[Solid catalysts]



[Practical achievements]
Ammonia IRMS-TPD




[Access and address]

[Visitors and guests]

Niwa Lab.
- 2011. 3

Tottori University

Graduate School
of Engineering

Course of
Applied Chemistry

Course of Applied Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology
Graduate School of Engineering
Tottori University
     [Japanese] [English]
Catalyst Characterization Laboratory

Study of heterogeneous catalysis
for solutions of issues of
environment, resources and energy
and contribution to humankind in the future

A catalyst accelerates rate(s) of chemical reaction(s). Catalysis is very complex and just like as designed wisely by nature. Both of organic and inorganic substances act, and atoms play their roles on a solid surface for catalysis. Catalysts join to chemical reactions.

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Catalysis is a creative phenomenon. Catalysts are main actors in chemical factories.

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Catalysts are utilized for production of useful materials and removal of pollutants. All of the raw materials of gasoline, plastics and fibers are being produced using zeolite catalysts. Most of other functional resins, pharmaceuticals, fats, fibers, solvents, ink, liquid crystals and fertilizer are also produced by chemical reactions on catalysts.

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A movie [Catalysts supporting daily life]

Automotive catalyst decomposes NOx, CO and remaining hydrocarbons. Catalysts completely solve the pollution problems.

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A movie [Catalysts for amanity]

A soluble catalyst causes environmental pollution, and therefore their use should be limited. Solid catalysts can realize completely harmless chemical plants from a view of environmental protection.

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In a zeolite, something in an atomic scale creates acidic property and molecular-sieving function, which are fantastic functions. We aim to establish a guide into the design of acid site on the basis of the analysis of solid acid property. We aim to develop catalysts which can synthesize only desired molecules on the basis of the fine control of micropore opening size. We aim to develop an extremely active catalyst for organic synthesis on the basis of dispersion of noble metal in an atomic scale. With ultrananotechnology, finer and newer than old nanotechnology, we aim to open a way to rational design of catalyst and to contribute to the protection of environment and resources.

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In Katada Lab., we will study and dispatch knowledge for humankind from Tottori based on solid catalysts.