Steering Committee

Kiyoshi Suzuki
Vice-Chairperson of ASEPFPM 6 Steering Committee

Honorable Chairperson

Dr. Mamoru Nomura
Professor Emeritus, University of Fukui

Message from Prof. Nomura

It is my great regret that I cannot give the opening remarks as an honorary chairperson because of my decreased strength after a long hospitalization. I would like to ask Prof. Tobita, the chairperson of this symposium, to read my message describing the brief history of birth of the polymeric microspheres symposium.

The well-known Smith-Ewart theory, proposed in 1948, successfully described the kinetic behavior of emulsion polymerization of styrene so well that it was believed that the problems in the emulsion polymerization kinetics were perfectly solved at that time. On the other hand, however, during 1950’s Prof. Okamura in Kyoto University discovered that the emulsion polymerization of vinyl acetate does not follow the Smith-Ewart theory, and proved experimentally that the reason for the deviation is due to the water-solubility of the monomer. This finding triggered the intensive research on emulsion polymerization again, centering on United States during and after 1960’s, and in 1975, the American Chemical Society organized the international symposium on emulsion polymerization.

In Japan, however at that time, the emulsion polymerization technique was heavily applied in industry, but the topic was not picked up in the academic conferences. Therefore, I thought it was necessary to establish a new discussion forum among researches and engineers, aiming at the advancement of the emulsion polymerization technologies. This is the birth of polymeric microspheres symposium in Japan, and the first symposium was held in 1980 at Fukui University. The symposium has been held biannually since then, and the 20th Polymeric Microspheres Symposium will be held in Okayama University this fall.

Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the series of symposium, I held the first International Symposium on Polymeric Microspheres in Fukui. In this international symposium, the total of 68 papers were presented, and 35 of them, meaning more than one half of the papers came from the overseas. Within these overseas papers, 6 of them came from the Asian countries, and soon I realized that the research on the emulsion polymerization were conducted actively also in Asia. For the further development of the emulsion polymerization technologies among Asian countries, I thought that research exchange among Asia is by all means needed, and I proposed to late professor Zuren Pan in Zhejiang University who presented 3 papers at the international symposium to co-organize the Asian symposium. This is the birth story of the 1st Asian Symposium on Emulsion Polymerization and Functional Polymeric Microspheres, held in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou in October of 1996. Incidentally, Hangzhou and Fukui-city are sister cities since 1989.

I would like to conclude my opening remarks sincerely wishing for this symposium be the friendship forum among all participants with full of fruitful discussions. Thank you very much for your kind attention.

Mamoru Nomura
Honorary Chairperson of ASEPFPM 6

Excellent Poster Award for Students

Wei Li
Kobe University, Japan
“A Facile Method for Preparation of Monodisperse Cylindrical Polystyrene Particles”
Wei Li, Toyoko Suzuki, Hideo Minami

Masaya Ito
Osaka Institute of Technology, Japan
“Fabrication of Particle-Stabilized Bubbles and Their Light-Induced Locomotion”
Masaya Ito, Hisao Kawashima, Hiroyuki Mayama, Yoshinobu Nakamura, Syuji Fujii

Yufei Xia
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
“Exploiting the Pliability and Lateral Mobility of Pickering Emulsion for Enhanced Vaccination”
Yufei Xia, Guanghui Ma

Florian Geyer
Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
“Enhancing CO2 Capture using Robust Superomniphobic Membranes”
Florian Geyer, Clarissa Schonecker, Hans-Jurgen Butt, Doris Vollmer

Cover Photo Winner

Xiangming Na
Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Symposium Topics

1. Synthesis mechanism of polymer micro/nano microspheres

2. New characterization technique of micro/nano microspheres

3. Morphology control of polymer micro/nano microspheres

4. Preparation of polymer composite micro/nano microspheres

5. Applications of polymer micro/nano microspheres

6. Applications of micro/nano microspheres in biomedicine

7. Others

Symposium Venue

The symposium will be held at “Happiring Hall”, on the 3rd floor of Happiring building located just beside the JR Fukui station. (1-2-1 Chuo, Fukui City:Google Map)
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International Advisory Committee

In Woo Cheong (Kyungpook National University, Korea)
Yi Dan (Sichuan University, China)
Atsushi Goto (Nanyang Technical University, Singapore)
Chee Cheong Ho (Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia)
Jung Hyun Kim (Yonsei University, Korea)
Bo-Geng Li (Zhejiang University, China)
Xiang Liu (Nanjing Tech University, China)
Yingwu Luo (Zhejiang University, China)
Pei Li (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China)
Guanghui Ma (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
To Ngai (The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China)
Peihong Ni (Soochow University, China)
Pakorn Opaprakasit (Thammasat University, Thailand)
Pramuan Tangboriboonrat (Mahidol University, Thailand)
Alexander M. van Herk (Institute for Chemical and Engineering Sciences, Singapore)
Shiping Zhu (McMaster University, Canada)

Steering Committee

Mitsuru Doi (Showa Denko K.K.)
Syuji Fujii (Osaka Institute of Technology)
Futoshi Hoshino (Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.)
Katsuhiko Imoto (Daikin Industries, Ltd.)
Haruma Kawaguchi (Kanagawa University)
Seigou Kawaguchi (Yamagata University)
Mikio Konno (Tohoku University)
Hirofumi Masuda (Zeon Corporation)
Hideo Matsuzaki (Toagosei Company, Ltd.)
Hideto Minami (Kobe University)
Daisike Nagao (Tohoku University)
Masato Nakamae (Kuraray Co. Ltd.)
Masayosi Okubo (Nanjing Tech University, China; Kobe University)
Tsutomu Ono (Okayama University)
Ikurou Oochi (Japan Coating Resin Corp.)
Daisuke Suzuki (Shinshu University)
Kiyoshi Suzuki (University of Fukui)
Tatsuo Taniguchi (Chiba University)
Hidetaka Tobita (University of Fukui)
Takanori Yamashita (JSR Corp.)
Toyoaki Yamauchi (Asahi Kasei Corp.)

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