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Training seminar on analytical technology for promotion of Japan-China cooperative research

Date: Aug. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9, 2011
Venue: Katsura campus and RCEQM, Kyoto University, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto university, Shimadzu techno-research, Inc., Hiyoshi co., ltd.

Organized by:
Kyoto University Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"

Co-organized by:
Special Coordination Funds for Promoting Science and Technology Strategic for Fostering Environmental Leaders "International Center for Human Resource Development in Environmental Management", Kyoto University

Number of attendants: 11

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This training seminar was carried out mainly by the training for analytical methods of emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals & personal care products (PPCPs), endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), and persistent organic pollutants (POPs), disinfection byproducts (DBPs), volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and heavy metals. This seminar intended to:
(1) establish better relationship between Kyoto Univ. and Tsinghua Univ. in cooperative researches;
(2) promote the advanced analytical technology of Kyoto Univ. to students from both Tsinghua Univ. and Kyoto Univ., who are the future young researchers.


Three labs including Prof. Tsuno’s lab, Prof. Itoh’s lab, and Prof. Takaoka’s lab in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of Kyoto Univ. provided the participants three-day (from August 2nd – 4th) training for analysis for estrogens in water sample, DBPs in tap water and heavy metals in sludge. The participants divided into three groups to learn different analytical technology in the three labs. During the training, the participants learned to how to pre-treat samples, how to prepare standard solution for calibration curves, how to operate the instruments such as GC-MS, GC-ECD, and ICP-MS, how to analyze data, and so on.
Training for PPCPs analysis in wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) was carried out on August 5th – 6th at RCEQM of Kyoto Univ. On the first day of the training, the detailed background knowledge on LC-MSMS was introduced firstly. Next, the participants learned to how to collect influent and effluent samples from Otsu WWTP using the automatic sample collector, how to pre-treat samples using the automatic solid phase extractor and how to analyze PPCPs using LC-MSMS. Training for data acquisition was performed on the second day, including correction of peak areas and calculation of recovery rate.
On August 8th, the participants visited Shimadzu techno-research Inc. The overview for micropollutant analysis was presented in this training firstly. Then the pretreatment method for dioxin in the air sample and water sample was demonstrated by the instructors of the company. Last, the participants visited the different departments of the company and the instructors introduced many advanced analytical instruments to them.
On August 9th, the participants visited Hiyoshi Corporation and learned analytical methods on VOCs. The introduction of the company was given firstly. Next, the participants visited the lab of the company. Then the participants learned how to collect river water sample, pre-treat sample, measure sample by headspace GC-MS and data analysis.
Through this training seminar, the advanced analytical technology of Kyoto Univ. and two Japanese companies was promoted to students from Tsinghua Univ. and Kyoto Univ., who are the future young researchers. A better cooperative relationship in research and education between both universities was also achieved.