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We are working to develop products that can contribute to society by turning heat and light into chemistry in the fields of energy efficiency and the environment

Nippon Kayaku is working to develop and supply products that can contribute to society and are people-friendly by turning heat and light into chemistry in the fields of energy efficiency and the environment by capitalizing on our core resins, color materials, catalysts and processing technologies.

Freelux™, a specialty long wavelength refractive film is expected to be used in lens applications to selectively cut ultraviolet, blue light, near-infrared, and other types of light that could potentially be harmful to the eyes. It is also likely that Freelux™ will be used in automotive and construction material applications as a heat shield.

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Polymeric micelle anti-cancer drug

Polymeric micelle anti-cancer drugs have greater efficacy than other drugs, and progress is being made with their development for use in a novel nanomedicine drug-delivery system (DDS) in which anti-cancer drugs, which tend to have adverse effects, are selectively concentrated in cancer tissues, in order to achieve sufficient anti-cancer efficacy at the same time as reduced adverse effects.
Nippon Kayaku has started conducting clinical experiments on this polymeric micelle anti-cancer drug with an aim to bring a new beam of hope to cancer therapy as soon as possible.

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Initiatives of the Clean Eco Technology Project

Given the stricter environmental regulations and demands from society in recent years, this project was launched on October 12, 2012 with the goal of improving the Nippon Kayaku Group's wastewater treatment technologies and developing engineers, in order to operate safe and secure chemical plants that are also environmentally friendly and address future concerns before they happen.

This project was named the Clean Eco Technology (CET) Project with the hope of fulfilling the expectations of new business development and the realization of future dreams. Persons in charge from each business site have been selected to assist in implementing the project.

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Researching the Needs of Tomorrow: R&D for Organic Semiconductor Materials

Electronics have drastically improved living standards since the 20th century. Today, electronics occupy an indispensable presence in many of the products we use every day, including computers, smartphones and medical equipment. One of the core components of these electronics are inorganic semiconductors.

Nippon Kayaku is researching and developing organic semiconductors as an alternative to inorganic semiconductors. Organic semiconductors can be used in a host of different products (products that bring our live new and greater convenience) because they make it possible to make electronics softer. In addition, organic semiconductors can be printed, making the semiconductor manufacturing process more environmentally friendly and use less energy. Organic semiconductor materials are garnering much attention from academia and industry alike as a material that represents the key to the future of electronics.

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Involvement in the NEDO Biomass Project

A majority of the chemicals produced in Japan are made from raw materials derived from crude oil and today some 23% of the country's total oil consumption is used as a raw material for chemicals. This means the chemical industry uses a large amount of Japan's oil resources. With worldwide consumption of oil continuing to increase, to overcome the challenges of rising oil prices, depletion risk, and global warming caused by CO2 emissions, society will need to shift to various non-oil-derived raw materials in the future. Non-edible biomass is one such material.

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) launched the Development of Manufacturing Processes for Chemical Products Derived from Non-edible Plants with the goal of building an integrated, high cost competitive manufacturing process spanning from non-edible biomass to final chemical product and shifting consumption toward non-edible biomass raw materials.

Nippon Kayaku's joint proposal with other companies and research institutions was adopted for the project and research began in September 2013.

Nippon Kayaku's role in this project will be to leverage its core resin synthesis and assessment technologies to develop a process for manufacturing thermally-cured epoxy resin from lignin, a type of unused non-edible biomass.

Globalization of research activities

Following the policy of Nippon Kayaku's global management, the Research and Development Group is in the process of building a global R&D structure inclusive of overseas Group companies. While promoting greater interaction among researchers working for overseas subsidiaries, the Research and Development Group is carrying out the following activities from the perspective of CSR.

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