Kazuhiro Takanabe

Professor (Adjunct), Chemical Science

Physical Science and Engineering Division
Center membership : 
KAUST Catalysis Center

Catalysis for Energy Conversion


Education Profile

  • ​​​​​Ph.D. Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2006
  • M.S. Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2003
  • B.S. Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2001

Research Interests

Dr. Takanabe’s research interests include the development of novel nano-materials for a variety of energy-conversion reactions for sustainable development, from conventional methane conversion to photocatalytic hydrogen production. His research is focused on understanding the reaction mechanisms involved in catalytic processes using rigorous kinetic and isotopic analyses and using spectroscopic and electrochemical techniques. The topics of his study include the following:
  1. Photocatalytic overall water splitting to generate hydrogen using solar energy;
  2. Syngas and hydrogen generation from natural gas/heavy hydrocarbons and biomass;
  3. Novel nanomaterials for electrochemical reactions, including fuel cells (nano-nitrides, carbides, oxides) and carbon dioxide reduction;
  4. Methane conversion (incl. methane coupling), chemical hydride for hydrogen transport, C1 chemistry and biomass conversion for useful chemicals.

Selected Publications

  • Y. Liang, Z. Li, M. Nourdine, S. Shahid, K. Takanabe, "Methane coupling reaction in an oxy-steam stream via an OH radical pathway using supported alkali metal catalysts", ChemCatChem, 6, 1245-1251, 2014.
  • Y. Li et al., "Cobalt-Phosphate Modified Barium-Doped Tantalum Nitride Nanorod Photoanode with 1.5% Solar Energy Conversion Efficiency", Nature Commun. (2013), doi:10.1038/ncomms3566.
  • A.T. Garcia-Esparza, D. Cha, Y. Ou, J. Kubota, K. Domen, K. Takanabe, "Tungsten carbide nanoparticles as efficient cocatalysts for photocatalytic overall water splitting", ChemSusChem, 6, 168-181, 2013.
  • K. Takanabe and K. Domen, "Preparation of inorganic photocatalytic materials for overall water splitting", ChemCatChem, 4, 1485-1497, 2012.
  • K. Takanabe, "Catalytic conversion of methane: carbon dioxide reforming and oxidative coupling", J. Jpn. Petrol. Inst. 55, 1-12, 2012.