Creation of Methanol Synthesis Catalysts Working at Room Temperature Based on Mechanistic Principles of CO2 Activation

Principal Investigator

Junji NAKAMURA (Professor, Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba)

Co-Principal Investigator

Jun YOSHINOBU (Professor, The Institute for Solid State Physics, The University of Tokyo)
Yoshitada MORIKAWA (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University) 

Outline of the Project

Carbon dioxide can be hydrogenated to methanol as a useful fuel and chemicals. The methanol synthesis has been carried out at 523K and 30-50 atm. That is, a lot of energy supply is required for the conversion process. In this project, we create new type of catalysts and catalytic systems to synthesize methanol at room temperature. To this end, we perform new style of scientific researches of heterogeneous catalysis by collaborating with surface scientists using cutting edge synchrotron radiation facilities and theoreticians using super computer.


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