Awarded by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry
Sustainable surfactant "Bio-IOS"
Masato NOMURA, Yohei YOSHIKAWA, ShingoTAKADA, Toku FUJIOKA and Yuichiro Tase
Due to the rapid global growth of population and economy, the demands for surfactant and detergent are expected to keep increasing over the supply capacity. To solve this issue, we developed bio-based Internal Olefin Sulfonate (Bio IOS) from the surplus C16 and C18 vegetable oils that have been generally considered unsuitable as a raw material for surfactant owing to decreased water solubility and applied to a laundry detergent as a main component which succeeded in the reduction of environmental impact.
Awarded by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Leading Research on Development of Novel Dehydrogenative Oxidation Using Solid Catalysts
We have designed function integrated heterogeneous catalysts and realized various GSC compatible functional group transformations based on dehydrogenative oxidations, such as oxidative amidation, amine formal oxygenation, and dehydrogenative aromatization.
Awarded by the Minister of the Environment
Development of recycling technology for gypsum board
Shingo HIRANAKA(*1), Makoto KATAOKA(*1), Hiroyoshi KATO(*1) and Hideki KURODA(*2)
(*1)Tokuyama Corporation,(*2)Tokuyama Chiyoda Gypsum Co.,Ltd.
In order to recycle waste gypsum board as a raw material for gypsum board, it was necessary to modify its specific crystal structure. Therefore, we have developed a continuous reaction process to recrystallize the gypsum of waste gypsum board. Currently, two factories have been constructed and stable operation is continuing. All of the gypsum manufactured at both factories is sold to Chiyoda Ute Co., Ltd., a gypsum board maker, and used as a raw material for boards.
Venture Capitals Award
Industrialization of microwave chemical process
Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd.
Microwave Chemical Co., Ltd. (“MWCC”) was founded in 2007 and have developed the platform technology of microwave. We started the world’s first chemical plant using microwave in 2014 and have expanded to various chemical applications. Since microwave can provide energy with the target material directly and selectively, energy efficiency is very high. MWCC also contributes to accelerating the circular economy by developing the highly efficient decomposition of used plastics. We believe microwave should be a key technology for carbon-neutral. Our target is to replace 10% of the existing petro-chemical plants by microwave process and reduce 57 million tons of CO2 emissions by 2050.
Small and medium-sized enterprises Award
Water-saving agriculture producing high quality crops with a hydrogel film
Mebiol Inc. has invented a film called “Imec” made of hydrogel for growing vegetables with less water. The film prevents harmful viruses and germs from getting in, rendering pesticides unnecessary. The film also creates a “water stress” that helps crops such as tomatoes synthesize large amounts of sugar, amino acids, and other nutrients. This, in turn, leads to more natural sweetness and higher nutritional value. In addition, Imec eliminates soil contamination that can negatively impact crop productivity and quality.
Development of biomass conversion process by using membrane separation technology
Shigeyuki FUNADA, Koji KOBAYASHI, Takuya KASAHARA, Hiroyuki KURIHARA and Katsushige YAMADA
Toray Industries, Inc.
Technology development of CO2 separation and capture using DDR-type zeolite membrane
Hiroaki HASEGAWA(*1), Shogo TERATANI(*1), Makiko NIITANI(*2) and Kenji YAJIMA(*2)
(*1) JGC CORPORATION, (*2) NGK INSULATORS, LTD.
Catalyst Development for lowering the temperature of the CO2 methanation and establishment of CO2 methanation-water electrolysis cooperation system
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Effective Utilization of Non-edible Biomass for environment-conscious Functional Materials
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Development of greener catalytic synthetic methods of amines and amino acids