[Innovative reactions] Innovation in chemical reactions through active control of electrons and ions for production

Strategic Objective

Creating Innovative Reaction Technologies for Establishing New Production Processes for Realizing a Sustainable Society

Research Supervisor

Ilhyong Ryu (Project Professor, Organization for Research Promotion, Osaka Metropolitan University/ Chair Professor, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

Former Research Supervisor : Jun-ichi Yoshida (~2019.09)
(President, National Institute of Technology, Suzuka College/Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University)


 Currently, mainstream approaches to chemosynthesis and chemical production use thermal energy. The proactive use of other forms of energy is an important step to creating and establishing new synthetic and production methods. In this research area, our objectives are to make proactive use of energy forms other than electricity, light, and conventional thermal energy and, thus, to create innovative reaction technologies. In other words, we will exploit electrochemical, photochemical, catalytic, synthetic, and materials-science theories, calculations, and measurements to search for routes to the active, advanced control of electrons and ions in chemical reactions, creating innovative reaction technologies to contribute to materials synthesis and production.
 Specifically, we will cover research and development in fields including the following: the elucidation of reaction mechanisms by combining theory and calculations with measurements, and designing innovative reactions based on these results; the creation of new materials to enable innovative reactions; the construction of innovative reaction processes using new materials, new technologies, and electricity, light, and other forms of energy; and the rational design and construction of innovative reaction processes combining two or more forms of energy. We aim to develop proactive methods for controlling electrons and ions, elucidate reaction principles, promote the development of new synthesis reactions that use electricity and light, and to foster researchers who will further develop the research field.

Research Area Advisors

Hisao Eguchi President, Tosoh Finechem Corporation
Tatsuya Kawada Professor, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Tohoku University
Hiroshi Kondoh Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University
Yasushi Sekine Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
Hirotsugu Takizawa Exective Vice President for Education and Student Support, Tohoku University
Kazunari Domen Special Contract Professor, Research Initiative for Supra-Materials, Shinshu University
Mayumi Nishida President & Representative director, Westcorner Company Ltd/Emeritus Professor, Hokkaido University
Hiroshi Nishihara Vice President & Director, Research Institute for Science and Technology, Tokyo University of Science
Ryuuichi Hasegawa General Manager & Fellow, Materials Characterization Laboratory, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
Katsuyoshi Yamakawa Project Researcher, School of Science, The University of Tokyo
Satoshi Yotsuhashi Chief Researcher, Technology Division, Panasonic Holdings Corporation
Kiyoshi Tomioka Chief Researcher, Technology Division, Panasonic Holdings Corporation

Research Projects

  1. Year Started : 2018
  2. Year Started : 2019
  3. Year Started : 2020

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