Professor Kouichi Miura
Prof Miura has been providing strong support for students from Kyoto University to study at JGSEE and in recruiting students from JGSEE to work as trainees and co-researchers at his University in Japan. Over his long-term connection with JGSEE, Prof Miura has strongly been supporting Kyoto-JGSEE research collaboration on biomass gasification and pyrolysis. Prof Miura has also been leading the JICA-JST project under SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development) program in collaboration with several institutes, including, Kyoto University, Akita University, CRIEPI and Kobe Steel from Japan, and JGSEE and PTT-RTI from Thailand. Prof Miura was able to successfully secure 3 cycles of proposal submissions and therefore a large amount of funding over a period of 5 years to perform bench and pilot scale research works on โ€Development of Clean and Efficient Utilization of Low Rank Coals and Biomass by Solvent Treatmentโ€. Kyoto and JGSEE are major contributing partners to this joint research work, the 7th SATREPS project in Thailand. This program promotes notably the strengthening of collaboration between universities and private companies, which is also one of JGSEEโ€ s (and KMUTT) main targets for the future. The outputs of this project, including, development of innovative fuel processes and high value materials but also capacity building and networking, are expected to provide JGSEE with higher visibility and enhanced recognition internationally. Over the entire duration of the project, Prof Miura is planning to stay at JGSEE for several months each year.