Advanced Catalysis Research Group

Group Director

Zhaomin Hou

D.Eng.

Zhaomin Hou

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1989
D.Eng., Kyushu University
1990
Special Postdoctoral Researcher, RIKEN
1991
Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Windsor, Canada
1993
Research Scientist, Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory, RIKEN
1997
Senior Scientist, Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory, RIKEN
2002
Chief Scientist, Organometallic Chemistry Laboratory, RIKEN (-current)
2010
Group Director, Advanced Synthsis Research Group, RIKEN
2013
Deputy Director, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (-current)
2013
Group Director, Advanced Catalysis Research Group, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (-current)

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Advanced Catalysis Research Group,
RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

#S608 6F Chemistry and Materials Physics Building,
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan
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Advanced Catalysis Research Group
Our group aims to develop new generations of catalysts, which are superior or complementary to existing ones, for the synthesis of fine chemicals and functional polymers and for the efficient use of untapped resources. Our research interests include: (1) precision copolymerization of non-polar and polar olefins for the synthesis of new functional polymers by unique rare-earth metal catalysts, (2) development of regio-, stereo-, and enantioselective and atom-, operation-efficient chemical transformations for the synthesis of fine chemicals by designing new catalysts and new reactions, and (3) activation and transformation of small molecules such as N2, CO, and CO2 by synergistic molecular multimetallic polyhydride clusters.

Subjects

  1. Precision olefin polymerization by unique rare-earth metal catalysts
  2. Innovative organic synthesis based on new catalyst and reaction designs
  3. Small molecule activation and transformation by molecular multimetallic hydride clusters
A novel scandium catalyst for precision copolymerization of various monomers
An isolated intermediate of a CO2 incorporation reaction