Patents by Inventor Michikazu Hara

Michikazu Hara has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200407762
    Abstract: Provided is a novel production system that does not involve, or can minimize, the transport of liquid ammonia in the production of an organic compound or the production of a microorganism by microbial fermentation. A production system for an organic compound or a microorganism includes: an ammonia synthesis apparatus in which an ammonia-containing gas is synthesized by reaction of a source gas containing hydrogen and nitrogen in the presence of a supported ruthenium catalyst; and a culture apparatus that cultures a microorganism having organic compound productivity using ammonia originating from the ammonia-containing gas obtained by using the ammonia synthesis apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicants: AJINOMOTO CO., INC., TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Kishino, Hiroyuki Kojima, Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Toru Numaguchi, Munenobu Ito, Kazuteru Yamada, Hiromi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10808267
    Abstract: Provided is a novel production system that does not involve, or can minimize, the transport of liquid ammonia in the production of an organic compound or the production of a microorganism by microbial fermentation. A production system for an organic compound or a microorganism includes: an ammonia synthesis apparatus in which an ammonia-containing gas is synthesized by reaction of a source gas containing hydrogen and nitrogen in the presence of a supported ruthenium catalyst; and a culture apparatus that cultures a microorganism having organic compound productivity using ammonia originating from the ammonia-containing gas obtained by using the ammonia synthesis apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignees: Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Tokyo Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Kishino, Hiroyuki Kojima, Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Toru Numaguchi, Munenobu Ito, Kazuteru Yamada, Hiromi Noguchi
  • Patent number: 10759668
    Abstract: The present invention provides a supported metal catalyst, a method for synthesizing ammonia using said catalyst, and a supported metal material in which a transition metal is supported on a support, wherein the support is a metal hydride represented by general formula (1): XHn . . . (1); and in general formula (1), X represents at least one selected from the group consisting of atoms from Groups 2 and 3, and lanthanoid atoms, and n is in a range of 2<n<3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignees: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Hiroshi Mizoguchi, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Kyosuke Yamagata
  • Patent number: 10336783
    Abstract: A novel catalyst capable of selectively catalyzing conversion from glucose to fructose in water or in an aqueous solution is provided. The catalyst is a solid catalyst for a hydride isomerization reaction from glucose to fructose performed in water or in an aqueous solution, comprising a group 13 element oxide whose surface has been subjected to a phosphoric acid treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Michikazu Hara, Kiyotaka Nakajima, Daiki Takeda
  • Patent number: 10322940
    Abstract: An ammonia synthesis catalyst having high activity is obtained by having a two-dimensional electride compound having a lamellar crystal structure such as Ca2N support a transition metal. However, since the two-dimensional electride compound is unstable, the stability of the catalyst is low. In addition, in cases where a two-dimensional electride compound is used as a catalyst support, it is difficult to shape the catalyst depending on reactions since the two-dimensional electride compound has poor processability. A composite which includes a transition metal, a support and a metal amide compound, wherein the support is a metal oxide or a carbonaceous support; and the metal amide compound is a metal amide compound represented by general formula (1). M(NH2)x??(1) (In general formula (1), M represents at least one metal atom selected from the group consisting of Li, Na, K, Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba and Eu; and x represents the valence of M.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignees: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Yasunori Inoue
  • Patent number: 10173202
    Abstract: A catalyst is provided which is used for continuously synthesizing ammonia using a gas containing hydrogen and nitrogen as a raw material, wherein a transition metal which exhibits catalytic activity is supported by a support, and the support is a two-dimensional electride or a precursor thereof. The two-dimensional electride or the precursor thereof is a metal nitride represented by MxNyHz (M represents one or two or more of Group II metals selected from the group consisting of Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba, and x, y and z are in ranges of 1?x?11, 1?y?8, and 0?z?4 respectively, in which x is an integer, and y and z are not limited to an integer) or M3N2 (M is the same as above), or a metal carbide selected from the group consisting of Y2C, Sc2C, Gd2C, Tb2C, Dy2C, Ho2C and Er2C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignees: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Yasunori Inoue, Shinji Kambara
  • Publication number: 20180327272
    Abstract: The present invention provides a supported metal catalyst, a method for synthesizing ammonia using said catalyst, and a supported metal material in which a transition metal is supported on a support, wherein the support is a metal hydride represented by general formula (1): XHn . . . (1); and in general formula (1), X represents at least one selected from the group consisting of atoms from Groups 2 and 3, and lanthanoid atoms, and n is in a range of 2<n<3.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Publication date: November 15, 2018
    Applicants: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo HOSONO, Michikazu HARA, Masaaki KITANO, Hiroshi MIZOGUCHI, Toshiharu YOKOYAMA, Kyosuke YAMAGATA
  • Patent number: 10124319
