International Industry-University-Government Collaboration Lab – Hideo Nagashima –
International Industry-University-Government Collaboration Lab
- Element strategy initiative for homogeneous catalysis aimed at energy-saving chemical processes
- Replacement of precious metals to base metals
- Autonomous distributed power systems
- Design of highly efficient catalysts
- Catalyst recovery and recycling
The catalyst is a key substance for energy-saving processes and devices, from production of chemicals to fuel cells. Although many of the practically useful catalysts contain precious metals, world-wide economic growth results in their shortage. Element strategy initiative for homogeneous catalysts is proposed based on this background, aiming at establishing energy-saving processes producing chemicals in laboratory to industrial scales. Three detailed projects are running in our laboratory, replacement of precious metals to iron and other base metals, catalyst design to achieve extremely high catalyst efficiency, and facile catalyst recovery and recycling. Our research is on the solid basis of fundamental organometallic chemistry, and at the same time, is accompanied by collaborations with industries to pursue practical solutions of element strategy initiative.