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2019.7.25

Research on Ammonia Decomposition Published in Nature Chemistry.


The group of Associate Professor Kazunari Nakajima (Frontier Research Center for Energy and Resources (FRCER), School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo), Professor Yoshiaki Nishibayashi (Department of Systems Innovation, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo), and Professor Ken Sakata (Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Toho University) reported a new ammonia decomposition reaction with ruthenium catalysts. The research paper was published in Nature Chemistry.
In this research, the authors succeeded in the oxidative conversion of ammonia into dinitrogen gas. This process corresponds to the energy extraction from ammonia to gain electrical energy. This research provides potential basis to develop a fuel cell using ammonia as an energy source (energy carrier).

Kazunari Nakajima, Hiroki Toda, Ken Sakata, Yoshiaki Nishibayashi. Ruthenium-catalysed oxidative conversion of ammonia into dinitrogen. Nature Chemistry 11, 702-709 (2019).

Puplished paper is here

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2019.4.25

Research on Ammonia Synthesis Published in Nature.


Associate Professor Kazunari Nakajima, Frontier Research Center for Energy and Resources (FRCER), Professor Yoshiaki Nishibayashi, Department of Systems Innovation and co-workers reported a new ammonia synthesis with molybdenum catalyst. The research paper was published in Nature.
In this research, the authors succeeded in the use of water as a hydrogen source for ammonia in combination with samarium diiodide as a reductant. The successful use of water, an abundant hydrogen source, in ammonia synthesis from dinitrogen provides an important basis toward utilization of ammonia as an energy carrier.

Yuya Ashida, Kazuya Arashiba, Kazunari Nakajima, Yoshiaki Nishibayashi. Molybdenum-Catalysed Ammonia Production with Samarium Diiodide and Alcohols or Water. Nature 568, 536-540 (2019).

Puplished paper is here

It is also introduced by "News and Views" in Nature.

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2019.03.20

The 20th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling (PetroPhase 2019)

On June 2-6, 2019, The 20th International Conference on Petroleum Phase Behavior and Fouling (PetroPhase 2019) will be held at Ishikawa Ongakudo (Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan).

Detailed information is here.

2019.02.20

[Event] SUPRI-Tides: Research Consortium on Analysis of Earth Tides 2018 Annual Meeting

On February 22, 2019, the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Research Consortium on Analysis of Earth Tides, SUPRI-Tides, will be held at the University of Tokyo.

Detailed information is here.

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2018.11.06

Director/Professor Yasuhiro Kato, Frontier Research Center for Energy and Resources (FRCER), received the top prize at the 2018 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Award.

  


On October 31, 2018, Director/Professor Yasuhiro Kato, Frontier Research Center for Energy and Resources (FRCER)/Department of Systems Innovation, received the top prize at the 2018 Nikkei Global Environmental Technology Award, which is presented by Nikkei Inc.

This award is provided to excellent research achievements that will establish the sustainability of global environment by technologies targeting climate changes, renewable energies and energy conservation, material recycle, environment and ecosystem conservation, etc., from the perspectives of uniqueness, future prospects, and feasibility.


Detailed information is here.

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