Through joint research, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. have succeeded in developing a new technology for producing synthetic rubber from biomass (biological resources).This time, a catalyst for synthesizing butadiene directly from the sugar cellulose, which is the main component of plant fiber, has been developed.Butadiene is used as a raw material for synthetic rubber, which is a raw material for automobile tires.Currently, butadiene is industrially produced as a by-product of petroleum refining, but with the development of this new technology, we will reduce our dependence on petroleum and contribute to the reduction of carbon dioxide, which is a cause of global warming. Is expected.

 Since 2012, Tokyo Institute of Technology and Yokohama Rubber have been conducting joint research to produce synthetic rubber from biomass.Professor Toshihide Baba, Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, has been researching catalysts that synthesize butadiene directly from sugars, and has succeeded in synthesizing butadiene with high efficiency using an industrially suitable solid catalyst.In the future, we will proceed with catalyst design for mass production and aim to put it into practical use by the first half of the 2020s.Butadiene rubber is the second most used synthetic rubber after styrene-butadiene rubber, and the development of this new technology is expected to greatly contribute to reducing the use of fossil fuels.

Source:[Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd.] Yokohama Rubber, Tokyo Institute of Technology New technology development of synthetic rubber (butadiene rubber) made from biomass

Tokyo Institute of Technology

The pinnacle of science and engineering university that continues to produce science and engineering people with high aspirations and a Japanese spirit, mastering the knowledge that creates the times, refining their skills

Tokyo Institute of Technology was established as the Tokyo Institute of Technology in 1881 (Meiji 14), when modernization of industry was an urgent need.Since its establishment, it has continued to produce excellent research results with excellent science and engineering human resources, and is still at the top of Japan's science and engineering universities.Tokyo Institute of Technology requires not only a high degree of specialization but also liberal arts […]

University Journal Online Editorial Department

This is the online editorial department of the university journal.
Articles are written by editorial staff who have a high level of knowledge and interest in universities and education.