Young Faculty : Lecturer Kenta Iyoki


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Lecturer Kenta Iyoki, Okubo - Iyoki Lab, Department of Chemical System Engineering


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Sep 2021 – to date : Lecturer, Department of Chemical System Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Apr 2016 – Aug 2021 : Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical System Engineering, The University of Tokyo

Apr 2014 – Mar 2016 : JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow for Research Abroad, Department of Chemical Engineering,Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

 2014 : Ph.D. in Chemical System Engineering, The University of Tokyo


<About the Research>

Technologies to remove greenhouse gases and other harmful substances, make them harmless, or convert them into something else useful are becoming increasingly important to solve environmental problems. I believe that the key to breakthroughs in realizing such technologies lies in new materials, new synthesis and preparation methods, and where and how to use these technologies.




My research is particularly focused on crystalline inorganic porous materials called zeolites. Zeolites have frameworks with regularly arranged, molecule-sized pores, and there are more than 250 known crystal structures, each with different pore structures. In order to introduce these materials to the world as truly useful materials, we are developing highly efficient synthesis and functionalization methods and conducting research on their application as catalysts and adsorbents.


<Future Aspirations>

I believe that tiny molecule-sized pores have great power to save the world. My ultimate goal is to establish a technology to create zeolite as we wish by controlling it at the atomic level. This will enable us to create adsorbents that can easily adsorb and desorb target substances, catalysts that can convert them into useful substances, and ion-exchange materials that can separate what could not be separated before.



Okubo - Iyoki Lab :


Press release : Search for solid acid catalysts aiming at the development of bifunctional tandem catalysts for the one-pass synthesis of lower olefins via CO2 hydrogenation