    Abstract: If a conductive mayenite compound having a large specific surface area is obtained, the usefulness thereof in respective applications is remarkably increased. A conductive mayenite compound powder having a conduction electron density of 1015 cm?3 or more and a specific surface area of 5 m2g?1 or more is produced by: the following steps: (1) forming a precursor powder by subjecting a mixture of a starting material powder and water to a hydrothermal treatment; (2) forming a mayenite compound powder by heating and dehydrating the precursor powder; (3) forming an activated mayenite compound powder by heating the compound powder in an inert gas atmosphere or in a vacuum; and (4) injecting electrons into the mayenite compound through a reduction treatment by mixing the activated mayenite compound powder with a reducing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignees: TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Yasunori Inoue, Masaaki Kitano, Fumitaka Hayashi, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Satoru Matsuishi, Yoshitake Toda
  • Patent number: 10118162
    Abstract: A catalyst is provided which is used for continuously synthesizing ammonia using a gas containing hydrogen and nitrogen as a raw material, wherein a transition metal which exhibits catalytic activity is supported by a support, and the support is a two-dimensional electride or a precursor thereof. The two-dimensional electride or the precursor thereof is a metal nitride represented by MxNyHz (M represents one or two or more of Group II metals selected from the group consisting of Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba, and x, y and z are in ranges of 1?x?11, 1?y?8, and 0?z?4 respectively, in which x is an integer, and y and z are not limited to an integer) or M3N2 (M is the same as above), or a metal carbide selected from the group consisting of Y2C, Sc2C, Gd2C, Tb2C, Dy2C, Ho2C and Er2C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignees: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Yasunori Inoue, Shinji Kambara
  • Patent number: 9981845
    Abstract: A metal-supporting catalyst for decomposing ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen. The catalyst shows a high performance with a low cost and being advantageous from the viewpoint of resources, and an efficient method for producing hydrogen using the catalyst. The catalyst catalytically decomposes ammonia gas to generate hydrogen. The hydrogen generation catalyst includes, as a support, a mayenite type compound having oxygen ions enclosed therein or a mayenite type compound having 1015 cm?3 or more of conduction electrons or hydrogen anions enclosed therein, and metal grains for decomposing ammonia are supported on the surface of the support. Hydrogen is produced by continuously supplying 0.1-100 vol % of ammonia gas to a catalyst layer that comprises the aforesaid catalyst, and reacting the same at a reaction pressure of 0.01-1.0 MPa, at a reaction temperature of 300-800° C. and at a weight hourly space velocity (WHSV) of 500/mlg?1h?1 or higher.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignees: TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Fumitaka Hayashi, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Yoshitake Toda, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano
  • Publication number: 20170355607
    Abstract: An ammonia synthesis catalyst having high activity is obtained by having a two-dimensional electride compound having a lamellar crystal structure such as Ca2N support a transition metal. However, since the two-dimensional electride compound is unstable, the stability of the catalyst is low. In addition, in cases where a two-dimensional electride compound is used as a catalyst support, it is difficult to shape the catalyst depending on reactions since the two-dimensional electride compound has poor processability. A composite which includes a transition metal, a support and a metal amide compound, wherein the support is a metal oxide or a carbonaceous support; and the metal amide compound is a metal amide compound represented by general formula (1). M(NH2)x . . . (1) (In general formula (1), M represents at least one metal atom selected from the group consisting of Li, Na, K, Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Ba and Eu; and x represents the valence of M.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Applicants: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo HOSONO, Michikazu HARA, Masaaki KITANO, Toshiharu YOKOYAMA, Yasunori INOUE
  • Publication number: 20170342449
    Abstract: Provided is a novel production system for a product selected from a nitrogen-containing product and a fermented and cultured product that does not involve (or can minimize) the transport of liquid ammonia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicants: AJINOMOTO CO., INC., TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Kishino, Hiroyuki Kojima, Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Toru Numaguchi, Munenobu Ito, Kazuteru Yamada, Hiromi Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20170342450
    Abstract: Provided is a novel production system that does not involve, or can minimize, the transport of liquid ammonia in the production of an organic compound or the production of a microorganism by microbial fermentation. A production system for an organic compound or a microorganism includes: an ammonia synthesis apparatus in which an ammonia-containing gas is synthesized by reaction of a source gas containing hydrogen and nitrogen in the presence of a supported ruthenium catalyst; and a culture apparatus that cultures a microorganism having organic compound productivity using ammonia originating from the ammonia-containing gas obtained by using the ammonia synthesis apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2017
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Applicants: AJINOMOTO CO., INC., TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Mitsuhiro Kishino, Hiroyuki Kojima, Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Toru Numaguchi, Munenobu Ito, Kazuteru Yamada, Hiromi Noguchi
  • Publication number: 20170095793
    Abstract: If a conductive mayenite compound having a large specific surface area is obtained, the usefulness thereof in respective applications is remarkably increased. A conductive mayenite compound powder having a conduction electron density of 1015 cm?3 or more and a specific surface area of 5 m2g?1 or more is produced by: the following steps: (1) forming a precursor powder by subjecting a mixture of a starting material powder and water to a hydrothermal treatment; (2) forming a mayenite compound powder by heating and dehydrating the precursor powder; (3) forming an activated mayenite compound powder by heating the compound powder in an inert gas atmosphere or in a vacuum; and (4) injecting electrons into the mayenite compound through a reduction treatment by mixing the activated mayenite compound powder with a reducing agent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Publication date: April 6, 2017
