Nov 18, 2022
OMU Research team makes a proposal for CO2 storage to COP27 through the Royal Society of Chemistry
Professor Yutaka Amao, Director of the Research Center for Artificial Photosynthesis, and Mika Takeuchi, a first-year master’s student at the Graduate School of Science, were interviewed by the Royal Society of Chemistry about a paper they published in the first issue "RSC Sustainability", a new journal launched by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The first issue of "RSC Sustainability" came out at the start of the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which is being held from November 6 to 18. During the livestream interview Professor Amao addressed COP27, proposing that CO2 be used as a raw material, stored in a durable solid form, such as for biodegradable plastic—thereby contributing to carbon reduction—by combining carbon dioxide with other organic compounds using a biocatalyst.
Professor Amao’s comment
Mika Takeuchi, a graduate student in my laboratory, and I have succeeded in producing fumarate which is a raw material for making biodegradable plastics, using a biocatalyst to combine CO2 with biomass-derived compound. We were able to present these results during COP27 and make a proposal for CO2 reduction through the RSC, and hope that this research will contribute to the realization of a carbon-neutral society—as proposed by Japan—by 2050.
Journal: RSC Sustainability
Title: Phosphate-induced enhancement of fumarate production from a CO2 and pyruvate with the system of malate dehydrogenase and fumarase
Authors: Mika Takeuchi, Yutaka Amao
The 27th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP27）
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