Research Units

Nano-materials for Energy Applications and Environmental Protection

The research unit is aiming at developing novel nanomaterials and their applications for biomass conversion, catalysis, and chemical devices such as hydrogen generators, gas sensors, light emitting devices, and batteries. The materials that we are developing include metal oxides, metal sulfides, noble metal-loaded oxides, metal halides, redox clusters, and graphene oxide. Tuning of their size, structure, and morphology leads to the creation of various functional materials with optimized catalytic, electrocatalytic, ion/electron-conducting, and optical properties.

Nano-materials for Energy Applications and Environmental Protection

Unit members

  • Japan
    Unit Coordinator
    Tetsuya KIDA
    Professor, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Kumamoto University
  • Japan
    Armando T. QUITAIN
    Professor, Center for International Education, Kumamoto University
  • Spain
    Maria Jose COCERO Website
    Professor, Chemical Engineering & Environmental Technology, Universidad de Valladolid
  • Japan
    Yusuke INOMATA
    Assisitant Professor, Department of Applied Chemistry & Biochemistry, Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology, Kumamoto University



[Journal publications]

  1. M.C.A. Macawile, A. Durian, R.V. Rubi, A. Quitain, T. Kida, R. Tan, L. Razon, J. Auresenia, Green Synthesis, Characterization, and Catalytic Activity of Amine-multiwalled Carbon Nanotube for Biodiesel Production, Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 5 (2022).
  2. P.Nuket, Y. Akaishi, G. Yoshimura, P. Vas-Umnuay, T. Kida, Enhanced Interfacial Charge Transfer Between CsPbBr3 Quantum Dots and Surface-Modified TiO2/FTO Photoanodes for Photocurrent Generation, Materials Today Nano, 100174 (2022).
  3. T.Tsukahara, S. An, S. Otsuru, Y. Tezuka, S. Nozawa, J. Adachi, K. Akashi, Y. Inagaki, T. Kawae, H. Ishii, Y.-F. Liao, T. Kida, S. Suehiro, M. Nantoh, K. Ishibashi, Y. Ishiwata, Correlation between ferromagnetism and dopant 3d metal-oxygen hybridized state lying at the bottom of conduction band in ZnO-based diluted magnetic semiconductor system, Journal of Applied Physics, 130, 243904 (2021).
  4. C.S.C. Issasi, K. Mori, R.M. Ibarra, M. Sasaki, A.T. Quitain, T. Kida, S. Okubayashi, T. Furusato, One-Pot Synthesis of Thermoresponsive Poly(N-Isopropylacrylamide) Assisted by Pulsed Arc Discharge in Contact with the Water Interface for Wound Dressing Purposes, ACS Applied Polymer Materials, 4, 74-83 (2021).
  5. A. Hardiansyah, W.J. Budiman, N. Yudasari, Isnaeni, T. Kida, A. Wibowo, Facile and Green Fabrication of Microwave-Assisted Reduced Graphene Oxide/Titanium Dioxide Nanocomposites as Photocatalysts for Rhodamine 6G Degradation, ACS omega, 6, 32166-32177 (2021).
  6. A. Mokhtar, R. Morinaga, Y. Akaishi, M. Koinuma, S. Kim, S. Kurihara, T. Kida, T. Fukaminato, Luminescence Photoswitching of Colloidal CsPbBr3 Nanocrystals by Photochromic Diarylethene Ligands, Chemistry Letters, 50, 1534-1538 (2021).
  7. P. Siabbamrung, A.T. Quitain, T. Kida, N. Laosiripojana, P. Boonnoun, A. Shotipruk, Solid acid catalyst prepared via one-step microwave-assisted hydrothermal carbonization: Enhanced stability towards intensified production of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in water/γ-valerolactone/NaCl, Molecular Catalysis, 512, 111772 (2021).
