TEDxKyotoUniversity2017 Speaker Interview #3


Ichihashi (I)   Dr. Packwood (P)

I:      Good afternoon everyone! Welcome to our third TEDxKyotoUniversity2017 Speaker Interview. Today, we have Dr. Packwood, Junior Associate Professor at iCeMS Kyoto University WPI Research Center. Thank you for being here, Dr. Packwood. What are you currently working on?

P:     My research involves theoretical modeling for materials science. I use mathematical techniques to find ways of making ultra-small electrical materials, such as wires with widths of several atoms, for next-generation technologies.

I:      It seems interesting. How did you become interested in your current research field?

P:     When I was a student, I studied a lot of chemistry and mathematics, and I often wondered whether mathematics could help chemists to create new compounds and materials. Later, I was encouraged to pursue this idea by several leading materials scientists in Japan.

I:      I see. What can we expect to hear from you in the TEDx event?

P:     I will discuss an ‘ideal society’ in which materials rapidly adapt to the needs of people. Problems such as poor battery lives and vehicle pollution do not persist for long in such a society. I will also explain how theoretical modeling may make such a society possible.

I:      I’m looking forward to it. Thank you for your time, Dr. Packwood.

It concludes today’s interview. Thank you for reading. Stay tuned for our next posts!