The KAITEKI Institute

Research

Research

KAITEKI Institute conducts investigation and research activities in three fundamental areas: 1) the environment, natural resources and energy 2) water and food 3) health. The words Sol (sun), Aqua (water) and Vita (life) represent each of the three research areas, and serve as keywords guiding The KAITEKI Institutefs activities. We take an interdisciplinary approach to our research, drawing on the natural as well as social sciences.

The following are some specific investigation and research themes we are currently working on:
- New energy resources
- New energy efficiency devices
- Agricultural technology
- Water and food problems
- Population issues
- Healthcare for aged society
- Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's, depression, and other diseases
- Technology related to new medical processes

Please see the Activities page for introductions to our activities in each area.

Sol Aqua Vita
Utilization of CO2 as a carbon resource

As fossil fuel resources become scarcer and more expensive and as greenhouse emissions are increasingly regulated worldwide, CO2 may become the ultimate carbon resource. Our aim is to devise efficient and cost-effective means for synthesizing basic chemicals, chemical intermediates, and materials such as polymers using plentiful CO2 and water as basic ingredients. It is envisioned that the energy for such transformations would come from the sun, possibly by splitting water into its more energetic components hydrogen and oxygen. The KAITEKI Institute will explore both biological, e.g. photosynthesis, and chemical, e.g. photocatalysis, means for CO2 transformation and utilization.

Material science

For a sustainable and "comfortable" society, not only do we need to utilize renewable resources, but we also need to strive for optimum energy efficiency in our living and working spaces, transportation systems, equipment and manufacturing processes. This should be done without sacrificing performance, comfort, and quality of life, and ideally achieving cost-savings. With these objectives in mind, the Institute aims to develop innovative and highly efficient materials and devices for energy generation, storage, conservation, and tranformation.

Sensibility science

There are various aspects to achieving "comfort" in the human condition throughout the world. In the spirit of KAITEKI, we will apply computational science to theoretically analyze why certain materials and designs of living and work spaces, as well as transportation systems, are perceived as "comfortable". Based on this analysis, we will identify new types of materials, new construction methods, and new architectural designs that can be translated into business activity by the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group to realize a globally "comfortable" existence.