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Innovative Energy-Saving and Energy-Producing Chemical Processes

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Takashi Tatsumi
President, National Institute
of Technology and Evaluation

On the basis of chemistry, we are going to conduct the research for development of game-changing low carbon technology. We cover the research and development for chemical processes that can create a paradigm shift and pave a way to realize a low carbon society while greatly reducing CO2 emission. Specifically, we promote cutting-edge research and technical development such as energy-saving technology for manufacturing chemical products with efficient conversion technology from biomass into chemicals and fuels, and new CO2 separating technology with low energy and cost, long-term CO2 fixation technology and so on.


Development of CO2 Separation Membranes Driven by the pKa Shift of Stimuli-Responsive Nanogel Particles

Yu Hoshino
Associate Professor, Kyushu University

This project aims at development of the CO2 separation membranes which transports CO2 under low pressure, and highly efficient CO2 separation process using the membranes. General procedures to design highly efficient CO2 separation membrane will be developed by taking advantage of the pKa shift of the amines introduced in the stimuli-responsive nanogel particle.


Application of Internal Condensation Reactor System for Highly Efficient Methanol Synthesis Process

Kohji Omata
Professor, Shimane University

A novel internal condensation reactor system will be applied for highly efficient methanol synthesis process from syngas. The system can release the thermodynamical limit to give high one-pass conversion. It is also applicable for direct conversion of carbon dioxide to methanol by hydrogenation with high yield to reduce green house gas.


Innovative Low-Temperature and High-Speed Growth Process for High-Quality SiC Single Crystal Films

Yuji Matsumoto
Professor, Tohoku University

This project aims at development of the innovative atmospheric vapor source liquid phase epitaxy, in which the flux additive is regarded as a kind of catalyst in such a chemical process, and thereby the low-temperature and high-speed growth technique for high-quality SiC will be established under precise control of its polytypes. As the result, the expecting low power-loss devices of SiC, instead of the existing Si-based ones, ensure high efficiency use of energy in our society with smart grid technology.


Irreversible Hydrolysis of Esters and Direct Transformation of Alkenes Directing toward Energy Reduction of Water Separation

Makoto Tokunaga
Professor, Kyushu University

In this project, we aim energy saving by improvement of current process of petroleum chemistry. Particularly, we will try partial or fundamental modification of the process of primary alcohol production from alkenes by introducing oxygen functionalities. We also aim energy saving production of higher alcohols as well as lower alcohols.

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