Okayama University (岡山大学, Okayama Daigaku) is a national university in Japan. The main campus is located in Tsushima-Naka, Okayama, Okayama Prefecture. The school was founded in 1870 and it was established as a university in 1949. The origin of the university is the Medical Training Place (医学館, Igakkan) founded in 1870 by Okayama-Han. It underwent the abolition of the han system and was developed into Okayama Prefectural Medical School (岡山県医学校) in 1880. In 1888 it was merged into a national school, the Third Higher Middle School (第三高等中学校, Daisan kōtō chūgakkō) to constitute the Medical Faculty. The Medical Faculty became an independent school in 1901 and was renamed Okayama Medical Speciality School (岡山医学専門学校, Okayama igaku semmon gakkō), a four-year medical school for men ages 17-21 or above. In 1922 the school was chartered as Okayama Medical College (岡山医科大学, Okayama ika daigaku), a four-year medical college for men ages 19-23 or above.
High-Tc superconductivity found under high pressure
Drastic enhancement of superconducting transition temperature (Tc) can be induced by placing materials under high pressure, state Yoshihiro Kubozono and his team at Okayama University.
One-step preparation of thermally stable, silica-coated platinum/graphene composite
Graphene-supported noble metal (Metal/G) composites are used as catalysts in organic synthesis, fuel cells, super capacitors, solar cells, and sensors. However, Metal/G composites react readily with oxygen to eliminate gaseous ...
High vitamin C levels are required to overcome photo-inhibition in plants
Vitamin C (ascorbate) is an antioxidant and coenzyme for a number of metabolic reactions in living organisms. In plant chloroplasts, high vitamin C levels are required to overcome photo-inhibition caused by strong light.
Molecular features of the circadian clock system in fruit flies
Studies of mutant fruit flies reveal how both photoreceptors and the visual system influence circadian clock neurons in response to changing light-dark cycles. The results are reported in the Journal of Neuroscience give ...
Electronic structure of a newly discovered, optimally doped superconductor
The newly-discovered layered superconductor, Ln(O,F)BiS2, discovered in 2012, achieves a maximum Tc of 10.6 K. The superconductivity emerges by carrier doping to the parent compound.
Autonomous underwater robot with intelligent 3D cameras for high precision search and tracking in deep seas
Okayama University researchers in collaboration with industrial partners have developed an innovative underwater robot incorporating intelligent three-dimensional object recognition CCD technology for autonomous search and ...
Seed germination regulators for optimising harvests
The timing of seed germination is crucial for optimising harvests. Pre-harvest sprouting is prevented when seeds enter a dormant state, but a high level of dormancy has economic repercussions. Now, using RNA and sequence ...
The toxic effects of chemicals from TFT-LCD manufacturing on aquatic organisms
The manufacture of thin film transistor liquid crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), used for television screens, computer monitors and mobile phone screens, has increased dramatically over the past twenty years. The volume of toxic ...
Innovative pendulum-dynamo for converting tidal energy into electrical power
Okayama University's Shinji Hiejima is looking for industrial partners to commercialize his experimentally proven and patented concept of the Hydro-VENUS system for converting tidal energy into electrical power.
Reducing arsenic accumulation in rice grains
Arsenic is a highly toxic element derived from both natural and human sources, the accumulation of which can trigger cancer and skin diseases in humans. A key human health concern is the contamination of drinking water and ...