Catalyst Materials Laboratory

W. Ueda

Wataru Ueda

Office: 23-829-1 Ext.: 3903


03/1981, Ph.D., Tokyo Institute of Technology

S. Ishikawa

Satoshi Ishikawa
(Assistant Professor)

Laboratory: 23-827 Ext.: 3902


09/2015, Ph.D., Hokkaido University

Research Field

Materials Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Catalysis.

Research Overview

Synthesizing inorganic materials with novel structures to obtain catalysts. Oxidation of lower alkanes to manufacture chemicals. Conversion of biomass-derived materials into chemicals

Research Subjects

  • 1. Conversion of cellulose into lactic acid using a high-dimensionally structured niobium oxide catalyst.
  • 2. Oxidation of C1-C4 alkanes for chemical manufacturing.
  • 3. Synthesis of Mo-Se mixed metal oxide nanowires for cellulose conversion.
  • 4. Synthesis of mesoporous materials for catalysis.


Catalytic oxidation is an important class of reaction, especially for converting fossil fuel resources into energy and useful chemical products. In addition, the demand for high energy and resource efficiency in manufacturing processes has been growing. We are developing sophisticated design and synthetic methods for catalytic materials that can convert biomass and oxidize alkanes into useful chemicals efficiently.

  • 1. Synthesis of Crystalline Microporous Mo-V-Bi Oxide for Selective (Amm)Oxidation of Light Alkanes, S. Ishikawa, Y. Goto, Y. Kawahara, S. Inukai, N. Hiyoshi, N.F. Dummer, T. Murayama, A. Yoshida, M. Sadakane, W. Ueda, Chemistry of Materials, 2017, 29, 2939-2950
  • 2. Synthesis of ε-Keggin-type Cobaltomolybdate-based 3D Framework Material and Characterization Using Atomic-scale HAADF-STEM and XANES, T. Igarashi, Z-X. Zhang, T. Haioka, N. Iseki, N. Hiyoshi, N. Sakaguchi, C. Kato, S. Nishihara, K. Inoue, A. Yamamoto, H. Yoshida, N. Tsunoji, W. Ueda, T. Sano, M. Sadakane, Inorg. Chem., 2017, 56, 2042-2049
  • 3. All-inorganic porous soft-framework by assembly of metal oxide molecular wires, Z. Zhang, M. Sadakane, S-I. Noro, N. Hiyoshi, A.Yoshida, M. Hara, W. Ueda, Chem. Eur. J., 2017, 23, 1972-1980.
  • 4. Hydrothermal Synthesis of a Layered-type W-Ti-O Mixed Metal Oxide and its Solid Acid Activity, T. Murayama, J. Hirata, K. Nakajima, K. Omata, E. Hensen, W. Ueda, Catal. Sci. Technol., 2017, 7, 243-250
  • 5. Identification of the catalytically active component of Cu-Zr-O catalyst for the hydrogenation of levulinic acid to γ-Valerolactone, S. Ishikawa, D. Jones, S, Iqbal, R, Christian, D, Morgan, D, Willock, P, Miedziak, J, Bartley, J, Edwards, T, Murayama, W, Ueda, G, Hutchings, Green Chemistry, 2017, 19, 225-236.
Affiliated Academic Organizations

W. Ueda:
Catalysis Society of Japan, The Japan Petroleum Institute, The Chemical Society of Japan.

S. Ishikawa:
Catalysis Society of Japan, The Japan Petroleum Institute.

Current members
◯ Professors: 1 ◯ Assistant Professors: 1 ◯ Post-doctors: 2
◯ Postgraduates: 6 ◯ Undergraduates: 11

Facilities:X-ray diffractometer, gas-phase catalytic flow reactor, gas chromatograph, liquid chromatograph, surface area analyzer, Fourier transform-infrared spectrometer, UV-vis spectrometer, TPD, TPR, GC-MS.