Academic Staff and Fellows

Professor PhD
Department/Applied Chemistry  Graduate school/Molecular and Material Engineering Innovative Engineering(兼担)

Catalysts are what control chemical reactions. This laboratory develops intelligent catalysts to enable more effective resource utilization and allow full use of natural energy sources and waste materials. In addition, we also conduct research on earth-friendly chemical reactions such as energy conversion and environmental cleanup.

Research Area Physical Chemistry, Catalytic Chemistry
Teaching (Undergraduate Course) Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry I, Fundamentals of Physical Chemistry II, Experiments in Applied Chemistry V, Project Design for Experiments in Applied Chemistry I, Synthetic Seminar 1, Synthetic Seminar 2, Advanced Physical Chemistry, Individual Study for Bachelor Thesis
Teaching (Graduate Course) Nanotechnology, Master Study in Innovative Engineering, Exercise Lesson in Innovative Engineering, Advanced Nanotechnology, Ph.D. Study in Nanotechnology, Advanced Exercise in  Innovative Engineering (Materials), Surface Design Chemistry, Advanced Research on Molecular and Material Engineering, Material Engineering (Physical Chemistry), Ph.D. Study in Surface Design Chemistry, Advanced Exercise in Molecular Process Engineering,
Research Interests Design and Development of functional photocatalysts
Selective photocatalytic reactions
Energy conversions
Environmentally friendly substance conversions
Recycling of used chemicals
Selected Publications (1) Hydrogen- and noble metal-free conversion of nitro aromatics to amino aromatics having reducible groups over an organically modified TiO2 photocatalyst under visible light irradiation, Catal. Sci. Technol. [DOI: 10.1039/C8CY02135J] [Selected as inside back cover].
(2) Titanium(IV) oxide having a copper co-catalyst: a new type of semihydrogenation photocatalyst working efficiently at an elevated temperature under hydrogen-free and poison-free conditions, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 20, 19321 (2018) [Selected as back cover].
(3) Additive-free Semihydrogenation of an Alkynyl Group to an Alkenyl Group over Pd-TiO2 Photocatalyst Utilizing Temporary In-situ Deactivation, ChemCatChem, 10, 3605(2018).
Research and Achievements
(Undergraduate Course)
Kyoto University
(Master's/Doctral Course)
Kyoto University
Title of Thesis, Institute, Date New Route Synthesis of Fine Metal Oxides for Catalysts through Thermal Treatment of Precursors in Organic Media, Kyoto University, March 1993.

Surface Design Chemistry Laboratory

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Academic Staff and Fellows