10Division ofChemical EngineeringArea of Chemical Reaction Engineering■Prof.： Norikazu NISHIYAMA, Masayoshi NAKANO, Koichiro JITSUKAWA■Assoc.Prof.：Yasuyuki EGASHIRA, Yasuteru SHIGETA, Tomoo MIZUGAKI■Assis.Prof.： Haruo YAMASHITA, Yoshiaki UCHIDA, Ryohei KISHI, Takato MITSUDOME, Zen MAENOThe Nanoreaction Engineering Group has the aim of developing new reaction and separation pro-cesses using nano-structured materials. This group focuses on (1) the synthesis of nanostructured materi-als such as nanoporous inorganic materials and liquid crystals via self-organization and self-assembly, (2) development of nano-scale reaction elds, and (3) development of membrane separation and adsorption processes, based on physical chemistry, reaction engi-neering and separation engineering. This group is also conducting researches on aorestation of arid land for the purpose of carbon dioxide xation. Technologies for eective use of limited water resources and pro-cess simulators have been developed. The Quantum Chemical Engineering Group has investigated quantum nonlinear optical and magnetic properties of molecular systems, quantum dynamics, and quantum transport phenomena of electrons and energy in supramolecular systems in view of their chemical structural dependence and interaction with environ-ments by utilizing quantum chemistry and statistical physics. The group aims to construct novel concepts in theoretical chemistry and to develop guidelines for theoretical proactive design of quantum materials in the future electronics, photonics, spintronics, and bio-materials. The High Performance Catalyst Group exploits highly functionalized catalysts based on novel characteristics of mineral compounds, metal clusters, and organic polymers. The catalyst surface is characterized at the atomic level using the latest spectroscopic techniques. This group aims at the development of environmentally acceptable chemical reactions utilizing the above catalysts, which can pro-vide clean and simple alternative methods to replace hazardous synthetic routes with low atom utilization.Area of Environment and Energy System■Prof.： Yasunori OKANO■Assoc.Prof.：Hiroshi SATO■Assoc.Prof.：Takahiko BAN■Assis.Prof.：Youhei TAKAGI, Takeshi SUGAHARAThe Transport Phenomena Control Group devel-ops the smart control technology of transport phe-nomena encountered in various chemical engineering processes by using the external forces such as rota-tion, magnetic and electric elds. Furthermore, the phase interface phenomena related with the Maran-goni convection along interface between dierent phases, the self-propelled liquid and the stress relax-ation on solid-liquid interface are also investigated. The Environmental Physical Chemistry Group focuses on the application of physical chemistry to the global environmental problem and future energy, properties of gas hydrates, high-pressure phase behavior, mechanism of crystallization on meso-scopic level, and functions of molecular clusters.Area of Bioprocess Engineering■Prof.：Hiroshi UMAKOSHI, Masahito TAYA■Assoc.Prof.：Shinji SAKAI■Assoc.Prof.：Yukihiro OKAMOTO■Assis.Prof.：Keishi SUGA, Yoshihiro OJIMA, Kazunori SHIMIZUThe Bio-Inspired Chemical Engineering Group aims to establish a new chemical engineering inspired by biological and bionic systems. This group focuses on the creation of a new separation engineering utiliz-ing “molecular recognition” based on physical chemis-try of “self-assembly system” (i.e. liposome mem-brane). This group exploits the self-assembly system as a “platform” to achieve the molecular recognition and is expanding it to the design and development of a variety of bio-inspired materials, such as articial enzyme (nano-biomaterial), articial organ (medical device), and nano-bioreactor (microuidics). The Bio-reaction Engineering Group has the aim of estab-lishing a sophisticated bioreaction system, and it con-ducts research on such topics as understanding and control of microbial consortia and intracellular me-tabolisms for bio-production, reconstruction of three-The Division of Chemical Engineering covers the fundamental studies on elucidation of the phenomena in chemical conversion processes, which deal with material synthesis and separation, energy conversion and storage, and design and development of functional materials with high conversion eciencies, as well as the application studies on the development of novel industrial processes including studies on solving energy and global environmental problems. The research projects are being conducted based on the latest information in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, computational science and quantum science, and the nal results obtained are integrated as new knowledge and methodologies, targeting the development of a sustainable society with recycle and reuse system which is friendly to environment on Earth. As the core of the research group, Program for Leading Graduate Schools "Interactive Materials Science Cadet Program", intensive researches and high-level education are being conducted to bring up young scientists and/or engineers who pioneer a new era, while keeping in close collaborations with the Research Center for Solar Energy Chemistry.