  8. P. Chintakanan, T. Vitidsant, P. Reubroycharoen, P. Kuchonthara, T. Kida, N. Hinchiranan, Bio-jet fuel range in biofuels derived from hydroconversion of palm olein over Ni/zeolite catalysts and freezing point of biofuels/Jet A-1 blends, Fuel, 293, 120472 (2021).
  9. H.K.G Singh, S. Yusup, A.T. Quitain, B. Abdullah, A. Inayat, M. Ameen, K.W. Cheah, M. Sasaki, T. Kida, Y. H. Chai, Five-lump kinetic approach on biofuel production from refined rubber seed oil over Cu/ZSM-5 catalyst via catalytic cracking reaction, Renewable Energy, 171, 1445-1453 (2021).
  10. S. Balasubramaniam, S. Ninomiya, M. Sasaki, A.T. Quitain, T. Kida, M.D.A. Saldaña, Carbon-based solid acid catalyst derived from Undaria pinnatifida and its application in esterification, Algal Research, 55, 102272 (2021).
  11. A.D. Pramata, Y. Akaishi, K. N. Kodama, Y. Mokuge, S. Kawashima, M. Shimoyoshi, C. Sairot, P. Nuket, P. Vas-Umnuay, T. Kida, TiO2-Coated CsPbI3 Quantum Dots Coupled with Polyoxometalates for On/Off Fluorescent Photoswitches, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 4, 4103-4113 (2021).
  12. N.L. Hamidah, M. Shintani, A.S.A. Fauzi, S. Kitamura, E.G. Mission, M. Sasaki, A.T. Quitain, T. Kida, Electrochemical hydrogen production from humid air using cation-modified graphene oxide membranes, Pure and Applied Chemistry, 93, 1-11 (2021).
  13. M.Tao, S. Ishikawa, Z. Zhang, T. Murayama, Y. Inomata, A. Kamiyama, I. Nakaima, Y. Jing, S. Mine, K. Shimoda, T. Toyao, K.-i. Shimizu, W. Ueda, Synthesis of Zeolitic Ti, Zr-Substituted Vanadotungstates and Investigation of Their Catalytic Activities for Low Temperature NH3-SCR, ACS Catalysis, 11, 14016–14025 (2021).
  14. Y. Inomata, S. Hata, E. Kiyonaga, K. Morita, K. Yoshida, M. Haruta, T. Murayama, Synthesis of bulk vanadium oxide with a large surface area using organic acids and its low-temperature NH3-SCR activity, Catalysis Today, 376, 188-196 (2021).
  15. H. Kubota, T. Toyao, Z. Maeno, Y. Inomata, T. Murayama, N. Nakazawa, S. Inagaki, Y. Kubota, and K.-i. Shimizu, Analogous Mechanistic Features of NH3-SCR over Vanadium Oxide and Copper Zeolite Catalysts, ACS Catalysis, 11, 11180–11192 (2021).
  16. R.Inoue, J. K. C. N. Agutaya, A.T. Quitain, M. Sasaki, M. J. Cocero, T. Kida, Supercritical CO2–subcritical H2O system: A green reactive separation medium for selective conversion of glucose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural, J. Supercritical Fluids, 168, 105079 (2021).
  17. Y. Inomata, H. Kubota, S. Hata, E. Kiyonaga, K. Morita, K. Yoshida, N. Sakaguchi, T. Toyao, K. Shimizu, S. Ishikawa, W. Ueda, M. Haruta, T. Murayama, Bulk tungsten-substituted vanadium oxide for low-temperature NOx removal in the presence of water Y. Inomata, Nature Commun. 12, 1-11 (2021).
  18. A. D. Pramata, Y. Akaishi, K, Sadowara, Y, Mokuge, N, Kodama, M. Shimoyoshi, T. Kida, TiO2/CsPbBr3 Quantum Dots Coupled with Polyoxometalate Redox Clusters for Photoswitches, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 3, 11184-11193 (2020).
  19. N.L. Hamidah, M. Shintani, A.S.A. Fauzi, G.K. Putri, S. Kitamura, K. Hatakeyama, A.T. Quitain, M. Sasaki, T. Kida, Graphene Oxide Membranes with Cerium-Enhanced Proton Conductivity for Water Vapor Electrolysis, ACS Applied Nano Materials, 3, 4292–4304 (2020).
  20. A Staerz, S Somacescu, M Epifani, Kida, U. Weimar, N Barsan, WO3-Based Gas Sensors: Identifying Inherent Qualities and Understanding the Sensing Mechanism, ACS sensors, 5, 1624-1633 (2020).
