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Development of High-performance Zeolite Catalysts for Effective Use of Carbon Resources

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If the resource, energy, and environmental problems facing the world are to be overcome, it is important that effective use be made of different types of resources. Given the problems of dwindling oil resources in particular and of reducing emissions of CO2, establishing ways of making effective use of both conventional and unconventional carbon resources is a particularly crucial challenge. With “Environmentally conscious manufacturing – catalysts are the key” as a catchphrase, the authors have focused their research on zeolites, a class of microporous crystalline aluminosilicates with molecular-scale voids in their crystal structures. This article describes their recent work on the development of zeolite catalysts for the effective use of carbon resources.

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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Toshiyuki Yokoi, Dr. Eng.

Assistant Professor, Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Science, Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is currently engaged in the development of Zeolite catalysts related to the effective utilization of carbon resources. Dr. Yokoi is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), The Chemical Society of Japan (CSJ), the Catalysis Society of Japan (CATSJ), The Society of Chemical Engineers, Japan (SCEJ), the Japan Petroleum Institute (JPI), and the Japan Association of zeolite.

Takashi Tatsumi, Dr. Eng.

Former Executive Vice President of the Tokyo Institute of Technology; Current Tokyo Institute of Technology Professor Emeritus; and President, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE).

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