[Controlled Reaction] Controlled Reaction by Electrons or Ions

Strategic Objective

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

Research Supervisor

Yasushi Sekine (Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University)


 In this research area, our objective is to use light, electricity or other external forces to control electrons and/or ions and to create an innovative chemical reaction technology. We aim to realize a material production process that does not exist so far, and to establish a new system of chemical reactions that can let us overcome the following difficulties in existing technologies: low control of reactions, low yield and selectivity, high reaction temperatures, and the equilibrium constraint.
 We solely use electrochemistry, photochemistry, or other non-conventional processes; or, we combine them to control electrons and ions, aiming to develop a next-generation reaction process, which enables the enhancement of selectivity in chemical reactions and is free from equilibrium limitation. Our research subjects also include the development, not only of chemical reaction processes for contributing to the synthesis of highly efficient materials, but also of a new material for realizing novel reaction processes. Examples include the development of a new ion conductive material that can work in middle-range temperatures, at which temperature conventional materials do not work, the establishment of a new method for assessing these reactions and materials in-situ/operando, and the theoretical chemistry-based modeling necessary for these purposes, as well as feedback to the experiment systems.
 We aim to realize a sustainable society by creating a next-generation reaction process that integrates chemistry (light, electricity, etc.), reaction processes (flow reactor etc.), materials (electrode materials, solid state ionic materials, catalysts, etc.), measurements, and theories.

Research Area Advisors

Koji Amezawa Professor, Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials, Tohoku University
Tatsuya Igarashi Senior Manager, CTO Office, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation
Yasushi Sato Executive Officer & General Manager, Central Technical Research Laboratory, ENEOS Corporation
Yukari Sato Principal Research Manager, Research Institute for Energy Conservation, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Shigeo Satokawa Professor, Faculty of Science and Technology, Seikei University
Wataru Sugimoto Professor, RISM (Research Initiative for Supra-Materials)Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University
Kenji Dosaka Manager, Environment Strategy Department, Regional Operation Planning Division, Regional Operations (Japan), Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Hiromi Nakai Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waseda University
Akira Nakabayashi Producer, Business Development Headquarters, AIST Solutions
Satoshi Hamakawa Executive Officer / Director General, Department of Materials and Chemistry, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Hiromi Yamashita Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University
Tomoko Yoshida Professor & Vice director, Research Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, Osaka Metropolitan University
Ilhyong Ryu Project Professor, Organization for Research Promotion, Osaka Metropolitan University
Yuji Wada Professor Emeritus, Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Research Projects

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

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