  21. A. Mokhtar, R. Morinaga, Y. Akaishi, M. Shimoyoshi, S. Kim, S. Kurihara, T. Kida, T. Fukaminato, Reversible Luminescence Photoswitching of Colloidal CsPbBr3 Nanocrystals Hybridized with a Diarylethene Photoswitch, ACS Mater. Lett., 2, 727-735 (2020).
  22. J. K. C. N. Agutaya, R. Inoue, S. S. V. Tsie, A.T. Quitain, J. de la Peña-García, H. Perez-Sanchez, M. Sasaki, T. Kida, Metal-Free Synthesis of HMF from Glucose Using the Supercritical CO2–Subcritical H2O–Isopropanol System, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 59, 16527-16538 (2020).
  23. Laddawan Tumkot, Armando T Quitain, Panatpong Boonnoun, Navadol Laosiripojana, Tetsuya Kida, Artiwan Shotipruk, Synergizing Sulfonated Hydrothermal Carbon and Microwave Irradiation for Intensified Esterification Reactionm, ACS Omega, 5, 23542-23548 (2020).
  24. Y. Akaishi, A. D. Pramata, S. Tominaga, S. Kawashima, T. Fukaminato, T. Kida, Reversible ON/OFF Switching of Photoluminescence from CsPbX3 Quantum Dots Coated with Silica Using Photochromic Diarylethene, Chem. Commun., 55, 8060-8063 (2019).
  25. S. Totong, P. Daorattanachai, A.T. Quitain, T. Kida, N. Laosiripojana, Catalytic Depolymerization of Alkaline Lignin into Phenolic-Based Compounds over Metal-Free Carbon-Based Catalysts, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 58, 2913041-13052 (2019).
  26. T. Boonyakarn, P. Wataniyakul, P. Boonnoun, A.T. Quitain, T. Kida, N. Laosiripojana, B. Jongsomjit, A. Shotipruk, Enhanced Levulinic Acid Production from Cellulose by Combined Brønsted Hydrothermal Carbon and Lewis Acid Catalysts, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 58, 2697-2703 (2019).
  27. A.D. Pramata, K. Suematsu, A.T. Quitain, M. Sasaki, T. Kida, Synthesis of Highly Luminescent SnO2 Nanocrystals: Analysis of their Defect-Related Photoluminescence Using Polyoxometalates as Quenchers, Adv. Funct. Mater., 28, 1704620 (2018).
  28. E. G. Mission, Y. Hirano, A.T. Quitain, M. Sasaki, T. Kida, Integrating Reduced Graphene Oxide with Microwave-Subcritical Water for Cellulose Depolymerization, Catal. Sci. Tech., 8, 5434-5444 (2018).
  29. T. Kida , Y. Kuwaki, A. Miyamoto, N.L. Hamidah, K. Hatakeyama, A.T. Quitain, M. Sasaki, A. Urakawa, Water Vapor Electrolysis with Proton-Conducting Graphene Oxide Nanosheets, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 6, 11753-11758 (2018).
  30. A.T. Quitain, Y. Sumigawa, E.G. Mission, M. Sasaki, S. Assabumrungrat, T. Kida, Graphene Oxide and Microwave Synergism for Efficient Esterification of Fatty Acids, ACS Energy Fuels, 32, 3599-3607 (2018).
  31. K. Kumamoto, K. Tsuchibashi, A.D. Pramata, M. Yuasa, K. Shimanoe, T. Kida, Visible Light-Driven Photoenergy Storage and Photocatalysis Using Polyoxometallates Coupled with a Ru Complex, J. Phys. Chem. C, 121, 13515 (2017).
  32. Miyamoto, Y. Kuwaki, T. Sano, K. Hatakeyama, T. Quitain, T. Kida, Solid Electrolyte Gas Sensor Based on a Proton-Conducting Graphene Oxide Membrane, ACS Omega, 2, 2994 (2017).
  33. E. G. Mission, A.T. Quitain, M. Sasaki, T. Kida, Synergizing Graphene Oxide with Microwave Irradiation for Efficient Cellulose Depolymerization into Glucose, Green Chem., 19, 3831-3843 (2017).
  34. T. Kida, K. Suematsu, K. Hara, K. Kanie, A. Muramatsu, Ultrasensitive Detection of Volatile Organic Compounds by a Pore Tuning Approach Using Anisotropically Shaped SnO2 Nanocrystals, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 8, 35485 (2016).


