Ecomaterial Science Laboratory (with Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth)
|Staff & Contact|
|Educational Staff||Visiting Prof. Katsunori Yogo, Kazuya Goto
Visiting Associate Prof. Hidetaka Yamada
Education and Research Activities in the Laboratory
The Ecomaterial Science Laboratory, staffed by researchers of the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), provides research and education on fundamental technologies to solve the global warming issues. We endeavor to develop advanced materials for CO2 capture and inorganic membranes for H2 energy production. Specifically, solid materials (e.g. zeolite, mesoporous silica, MOF) have been investigated in order to reduce the energy requirements and cost for CO2 capture. Concerning CO2-free, H2-based energy systems generated by any renewable sources, it is necessary to develop efficient processes for the dehydrogenation of chemical hydrides such as methylcyclohexane or ammonia. We evaluate silica, zeolite and palladium membranes for the processing of chemical hydrides.
In our laboratory, we normally provide our students with OJT (on-the-job training) education through the projects conducted in RITE. The students can deepen their understanding of social contexts, causes and countermeasures concerning global environmental issues. They also learn fundamental knowledge of material science in relevant subjects such as physical chemistry, organic/inorganic chemistry, synthesis, and chemical engineering.
1. Development of CO2 capture technologies
Research on high-performance and energy-saving materials for gas separation in the fields of greenhouse gas mitigation, air quality control in space stations, etc.
・ zeolite ・ mesoporous materials ・ polymeric materials
・ metal organic framework (MOF)
2. Development of inorganic membranes for an H2 energy society
Research on various separation membranes for use of inorganic materials.
・ palladium (Pd) membranes ・ zeolite membranes
・ chemical vapor deposition (CVD) based silica membranes
3. Computer-aided material development
Multi-scale simulations playing an important role in material developments.
・ quantum chemical calculation ・ molecular dynamics (MD)
・ process simulation
Explanatory Pictures of Research Activities
- Fig. 1 CO2 Separation and Capture Technologies
- Fig. 2 Novel palladium (Pd) membrane for H2 Separation
Recent Research Papers and Achievements
1. D. S. Dao, H. Yamada, and K. Yogo, “Response surface optimization of impregnation of blended amines into mesoporous silica for high-performance CO2 capture”, Energy & Fuels, 29, pp.985−992 (2015).
2. M. Miyamoto, T. Nakatani, Y. Fujioka, K.Yogo “Verified synthesis of pure silica CHA-type zeolite in fluorite media”, Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 206, pp.67-74 (2015).
3. K. Yogo, H. Takeyama and K. Nagata, “Pore-fill-type palladium-porous alumina composite membrane for hydrogen separation”, Energy Procedia, 37, pp.1104-1108 (2013).