Director's Message

Catalysis Development Toward Solution for Global Problems

Jun-ya Hasegawa

As the successor of the former director, Kiyotaka Asakura, I would like to say a few words in the beginning of the fiscal year 2018.
 The establishment of the institute can be dated back to 1943 when the Research Institute for Catalysis was established in Hokkaido Imperial University. The Institute was restructured as Catalytic Research Center in 1989 and further into the present form, Institute for Catalysis (ICAT) in 2015. The department of fundamental research is responsible for the research and development of innovative catalysts. The department of practical applications aims at transferring the achievement to the industrial application and also at creating technological seeds inspired by the industrial needs. The department of target research is driven by associate professors. Researchers outside ICAT even from foreign countries are collaborating on specific important problems. Catalysis Collaborative Research Center provides cooperation units to adapt to the social imperatives that is rapidly changing.
 In 2010 ICAT was authorized as a Joint Usage/Research Center by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. Since then, ICAT has provided financial and technical supports to collaboration proposals from the catalysis community. We plan to internationalize this project to promote collaboration with researcher from abroad.
 ICAT also participates a MEXT project, Integrated Research Consortium on Chemical Sciences, that is jointly organized by Nagoya, Kyoto, Kyusyu Universities. This project aims to unify the concept of materials and synthesis at the interdisciplinary level and also to cultivate young researchers.
 Since problems on natural resources and environment become more and more prominent, developments in material transformation and energy conversion will be essential not only for our affluence but for the foundation of life on earth. We will pursuit both principle and innovation in catalytic science to solve these problems. We hope to have your guidance and warm support.

Jun-ya Hasegawa
Director of Institute for Catalysis
April 2018.