    Applicants: TOKYO INSTITTUE OF TECHNOLOGY, JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Yasunori Inoue, Masaaki Kitano, Fumitaka Hayashi, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Satoru Matsuishi, Yoshitake Toda
  • Patent number: 9573822
    Abstract: If a conductive mayenite compound having a large specific surface area is obtained, the usefulness thereof in respective applications is remarkably increased. A conductive mayenite compound powder having a conduction electron density of 1015 cm?3 or more and a specific surface area of 5 m2g?1 or more is produced by: (1) a step for forming a precursor powder by subjecting a mixture of a starting material powder and water to a hydrothermal treatment; (2) a step for forming a mayenite compound powder by heating and dehydrating the precursor powder; (3) a step for forming an activated mayenite compound powder by heating the compound powder in an inert gas atmosphere or in a vacuum; and (4) a step for injecting electrons into the mayenite compound through a reduction treatment by mixing the activated mayenite compound powder with a reducing agent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignees: TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Yasunori Inoue, Masaaki Kitano, Fumitaka Hayashi, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Satoru Matsuishi, Yoshitake Toda
  • Publication number: 20170022238
    Abstract: A novel catalyst capable of selectively catalyzing conversion from glucose to fructose in water or in an aqueous solution is provided. The catalyst is a solid catalyst for a hydride isomerization reaction from glucose to fructose performed in water or in an aqueous solution, comprising a group 13 element oxide whose surface has been subjected to a phosphoric acid treatment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Publication date: January 26, 2017
    Applicant: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY
    Inventors: Michikazu HARA, Kiyotaka NAKAJIMA, Daiki TAKEDA
  • Publication number: 20160361712
    Abstract: A catalyst is provided which is used for continuously synthesizing ammonia using a gas containing hydrogen and nitrogen as a raw material, wherein a transition metal which exhibits catalytic activity is supported by a support, and the support is a two-dimensional electride or a precursor thereof. The two-dimensional electride or the precursor thereof is a metal nitride represented by MxNyHz (M represents one or two or more of Group II metals selected from the group consisting of Mg, Ca, Sr and Ba, and x, y and z are in ranges of 1?x?11, 1?y?8, and 0?z?4 respectively, in which x is an integer, and y and z are not limited to an integer) or M3N2 (M is the same as above), or a metal carbide selected from the group consisting of Y2C, Sc2C, Gd2C, Tb2C, Dy2C, Ho2C and Er2C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Publication date: December 15, 2016
    Applicants: JAPAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY AGENCY, TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo HOSONO, Michikazu HARA, Masaaki KITANO, Toshiharu YOKOYAMA, Yasunori INOUE, Shinji KAMBARA
  • Publication number: 20160340182
    Abstract: A metal-supporting catalyst for decomposing ammonia into hydrogen and nitrogen. The catalyst shows a high performance with a low cost and being advantageous from the viewpoint of resources, and an efficient method for producing hydrogen using the catalyst. The catalyst catalytically decomposes ammonia gas to generate hydrogen. The hydrogen generation catalyst includes, as a support, a mayenite type compound having oxygen ions enclosed therein or a mayenite type compound having 1015 cm?3 or more of conduction electrons or hydrogen anions enclosed therein, and metal grains for decomposing ammonia are supported on the surface of the support. Hydrogen is produced by continuously supplying 0.1-100 vol % of ammonia gas to a catalyst layer that comprises the aforesaid catalyst, and reacting the same at a reaction pressure of 0.01-1.0 MPa, at a reaction temperature of 300-800° C. and at a weight hourly space velocity (WHSV) of 500/mlg?1h?1 or higher.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Publication date: November 24, 2016
    Applicant: TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Fumitaka Hayashi, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Yoshitake Toda, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano
  • Patent number: 9357774
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a novel sterilization method capable of killing not only microorganisms in water, but also microorganisms in a gas. Specifically, the present invention provide a method for sterilizing a gas or liquid, comprising contacting a microorganism in a gas or liquid with a material containing an amorphous carbon having a sulfo group introduced therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2016
    Assignee: TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Michikazu Hara, Takeshi Kadono, Takahiro Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9150423
    Abstract: The present invention provides a catalyst substance that is stable and performs well in the synthesis of ammonia, one of the most important chemical substances for fertilizer ingredients and the like. The catalyst substance exhibits catalytic activity under mild synthesis conditions not requiring high pressure, and is also advantageous from a resource perspective. Further provided is a method for producing the same. This catalyst comprises a supported metal catalyst that is supported on a mayenite type compound including conduction electrons of 1015 cm?3 or more and serving as a support for the ammonia synthesis catalyst. The mayenite type compound used as the support may take any form, including that of powder, a porous material, a sintered body, a thin-film, or a single crystal. Use of this catalyst makes it possible to increase the electron donating ability toward a transition metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: TOKYO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Hideo Hosono, Michikazu Hara, Masaaki Kitano, Sung Wng Kim, Satoru Matsuishi, Yoshitake Toda, Toshiharu Yokoyama, Fumitaka Hayashi