Month: June 2021

22-6 NEDO tests ship transport of liquefied captured CO2 for later underground storage

In this project on CO2 capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS), research and development on liquefaction and storage systems for CO2 suitable for long-distance and mass transportation will be done. From around the end of fiscal 2023, the project will verify the technologies necessary for the operation and management of an integrated transport system in which […]

18-6 Nihon Shokubai develops catalyst for hydroxycarbonylation

Formic acid can be prepared through hydrogenation of CO2. The hydroxycarbonylation reaction of alkenes using formic acid has conventionally been catalyzed by a rhodium complex, Rh2Cl2(CO)4, and additives, triphenylphosphine (PPh3) and methyl iodide (CH3I), which have high environmental impact and toxicity, and p-toluenesulfonic acid hydrate (p-TsOH, H2O), which promotes the decomposition of formic acid. Under […]

18-6 NEDO aviation fuel produced from wood waste and microalgae supplied to scheduled flights

NEDO has commissioned Mitsubishi Power, JERA Corporation, Toyo Engineering, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for the development of fuel production technology using wood waste as raw material, and IHI Corporation for fuel production technology using microalgae as raw material, within a “Biojet Fuel Production Technology Development Project. The fuel is produced either by […]

24-6 Tsukuba University Hospital launches “Genome Dock” service for genome analysis data of healthy people

The service comprises initially 76 genes related to 18 diseases such as tumors, cardiomyopathy, congenital hearing loss, and immune disorders. Among these genes are APC, BRCA1 / 2, RET, SMAD4, TP53 and other genes familiar in cancer medicine, as well as the KCNH2 gene for hereditary arrhythmia / congenital long QT syndrome and the TTR […]

11-6 Team at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology develops DNA aptamer that enhances luminol reaction more than 300 times

The group around Kazunori IKEBUKURO has used the SELEX method to develop an aptamer which binds to myoglobin and changes the three-dimensional structure of the active site. As a result, the enzymatic activity of myoglobin and the substrate specificity for luminol are increased, so that the luminescence signal generated by the peroxidase reaction over 300 […]

10-6 Japan’s NEDO publishes database on current „smart cell projects“ (genome editing etc.)

The database is available from the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation of Products (NITE) under its Data and Biological Resource Platform (DBRP) website and currently (June 2021) contains the following projects: Title Proteome analysis_Aspergillus oryzae : Proteome analysis of Aspergillus oryzae [English] The proteome of Aspergillus oryzae RIB40 (= NBRC 100959) grown under […]

28-5 Japan starts genomic cohort study involving over 360,000 people

Under an initiative of Japan’s Agency for Medical Research and Development AMED, this collaboration among six institutions and five sites will sequence and mutually utilize genomic cohort data of 366,000 people. The project is expected to promote the elucidation of genetic predisposition affecting the onset of diseases in the Japanese population and the construction of […]

3-6 NEDO starts million project on innovative storage batteries (2021 – 2025)

In this project, the partners will conduct R&D of fluoride and zinc anode batteries that can achieve both high energy density and safety while using inexpensive materials with fewer resource constraints than lithium-based batteries. NEDO will work with industry, academia, and government to research and develop common basic technologies that cover everything from materials development […]

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