Green & Sustainable Chemistry Social Cooperation Laboratory

 Green & sustainable chemistry (GSC) social cooperation laboratory was established in April, 2012 for the purpose of developing practical and environmentally-friendly chemical processes, and to educate international researchers who will lead this area, with the cooperation of several companies whom agree with our intentions.

Department of Chemistry, School of Science, The University of Tokyo

Promotion of GSC by industrial-academic-government cooperation

With the growing realization of the ever increasing environmental and energy problems, research and development in GSC area have expanded intensively for the construction of a sustainable society. In particular, the development of environmentally-friendly (= green) chemical processes is an essential aspect of GSC. However, realization of industrial processes is not trivial since many challenges, such as the development of innovative catalysts, recycling systems, green materials and products, and cost-reduction must be solved. These challenges can be met through systematic research and development by the cooperation between industry, academia, and government. Moreover, the education of international researchers, who will lead this area, is essential for the global realization and development of a sustainable society. Our laboratory aims to promote domestic and international GSC activities through research and education.

Top GSC technology toward industrial processes

The main focus of this laboratory is the promotion of GSC through industrial-academic-government cooperation. We plan to develop green chemical processes including the choice of starting materials, separation processes and recycle processes by utilizing cutting edge GSC technologies. In many developing nations, industrial wastewater is often discharged into large bodies of water (rivers, lakes, oceans) without appropriate treatment. It is important maintain global leadership in GSC technologies and we must strive to continuously develop and discover new green chemical processes. Since we possess a variety of seed technologies for green chemical processes, we plan to seamlessly develop industrial processes by cooperating with our industrial partners. Catalyst technology, which is one of the most important key technologies in GSC, requires higher catalytic activity and longer lifetime of the catalysts. GSC research closely relates to many scientific areas, including organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry, and synergistic interactions with the various sub-disciplines of chemistry are expected. Our laboratory aims to significantly contribute to the development of GSC by creating opportunities to discover new principles and/or technologies by facilitating cooperation between industry, academia, and government.

Systematic study of basic and top GSC

GSC not only relates to chemical and environmental studies, but also to energy, law, politics, and economy. Systematic study of GSC by the creative cooperation between these areas is critical for the development of GSC and the construction of a sustainable society. Our research will include systematic study of GSC towards the total development of the GSC field. Due to the rapidly proceeding regulation of chemical substances around the world, GSC should be considered the global standard. The evaluation of the total greenness of the lifecycle of chemical products is a necessary component in the development of green chemical processes. The standard of ‘green’ is mutable and depends on our current scientific knowledge and/or social conditions. The continuous discovery or development of novel technology and information is desired. We plan to obtain GSC information from the world and develop new GSC.

We will contribute to the leadership of our country in the world and promote global GSC by cooperation, research and education. To achieve this purpose, we accumulate the technology and knowledge through industrial-academic-government cooperation and promote our activities.

Project Associate Professor: Harurou Ishitani

Project Lecturer: Woo-Jin Yoo

Project Assistant Professor: Tomohiro Yasukawa


2018.6.1 Woo-Jin Yoo was appointed as a project lecturer.

2017.3.25 3rd International Symposium on Catalysis Toward Green Sustainable Chemistry (CAT-GSC-3) was held.


Cooperating Companies

Kumiai Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
Showa Denko K.K.
Tokyo Chemical Industry Co., Ltd.
Toyo Gosei Co., Ltd.
Towa Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
NIikko Chemicals Co., Ltd.
Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd.
FUJIFILM Corporation
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.

Supporting Company

Chiyoda Corporation