[Book Chapters]

  1. T. Quitain, E.G. Mission, J.K.C.N. Agutaya, M. Sasaki, T. Kida, Thermal, hydrothermal liquefaction, and electromagnetic processes for biomass conversion. In AZ of Biorefinery, 1st ed.; N. Thongchul, A. Kokossis, S. Assabumrungrat Eds.; Elsevier: Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2021; pp. 421-446.
  2. J.K.C.N. Agutaya, A.T. Quitain, Y.L. Kam, S. Zullaikah, J. Auresenia, R.R. Tan, S. Assabumrungrat, T. Kida, Hydrothermal liquefaction of algal biomass to bio-oil. In Value-Chain of Biofuels, 1st ed.; S. Yusup, N.A. Rashidi Eds.; Elsevier: Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2021; Volume 3, pp. 159-180.



Application & acquisition status of KAKENHI and other external grants

  • MEXT/JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research(B), “ON/OFF Emission Switching of Perovskite Quantum Dots”, 2020.4~2023.3, 17,680,000-yen, PI: Tetsuya Kida
  • MEXT/JSPS KAKENHI Fund for the Promotion of Joint International Research (Fostering Joint International Research (B)), “Design of highly sensitive gas recognition interfaces using 1D/2D nanomaterials”, 2020.11~2025.3, 18,720,000-yen, PI: Tetsuya Kida
  • JSPS Bilateral joint research project, “Biomass conversion into value-added compounds using nanocarbon-based catalysts”, 2021.4~2023.3, 3,900,000-yen, PI: Tetsuya Kida
  • JST A-STEP Tryout, “Development of highly emissive quantum dot films having remote control function”, 2020.12~2022.3, 3,000,000-yen, PI: Tetsuya Kida
  • The ENEOS Hydrogen Trust Fund, “Super selective hydrogen separation using graphene oxide membrane”, 2020.11~2021.10, 10,000,000-yen, PI: Tetsuya Kida
  • MEXT/JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Fostering Joint International Research (A)), “Analyses of the Synergy of Sub/Supercritical H2O-CO2 System for Synthesis of Green Platform Chemicals”, 2018.4~2023.3, 15,210,000-yen, PI: Armando T Quitain
  • JST e-ASIA Joint Research Program, “Development of Algal Bioenergy Systems for Green and Sustainable ASEAN Region”, 2019.4~2023.3, 35,100,000-yen, PI: Armando T Quitain
  • JASTIP-Net Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform (JASTIP), “Development of Green Technologies for Biomass Conversion into Chemicals and Fuels Adaptable to the ASEAN Region”, 2020.4~2025.3, 2,500,000-yen, PI: Armando T Quitain
  • MEXT/JSPS KAKENHI Grant-in-Aid for Early-Career Scientists, “Synthesis of W-V complex oxides for deNOx catalysts”, 2020.4~2022.3, 4,160,000-yen, PI: Yusuke INOMATA




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