School of Materials Science and Engineering, UNSW Australia
Professor Alan Crosky is a professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW. His research interests include sustainable composite materials, reducing embodied energy of synthetic fibre reinforced plastic composites and biochar for soil beneficiation and carbon sequestration. Alan's research has focused on the effect of structure (both micro and macro) on mechanical behaviour. Specific areas of research include directed fibre placement in fibre reinforced plastic composites, natural fibre composites, wood plastic composites, agro biochar, ageing behaviour in aluminium alloys and failure analysis. Recognition of this includes more than 100 papers in international journals and conferences; $2.3m research funding since 2003; six PhD/ME completions since 2003; and Program Leader, CRC for Advanced Composite Structures.
Tokyo University of Science, Japan
Professor Umemura Umemura is a full professor of Tokyo University
of Science. His specialty is biophysics, especially, nanobioscience and
nanobiotechnology. One of his recent interests is nanoscopic research of
hybrids of biomolecules and carbon nanotubes (CNTs). Unique structures and
physical/chemical properties of the hybrids are promising in biological
applications such as nanobiosensors and drug delivery.
Professor Umemura received his B.S. degree in Physics from Nagoya University. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees were given from Tokyo Institute of Technology. After working at several institutes/universities as a researcher in Japan and in China, he became a professor of Tokyo University of Science. Kagurazaka campus of Tokyo University of Science is located at the center of Tokyo, so five subway/railway lines reach in front of the campus.
Title: Diatom nanotechnology for energy and environmental sciences
Abstract: Diatoms are one of the major
photosynthetic planktons that produce 25% of oxygen on the earth.
Furthermore, diatomite, fossils of diatom cells, that is nanoporous silica
has been widely used for various industrial applications such as building
materials and water filters. Recently, several research groups proposed
‘diatom nanotechnology’. Various new ideas are available in diatom
researches using nanotechnology. For example, diatom frustules that is
purified diatom shells can be used as NOx sensors.  Replica of nanoporous
structures of frustules with gold and carbon can be fabricated by
nanoimprinting method.  Titanium can be embedded to living diatom cells.
 For application of environmental sciences, living diatom cells can be
used to evaluate safety of nanomaterials. In this talk, the recent diatom
nanotechnology is widely introduced from the viewpoint of energy and
 Bao et al., Nature, 446(7132), 172–175 (2007).
 Losic et al., Chem. Commun. (Camb.), 39, 4905–4907 (2005).
 Jeffryes et al., ACS Nano, 2(10), 2103–2112 (2008).
Prof. Ando Tatsuo
The University of Tokyo, Japan
Professor Ando Tatsuo was born in Tokyo, Japan in
1949. He conducted architectural studies at the University of Tokyo, mainly
in durability and fire safety of building materials. Right after receiving
the Master’s degree from the University of Tokyo in 1976, he joined
Mitsubishi Chemical Industries, Ltd. (now Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation)
and did research and development of advanced composite building materials
for 39 years. During his tenure at Mitsubishi, he worked for 5 years at
Mitsubishi Chemical America, in Virginia, USA as technical service manager
of composites. He was also responsible for the corporate research and
development for 3 years as head at the Research Center, Mitsubishi Chemical
Functional Products, Inc. His major responsibility included aluminum
laminated composite materials (ACM), carbon fiber composites and refractory
alumina fiber mostly for building sector. He has been an active member of
Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ), and Japan Association of Fire
Science and Engineering (JAFSE). He was also one of the national delegates
to ISO/TC92/SC1 (Fire Initiation and Growth) for 15 years. His current
interest covers the fire safety of building materials, mainly combustible
composite materials used for façade and interior finish. He has been engaged
in campaigning worldwide to make people aware of the fire safety of facades.
In April 2015 he came back to the University of Tokyo as an academic support at the Department of Architecture and is currently engaged in research and development of fire tests including JIS A1310:2015 “Test method for fire propagation over building facades.” and JIS A1320:2017 “Reaction to fire test for sandwich panel building interior systems --- Box test.”
Title: Fire safety of polymer-based building materials and test methods in Japan
Abstract: Building materials, especially
polymer-based ones, currently used in Japan have been reviewed and
re-evaluated form the viewpoint of in-use fire safety in buildings. Recently
polymer-based building materials have been widely used in Japan. While the
use of these materials greatly contribute to energy savings, indoor comfort,
cosmetics, weight reduction and many other functions of buildings, some of
them adversely contribute to the spread of flame in the event of fire, even
if they are approved as self-extinguishing, flame-retardant or
non-combustible. Current small-scale flammability test on building materials
in Japan is not always good enough to predict the flame spread and fire
safety of buildings.
In-use, larger-scale evaluation of building materials often revealed quite different and unexpected dangerous results. Based on intermediate- or large-scale fire tests, new JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) methods have been developed. These are the fruit of the collaboration with fire- and polymer engineers on the building materials research for the additional enhancement of fire safety of buildings.
Findings, measures, international cooperation and the ways to these standards are introduced and discussed:
1) Test method for fire propagation over building facades (JIS A 1310-2015), and
2) Reaction to fire test for sandwich panel building interior systems – Box test (JIS A 1320-2017).