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Innovation of Science and Technology on Natural Rubber for Global Carbon Process

Environment / Energy (Global-scale environmental issues)

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Innovation of Science and Technology on Natural Rubber for Global Carbon Process

Time to switch from fossil-fuel-derived materials to those made from sustainable natural rubber!

  • SDGs13
  • SDGs09
  • SDGs14

Principal Investigator

    • Prof.
      YAMAGUCHI Takashi

      Graduate School of Engineering, Nagaoka University of Technology
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    • Assoc. Prof.
      Phan Trung NGHIA

      Director of Center for Rubber Science and Technology, Hanoi University of Science and Technology

ODA Recipient Country

Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Research Institutions in Japan

Nagaoka University of Technology / Tottori University of Environmental Studies / National Institute of Technology, Tokyo College / National Institute of Technology, Numazu College/ National Institute for Environmental Studies / Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd./ Sumitomo Riko Company Ltd. / Shiraishi Calcium Kaisha, Ltd. / Shiraishi Central Laboratories Co., Ltd.

Research Institutions in Counterpart Country

Hanoi University of Science and Technology

Adoption fiscal year

FY 2021

Research Period

5 Years

Overview of the Research Project

Refinement of protein-free natural rubber, its product development, and biodegradation technology for resource recycling
This study focuses on natural rubber, with the aim of laying new industrial foundations with this sustainable biological resource. We are starting out by developing technology for the mass production of natural rubber materials from which the natural rubber proteins, which are the cause of allergies and diminished performance, have been removed. We will then work toward the development of automobile tires and rubber products for medical use from these protein-free natural rubber materials, technology for the biodegradation of natural rubber products, and environmentally friendly wastewater treatment technology, which overall will reduce global warming.

Reducing global warming by creating a world based on the science of natural rubber
This project aims to strengthen intellectual property related to protein-free natural rubber and promote its international standardization, creating a natural rubber industry to replace conventional synthetic rubber. We are also aiming to create environmental preservation industries related to the resource recycling of natural rubber. Transforming society through the use of materials derived from natural rubber will also reduce global warming.

Photo gallery


Collecting natural rubber (field latex) from a Hevea rubber tree


Making a water/natural resources recycling device for recycling resources from natural rubber processing


Decomposition of a latex glove by natural rubberdecomposing bacteria


Electron microscope image of a nanomatrix, an example of the science of natural rubber

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