Vol.11 no.3 2019

−162−Synthesiology - English edition Vol.11 No.3 (2018) Letter from the editorThere are three research papers and one commentary in this issue. Both the Fukaya paper and Kimura paper are about porous materials. The former is about the technology to manufacture silica materials, which are already being widely used, from incineration residues, while the latter is about the synthesis technology to enhance the possibility of non-silica materials, aiming to achieve highly functional porous materials. On one hand, there is R&D conducted to realize an ecosystem in which high quality porous materials can be made from garbage incineration residues as energy saving technology of manufacturing silicon chemical products. On the other hand, there is concentrated research to pursue the possibility of porous materials. It seems that these are two extremes in the direction of research. Both are impactful R&D, and I believe they offer useful hints to those who are trying to figure out how to proceed with their research skills and technologies. The Okada paper is about the development and commercialization of a laser inspection system for the inner walls of machinery components, and it leads up to practical application of new technology while taking in various ideas through collaboration with a company, against a background in which there is strong demand for improvement of inspection technology as automation in manufacturing progresses. In Synthesiology Volume 11 Issue 1, the Furukawa paper also discusses the technological development of an inspection device that measures the precision of cylinders using optical measurement. It can be seen that the common points of the two papers are the collaboration with companies, and the major forces of collaboration are fusion of corporate technology, understanding of potential market demands, and passion to realize new technology. The Hihara commentary is about international standardization of communication standards of satellites called SpaceWire, and it is a description of the course by which the work done in Japan was adopted as the international standard. Here, the superiority and experience of communication technology developed in Japan were evaluated properly, and the paper also describes the behavior patterns of the people of Japan, Europe, and USA. Many readers who have been involved in international standardization activities may have similar impressions about the behavior pattern, and I think it may serve as a guideline for how to conduct discussions on the international stage.(Motoyuki AKAMATSU, Executive Editor)

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