Professor Osamu Ishitani of the Department of Chemistry, School of Science held a press seminar to explain the discovery of new catalysts that convert carbon dioxide into a resource at Tokyo Tech's Ookayama Campus on November 27.
Industrial activities result in large amounts of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere. We do not possess practical technology to reduce and immobilize CO2 like plants do with photosynthesis. This is the root cause of three problems: the energy problem, carbon resource depletion, and global warming. If we achieved a practical technology to reuse emitted CO2 as a resource through artificial photosynthesis, we could anticipate a joint solution to these three problems.
Ishitani recently published papers on two breakthroughs regarding this problem and explained his findings at this press seminar.