Open innovation case study profiles
KH i-Lab actively promotes exploratory activities that make the most of each member’s unique characteristics, which we call the WROC strategy. These include all kinds of technical and social issues—from chemical engineering to biotechnology, from global issues to local issues faced by customers—all of which we are able to target. The broad range of exploratory activities is a strength of KH i-Lab.
Seeds of ideas
The seeds of ideas obtained from social issues and technology seeds are accumulated as knowledge by KH i-Lab. Moreover, unexpected stimuli may cause these seeds to sprout. We hope that sharing knowledge with you all generates opportunities for co-creation.
It’s essential to eliminate inequalities caused by individual attributes such as race, gender, religion, and so on. The halal certification system supports Islamic restrictions and helps reduce interreligious inequalities.
Forest industry in Japan is on the decline, due to cheap and high-quality imported timber. It is not wise to neglect forest maintenance, which is so essential for building a resilient nation. In order to revitalize forest industry in Japan, we need to approach the issue in various ways.
When plastics, which do not decompose in the natural environment, are illegally dumped, they eventually end up in the ocean. These plastics have adverse effects such as harming marine life and destroying the landscape.
Insects as a food source
It is expected that food will be in short supply in the future, due to the effects of population growth and climate change. By sourcing food from insects, which grow with great energy efficiency, we can seek to ensure more efficient protein intake.
CNF: Cellulose Nanofibers
Cellulose, a component of plants, is broken down and processed into nano-sized fibers, which are called CNF. It has five times the strength of iron at one-fifth the weight, so there are great expectations of CNF as an ideal material.
Unused heat energy
In the process of energy conversion, a large amount of energy loss occurs in power plants and factories. In particular, it is difficult to recover and use waste heat in the low temperature range of less than 200 degrees, and effective use of the heat has not been progressed. For saving energy, it is indispensable to make effective use of the waste heat.
DX: Digital transformation
DX is the term for when a company uses IT to transform its existing business model, its organization, or even its corporate culture. Utilizing data and IT is essential for responding to modern markets where the business environment is subject to rapid change.
Smart cell industry
Material production with cells controlled by cutting-edge biotechnologies is being studied. If we can integrate biotechnology into our chemical technology, we may be able to create new values in various industrial fields.
Fine bubbles are small bubbles in a liquid with a diameter of less than 100 μm, and they are beginning to be applied to various fields such as washing, agriculture and fisheries, food processing and machining. By combining fine bubbles with chemical engineering, they can contribute to energy saving and reduction of environmental load.
MI: Materials informatics
By using information technology, materials development that explores the prediction of physical properties and the optimization of composition is progressing to levels where human skill alone cannot reach. Efficient research and development that does not rely solely on experience is required.
There are trillions of bacteria on human skin. Among them, the localized bacterial group is called the microbiome, and it is said that it is related to the symptoms such as acne and atopic dermatitis, and skin type. We are thinking about whether it is possible to control the microbiome through the power of chemistry.
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