Hokkaido University, Catalysis Research Center






Hokkaido University, or Hokudai, is one of the national universities of Japan. It is a member of the National Seven Universities, which were established as the best national higher education or research institutes. Hokkaido University is a mainstay comprehensive university that places importance on its graduate schools. The university started out in 1876 as the Sapporo Agricultural College, the first modern academic institute in Japan. We have passed through a long period of history, including our time as an Imperial College, as well as during the creation of the new university system. Over this period, we have declared and cultivated our basic philosophies of education and research, namely “Frontier Spirit”, “Global Perspectives”, “All-round Education” and “Practical Learning.” In order to meet the demands of society and to move ahead as a National University Corporation, Hokkaido University needs to formulate a long term goal for developing the basis of knowledge creation, knowledge dissemination and knowledge application in the new century, with our newly acquired freedom, while reconfirming our basic philosophies and recognizing our accountability to society.

The Catalysis Research Center (CRC) was founded as the Research Institute for Catalysis In 1943 and has been reorganized as the CRC in 1989. The objective of CRC is to promote fundamental research on catalysis and contribute to researchers in the field. To this end, the faculty members are advancing their original and collaborative ideas with novelty and orginality. Since 2010, CRC is involved in the MAXT Project on Integrated Research on Chemical Synthesis with the Research Center for Materials at Nagoya University, the International Research Center for Elements Science Institute for Chemical Research at Kyoto University and the Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering at Kyushu University.

Role in the project:  CRC will act as coordinator in the project at the Japanese side. The scientific work will consist of creation of new solid-state materials based on complex metal oxides as catalysts for conversion of biomass derived compounds to chemicals.


Professor Toru Murayama

Professor Kiyotaka Nakajima


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Project Coordinator: Professor Emiel Hensen, E.J.M.Hensen@TUE.NL Project Manager: Dr Gabriela Dima, G.E.Dima@TUE.NL

NOVACAM is a coordinated EU-Japan project supported by the European Union and the Japan Science and Technology Agency. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 604319.