I became president of the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry, The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ) on the first of March, 2015. It is fortunate for me that the three vice-presidents are very experienced and knowledgeable about the organization of our Division. I will make efforts to support the development of our Division during my two year term with the assistance of the board members, the members of various committees, and all the division members.
According to the historical review of our Division written by Prof. Kitahara (C & I Commun., Vol. 39, 2014), the Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry was founded as the second division of CSJ in 1976. In the same year, I commenced the Master Course in the Graduate School of Science of the Tokyo Metropolitan University (TMU). At that time I did not know about our Division because the field of my supervisor was molecular spectroscopy. However, the lecture of Colloid Chemistry for undergraduate students was given by Prof. Tsunetaka Sasaki (retired in 1976) and included many kinds of demonstration experiments which fascinated me very much. As a result, I continued to have an interest in this field. After working as an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Molecular Science (Okazaki) for 4 years, I became an Assistant Professor in the research group of Prof. Seimiya at TMU in 1984. I attended the annual meeting of our Division for the first time in the same year, which was held at Iwate University.
Thinking back to the commencement of our Division, the main role of our Division in the beginning was to hold an annual meeting, “The Divisional Meeting on Colloid and Interface Chemistry”, whose first meeting was held in 1948 at the University of Tokyo. In 1985, “The Basic Course of Colloid and Interface Chemistry” and “The Colloid Technology Symposium” for young and advanced researchers, respectively, started to be held as regular seminars organized by our Division. After that, the projects of our Division expanded little by little with the increase in the number of seminars and meetings. The local branches were also founded.
Currently, our Division has eleven committees (Project Planning Committee, Editorial Committee, Company Members Committee, Division Meeting Committee, Finance Committee, Public-Information Committee, Award Committee, International Exchange Committee, Young Members’ Working Group, Future Planning Committee, and Division Subcommittee), and a local branch in the Kansai region and in the Kyushu region. These committees and local branches have been actively participating in the development of our Division. Please see another website showing the current activities of our Division.
The objectives of our Division are to contribute to the progress and spreading of science and to the development of industry in the field of colloid and surface chemistry. This is being achieved by giving members the opportunities to present their research, and the chance to exchange knowledge and to communicate among members of this society and with members of other domestic and international societies. We have just opened the English website, in order to further promote communication with international societies. Although the amount of information in English is still less than that in the Japanese website, I hope many more foreign people will be interested in our Division in the near future.Tadashi Kato