A Study on Bio-Mimetic Catalysis Using Mesoporous Organosilica

Principal Investigator

Shinji INAGAKI (Laboratory Manager & Senior Fellow, Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc.)

Co-Principal Investigator

Kenji HARA (Associate Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, School of Engineering, Tokyo University of Technology)

Outline of the Project

Development of new catalysts for efficient conversion of abundant small molecules such as CO2, H2O, and N2 into fuel and resources is one of the most important challenges we should overcome in the near future in order to free ourselves of the oil dependency. However, it is generally difficult to convert those small molecules at mild conditions because they are chemically stable molecules. In this project, we will attempt to mimic the essences of bio-functions of enzymes and photosynthesis, which convert such small molecules at ambient conditions, using highly ordered organic-based nanoporous materials as a scaffold. This study aims to understand the nature of the bio-catalysis and to obtain new insights to design catalysts for efficient conversion of small molecules to useful resources.

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