Biofunctional Catalyst Research Team

Team Leader

Ryuhei Nakamura

D.Sci.

Ryuhei Nakamura

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2005
D.Sci., Osaka University
2005
Postdoctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
2006
Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo
2012
Visiting Scientist, RIKEN
2013
Team Leader, Biofunctional Catalyst Research Team, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (-current)

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Biofunctional Catalyst Research Team,
RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science

2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198 Japan
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Biofunctional Catalyst Research Team
We work on the development of biologically inspired catalysts and their application to energy conversion and production systems. Specifically, we aim to understand nature’s ingenuity towards multielectron transfer catalysis, electron/proton transport, metabolic regulation, responsiveness to external stimuli, and energy management in deep sea environments to develop the novel materials and systems necessary to effectively manage renewable energy sources.

Subjects

  1. Development of water splitting catalysts
  2. Investigation of giant electro-ecosystems in a deep hydrothermal environment
  3. Microbial Electricity generation
Electron Flow & Evolution of Life
Our target is to find the role of electrical current for emergence and evolution of life; how nature has utilized the electrical current from billion years ago, and its relevance in our modem technology, such as fuel cell, battery, voltage amplifier, and thermoelectric conversion. Knowing the evolution of this in nature would be a nice guidance to realize sustainable human ecosystems.