Mission of the Advanced Chemical Energy Research Center

 Energy and environment issues have risen to become some of the most prominent challenges of the 21st century. The alarm bells have long been sounded on the continued use of fossil fuels, which modern societies have so far used with abandon. There are clear reasons for the prominence of these problems. For one, fossil fuels are limited in supply by their very nature, and therefore cannot be used indefinitely. Another reason is that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen as a consequence of continued fossil fuel use to such a degree that it is difficult to ignore the link between this rise and abnormal weather events. In any case, because fossil fuels are unsustainable, expectations for natural sources of energy, such as solar and wind power (i.e. renewable energy), are growing.

 The Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)are a set of 17 broad goals adopted at a UN summit in 2015. Among them are the two goals of “7: Affordable and Clean Energy” and “13: Climate Action.” For the effective utilization of energy, including the renewable energy that would contribute to these goals, it will become increasingly important to further develop science and technology of chemical energy. Specifically, efficient conversion of chemical energy (the energy of matter) to electric energy (more readily usable form) and vice versa, and efficient transport of energy carrier is indispensable.

 To contribute to the construction of a low-carbon society, i.e. a society free from fossil fuels, we have established the Advanced Chemical Energy Research Center. The Center will serve as a new base of research in chemical energy-related fields.

NEWS & TOPICS

Sep 12, 2022
ACERC hosts mini-Symposium "Electromaterials and Systems" on September 29, 2022
June 01, 2022
A research paper by Professor WATANABE was published as a cover article in "ACS Omega" journal
May 12, 2022
A research paper by Associate Professor UENO and Advanced Energy-Storage Research Lab researchers was published as a cover article in "ChemElectroChem" journal
Apr 26, 2022
Professor ATOBE and Professor MITSUSHIMA's research group elucidated the working mechanism of alloy catalysts in chemical synthesis using electric energy ; the reseach article published online on "ACS Catalysis" journal
Apr 22, 2022
A research paper by Associate Professor UENO and Advanced Energy-Storage Research Lab researchers was published as a cover article in "Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics" journal
Apr 14, 2022
A research paper by Professor WATANABE and Advanced Energy-Storage Research Lab researchers was published as a cover article in "Batteries & Supercaps" journal
Feb 22, 2021
Associate Professor Inagaki given the Encouragement Award of The Japan Society on Adsorption
Feb 05, 2021
Paper published by Associate Professor Ueno and others highlighted as one of the 2021 PCCP Hot Articles
Jan 07, 2021
Center Director Masayoshi Watanabe (specially appointed professor) chosen for the 73rd Chemical Society of Japan Award
Dec 20, 2020
The Center was interviewed for the January 2021Nikkei Electronics Special Issue on “Ushering in a Low-Carbon Society”
Nov 05, 2020
A ceremony to celebrate the appointment of Visiting Professor Toshiyuki Osawa
Nov 01, 2020
The Center welcomed Visiting Professor Toshiyuki Osawa
Oct 01, 2020
The Advanced Chemical Energy Research Center opened
Apr 14, 2020
Associate Professor Ueno given the Young Scientists’ Award by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
Mar 27, 2020
Research team led by Professor Yabuuchi published a paper on high energy density battery materials
Mar 20, 2020
Associate Professor Kuroda given Award of Distinguished Reviewer by JCS-Japan
Mar 18, 2020
Specially Appointed Professor Watanabe, Professor Dokko, and Associate Professor Ueno given awards for paper authorship by the Electrochemical Society of Japan
Mar 06, 2020
Specially Appointed Professor Watanabe named Electrochemical Society of Japan Fellow
Feb 27, 2020
Professor Atobe given Seiichi Tejima Book Award
Mar 28, 2019
Professor Mitsushima given an award for paper authorship by the Electrochemical Society of Japan