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High-tech plasma processing technology is indispensable for the development and application of highly functionalized new nano-materials and nano-devices. “Plasma-nano science” is an interdisciplinary research area that is based on plasma science, electronics, applied physics, applied chemistry and process engineering. Previously, no research institute with the aim of systematic education and research in plasma-nano science had existed in Japan, a fact that has resulted in the delayed development of this research area. In response to requests from industry, Nagoya University has started to systematize this research area by means of the establishment of the Plasma-Nano Technology Research Center, and has started general research and education in plasma-nano science.
In this program, young researchers such as Ph.D students and post-doctoral researchers will be sent to Ruhr Universitat Bochum, Sungkyunkwan University, The University of Texas at Dallas, University of Twente, and Queen's University Belfast. Ruhr Universitat Bochum and Queen's University Belfast are famous for their research activities in the areas of basic plasma research: young researchers can improve the basic skills of plasma through the experience of research and seminar in these universities. In Sungkyunkwan University, they can experience the advanced plasma application technology. They can also study new plasma technology related to bio-application at the University of Texas in Dalls, which is researching bio-related plasma processing, and at the University of Twente, which is one of the largest bio-devices research institutes. Having experience of research in these five universities will improve the skills of Ph.D students and post-doctoral researchers. The ultimate aim of this program is to train many researchers with balanced skills in both plasma science and plasma applications.