Elements Strategy Initiative for Catalysts and Batteries, Kyoto University Project-Specific Assistant Professor
Motivation for Becoming a Researcher
I have enjoyed investigating and summarizing things since I was a child. During my school days, I found the study of catalysts interesting and thought it was fun to solve the mysteries we encountered in our research. This led me on a path to my current job.
Your Greatest Strengths
I am also interested in machinery and electronic work, and I am good at building and starting-up the reactors for catalytic reaction. The basis of catalyst research is to “prepare and try” catalysts. Therefore, the catalysts and reactors always go hand-in-hand. Everyday I am constantly contending with metal piping and electric wiring, despite the fact that I am a chemist.
What Makes Your Research Interesting or Worthwhile
I think one of the most interesting aspects of research is that there is more than one approach to achieving the same purpose. I value good steadfast methods of proceeding step by step, but at the same time I understand that solutions can come from unexpected places.
Other Research That Interests You
I am interested in operand measurements and I would like to try to analyze the dynamic behavior of catalysts using combined techniques, such as XRD + XAFS + IR. I believe that operand analysis can be a very powerful tool for considering the true appearance of a catalyst.
Interests Other Than Research You Would Like to Pursue
Having bought a new oven, I would like to return to my hobby of making confections. To me, the process of making sweets is similar to a chemistry experiment because the precision required in weighing, stirring, and heating greatly affects the quality of the product.
Elements Strategy Initiative for Catalysts and Batteries, Kyoto University
Project-Specific Assistant Professor
Principal Work History:
I received my Ph.D. at Oita University in 2009 under the supervision of Prof. Yusaku Takita. The focus of my research was the development of catalysts and processes for hydrogen production. After serving as a postdoctoral researcherer (Research Fellow of JSPS) and scientific researcher at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), I accepted a position as Project-Specific Assistant Professor at Kyoto University. I have been granted visiting appointments at Oita University from 2011 to the present. Currently, my primary focus of research is on the development of exhaust gas purification catalysts and their characterization.
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