PERSON : Dr.Mikhail Kosobokov (Russia)
This corner focuses on a person who has made remarkable achievements at NITech.
Dr.Mikhail Kosobokov (Russia)
Currently I am a postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Norio Shibata laboratory, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya, Japan. I was born in 1988 in Orel City, central Russia. In 2006, I entered Moscow State University, Chemistry Department. In 2010, I joined to Prof. I. P. Beletskaya research group and finished his master thesis in 2011 under supervision of Prof. I. D. Titanyuk. After graduation, I continued my education with Prof. A. D. Dilman group in Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry and defended PhD thesis in 2014, working on development of new methodology for synthesis of fluorinated compounds. CV
My path to Japan was a little bit unusual. Immediately after PhD graduation, during my job hunting I have met Prof. Shibata on International conference in Russia. I knew his strong works in fluorine chemistry field, so I just ask him about position in his group. Honestly, at that time I have not had any information about Nagoya Institute of Technology and Japan in the whole, I was interested in research only.
Actually, NITech is very nice place for making research. Here you can use all necessary facilities and equipment such as NMR, GCMS, XRay by your own, almost without limitations. It takes time to get accustomed to the devices, but after that, you can feel free with your ideas. Moreover, all reagents of need are in your table in a few days; that helps you to focus on the project directly, without carrying so much about starting material preparation.
Level of English in Japan have not met my expectations. I was sure that everyone here can speak fluently but in fact, good English is only inside the Institute. Outwards it is near impossible to extract any information without Japanese. It makes me sometimes to feel uncomfortable, but it is no problem because our students any time ready to help with troubles or documents. Indeed, for those foreign students who can speak Japanese the things should be much better.
In Japan, most of all I was shocked by the fact that Japanese students spend so long time in laboratory every day. Notably, that nobody force them to stay for so long, but almost any holiday and in any time, even in deep night you can usually find someone working in laboratory. In Russia, we have certain time (11 pm) when security staff will push you out of institute, working at night is prohibited. I should mention that Japanese guys don’t talk so with each other and don’t check entertainment websites as much.
For foreign students, especially for those who are interested in science or in Japanese culture, I can recommend to join a group of your interest in NITech. Surely, it will not be an easy times for you. Nevertheless, if you are determined to work hard, you can get nice capabilities for you future career.
I have spent one and half year in Japan. For this time, I have published one important paper, made a number of friends and got the most extraordinary experience in my live. Unfortunately, now my time here is so short. In December of 2016, I should leave for next position in Lehigh University (US). I will keep the best feelings about the adventure in Japan.