International symposium in Matsuyama on:

Science and Technology of Nano-Polycrystalline Diamond 2019 (STNPD-2019)

Scope: Since the first report of synthesis of ultra-hard nano-polycrystalline diamond (NPD) in 2003 by the Geodynamics Research Center (GRC) of Ehime University, efforts have been made to apply this novel material to cutting-edge high-pressure researches in geoscience, physics, chemistry, materials science, etc., through a number of inter-laboratory collaborations with the GRC. We will have an international symposium on the synthesis, physical properties, and applications of NPD and relevant materials for further development of science and technology in high-pressure and related research fields, as well as for promotion of research collaborations using NPD. We invite not only the NPD users but also those who are interested in using NPD for their individual studies to this first international symposium on science and technology of NPD to be held at the GRC in Matsuyama, where it was born. This symposium is supported by the Joint Usage/Research Center program (“PRIUS”) run by the GRC and the Grant-in-aid for Scientific Research in Innovative Areas (“Interaction and Coevolution of the Core and Mantle”).

Final program for STNPD-2019(pdf file)
Poster(pdf file)
Registration Form(Word file)         
The deadline has been extended to 15 February 2019

Venue: Geodynamics Research Center, Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan
(30 min. from Matsuyama airport by taxi or 50 min. by bus + tram;
Date: 28 February – 2 March 2019 (subsequent to the “PRIUS symposium”, mostly given in Japanese, 27-28 February).
Deadlines for contributed papers/posters and registration: 15 February 2019(poster presentation and registration).
Registration fee: Free of charge.
Banquet: 5000 yen (on-site payment at the registration desk, cash only).
Unofficial Dinner: “Ginjiro” near Ohkaido, on-site payment (about 5000 yen, cash only) at the restaurant.
Excursion to Uchiko-town: 5000 yen (on-site payment at the registration desk, cash only; including bus fair, lunch, drink).
Presentation: All oral speakers are invited (30 minutes for keynote and 20 minutes for other invited papers). Posters (should be prepared in English) shall be displayed throughout the whole period of the symposium for presentation/discussion. The poster should be in A0 size (about 90 cm X 120 cm), vertical.
Accommodation: Many hotels are located in walking distance (15-20 minutes) from the GRC in the famous Dogo onsen area and the Ohkaido downtown area. We already reserved single-bed rooms from 27 Feb. to 3 March for 4 nights at Daiwa Roynet Hotel ( near the entrance of Ohkaido for only invited speakers.

Organizing Committee: Tetsuo Irifune (Chair), Hiroaki Ohfuji, Yoshio Kono, Fumitaro Ishikawa, Takeshi Sakai, Masayuki Nishi, Toru Shinmei, Akira Yamada (GRC members).

Contact and submission of the registration form to:
Madoka Wada (GRC official), E-mail:


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