ICEF2015

Concurrent Sessions (Part 2)
Artificial Photosynthesis

Haruo Inoue [Chair]

Current position

Specially Appointed Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry, Tokyo Metropolitan University

Country:

Japan

Career history:

Haruo INOUE graduated from the University of Tokyo and joined the faculty of Department of Applied Chemistry at Tokyo Metropolitan University in 1972. He has been contributing to science communities as the Vice President of the Chemical Society of Japan (2004-2006), the President of the Japanese Photochemistry Association (2006-2007), the President of the Asian and Oceania Photochemistry Association (2008-2010), the Vice President of Japan Union of Chemical Science and Technology (2012-2014), and liaison member of Science Council of Japan, etc. He has been a Project Leader of Core Research on Evolutional Science and Technology (CREST/JST) and Solution Oriented Research (SORST/JST) on the research subject of “Construction of Artificial Photosynthesis with Water as an Electron Source.” He has been serving as the Research Supervisor of Precursory Research for Embryonic Science and Technology Project (PRSETO/JST) on “Chemical Conversion of Light Energy” and has been leading the All-Japan project on artificial photosynthesis (AnApple: MEXT/Japan).

Areas of expertise:

His major research interests are photochemistry, energy coupling among chemical reactions, selective energy flow in solution, nano-layered compounds, metal complexes, artificial photosynthesis, etc.

Dainel G. Nocera View and Download Presentation

Current position

Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, Harvard University

Country

United States

Topic of Presentation:

A Path to a Solar Fuels Industry

Career history:

Daniel Nocera is the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy at Harvard University. Prior to moving to Harvard in 2013, he was on the faculty of the from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was the Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and was Director of the Solar Revolutions Project and Director of the Solar Frontiers Center. He is widely recognized for his contributions to renewable energy. He recently accomplished a solar fuels process that captures many of the elements of photosynthesis and has now translated this science to produce the artificial leaf, which was named by Time Magazine as Innovation of the Year for 2011. Nocera is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Indian Academy of Sciences. He was named as 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine and was 11th on the New Statesman’s list on the same topic. He founded Sun Catalytix, a company to develop energy storage for the wide-spread implementation of renewables. In August 2014, Lockheed Martin purchased the assets of Sun Catalytix, and now his technology is being commercialized under the new venture, Lockheed Martin Advanced Energy Storage, LLC.

Areas of expertise:

Artificial photosynthesis, solar fuels, catalysis, photochemistry

Kyung Byung YoonView and Download Presentation

Current position

Director, Korea Center for Artificial Photosynthesis
Professor, Sogang University

Country

Korea

Topic of Presentation:

Our Efforts in Korea Center for Artificial Photosynthesis

Career history:

Kyung Byung Yoon received his B.S. from the Department of Chemistry, Seoul National University in 1979. In 1981, he obtained his M.S. from the Department of Chemistry, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Seoul, where his research field was hydrogenation reactions over metal-doped zeolites. From 1981 to 1984 he was employed by Chon Engineering Co. LTD, Seoul, Korea. There he gained experience in catalyst design and the engineering of chemical process plants. In 1989, he earned his Ph.D. degree in inorganic chemistry from the Department of Chemistry, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, where his research advisor was Professor Jay K. Kochi and his research field was photoinduced charge transfer reactions in zeolites. From 1989 he has been an Assistant, Associate (1993) and full Professor (1998) to the present. He had served as the President of the Korea Photoscience Society (2011), Councilors for International Zeolite Association (2007-2013) and Asian Photochemistry Association (2007-present), and as Secretary General, Chairman of Scientific Affairs, Chairman of Publications of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS) (2005-2013). Since 2009, he has been the Director of KCAP supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Areas of expertise:

Artificial photosynthesis, Molecular Sieve zeolite membrane, Nonlinear optical materials, Synthesis of radionuclide capturing materials

Kazunari DomenView and Download Presentation

Current position

Professor, Department of Chemical System Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Country

Japan

Topic of Presentation:

Solar hydrogen production from water on photocatalyst sheets

Career history:

Kazunari Domen received B.S. (1976), M.S. (1979), and Ph.D. (1982) honors in chemistry from the University of Tokyo. Dr. Domen joined Chemical Resources Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1982 as Assistant Professor and was subsequently promoted to Associate Professor in 1990 and Professor in 1996. He has moved to the University of Tokyo as Professor in 2004

Areas of expertise:

Heterogeneous catalysis and Materials chemistry, with particular focus on photocatalytic and Photoelectrochemical hydrogen production from water.

Takeshi Morikawa

Current position

Laboratory Manager, Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc.

Country

Japan

Topic of Presentation:

Artificial Photosynthesis
Photochemical CO2 fixation using H2O and sunlight

Career history:

After finishing my postgraduate course at Nagoya University, I entered Toyota Central R&D. I have been working on developing technologies which are associated with automotive control and also I have been conducting fundamental researches which are important for automobile industry. From 2003 to 2006, I worked as a leader of the project of NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization, http://www.nedo.go.jp/english/index.html) for development of photocatalysts active under visible light irradiation. In 1990’s, I belonged to a laboratory for development of sensors for automobile control, and successfully installed a pressure sensor and a yaw-rate sensor using piezo-resistive effect of silicon and piezo-electric effect of quartz, respectively. In 2000’s, I have developed a semiconductor photocatalyst material for environmental purification which can be activated under visible light irradiation by doping nitrogen into titanium dioxide.
In recent years, I have been in charge of development of an artificial photosynthetic system composed of combinations of semiconductors and metal-complex catalysts, which convert carbon dioxide and water into useful organic chemicals using sunlight energy. In this conference, I will provide our recent work on the artificial photosynthesis, solar CO2 conversion to organic chemicals using water, which exhibit a very high solar–to-chemical conversion efficiency exceeding those of plants.

Areas of expertise:

Artificial Photosynthesis, Photocatalysis, Semiconductor physics, Photochemistry

Tohru SetoyamaView and Download Presentation

Current position

Fellow, Executive Officer, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation
General Manager, Setoyama Laboratory

Country

Japan

Topic of Presentation:

How can we transform the cutting edge sciences to the innovative industrial technologies in order to mitigate CO2 emission?

Career history:

During my career of research for 30 years or more, the former part in 20th century was mainly the development of petrochemical catalyst. Because I felt that almost all of the chemical processes have little room for intrinsic differentiation, I moved my focus to the subjects on green sustainable chemistry (GSC) at the latter career in 21st century. One direction is the pursue of better chemical resources in order to mitigate CO2 emission. Considering the time-table for industrialization of innovative technologies, we have been developing various kinds of chemical process. Diversification of chemical feed stocks to better fossil resources such as CH4 and alkanes from a LCA view point should have the highest priority from a realistic view point. However fossil resources emit CO2 anyway, feed stocks, which expect lower CO2 emission, are preferable. Biomass is believed to be preferable chemical resource but its industrialization has a serious dilemma between production amount and value-addition. While value-addition is a driving force for commercialization, we have to satisfy with a meaningful reduction of CO2 emission too. Now I am a project leader of “Artificial Photo Synthesis Project” funded by New Energy Developing Organization(NEDO) of Japan. However water splitting to hydrogen and oxygen under visible light is a very difficult reaction on cutting-edge science, we can confirm the steady progress toward the target performance. To maintain the prosperity of human society on GSC, we believe that we want to contribute to it not only through the scientific innovations but also the realistic long-shot strategy.

Areas of expertise:

Design of inorganic materials (Heterogeneous catalyst, zeolites, Ceramics, nano materials)

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