NIMS - National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan

Student: Ruby Sims
Supervisor Flinders: Professor Jamie Quinton
Supervisor NIMS: Prof Kohei Uosaki



‘I am currently 5 months into a yearlong placement at the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan under the supervision of Professor Kohei Uosaki. A formal collaboration between the Flinders NanoCentre and NIMS has given me the chance to extend my PhD research through the International Cooperative Graduate Program.


Living in Japan has afforded me the opportunity to experience both science and everyday life in a completely different culture. Communicating with scientists from around the world has given me an appreciation for the infinite number of possibilities available in my career. Tsukuba, known as the Science City is located just an hour North East of Tokyo, allowing for weekend adventures to the Imperial Palace Gardens, Meiji Jingu, the arcades of Akihabara and even a hedgehog café.



I feel very fortunate to be one of 2 students from Flinders awarded the ICGP scholarship in 2016, during my time at NIMS I have been exposed to surface analysis techniques currently not available in Adelaide. Aside from strengthening my research, I hope that this new knowledge will also benefit the NanoCentre in the future.


I’d like to thank NIMS for awarding me the ICGP scholarship and look forward to collaborations resulting from this in the future.’



Student: Renzo Fanati
Supervisor Flinders: Professor Amanda Ellis
Supervisor NIMS: Dr Tomohiko Yamazaki



 ‘In November of 2016 I completed my 6 month placement at the NIMS, where I studied with Professor Tomohiko Yamazaki. This was an amazing opportunity and experience that was made possible by Flinders Nanocentre and NIMS through the International Graduate Program. The research I undertook will help strengthen my career aspirations.


The knowledge that I learned whilst at NIMS has greatly benefitted not only myself, but my group here at Flinders University as I was able to pass on techniques that I had learned. The most important aspect that I learned was how communication between two cultures can be very difficult and must be approached with patience and understanding. Having experienced this I am now more prepared for a career after my Ph.D. I would recommend the ICGP to anyone that is interested in not only forwarding their career but also those who want to experience what it feels like to live in a different culture.


Life in Japan was not all about research, I was also able to experience the beautiful Japanese culture. Even with the language barrier I always felt welcome and everyone was so polite and accommodating.


I would like to thank NanoCentre for giving me the opportunity to go to Japan and NIMS for awarding me the ICGP scholarship. This is an experience that I will never forget and can only further my career.’