Major Article Contributions by some of the Japanese Authors in Bentham Science Publishers Journal: Current Organic Chemistry

Article Title: Preparation of Novel Isotropic Pitch with High Softening Point and Solvent Solubility for Pitch-based Electrospun Carbon Nanofiber

Author(s): Byung-Jun Kim, Hyunsig Kil, Naoki Watanabe, Min-Hyun Seo, Bo-Hye Kim, Kap Seung Yang, Osamu Kato, Jin Miyawaki, Isao Mochida and Seong-Ho Yoon


The novel isotropic pitch that exhibits both high solvent solubility (100% soluble in THF) and a high softening point (over 200°C) was successfully synthesized by the bromination of 2-methylnaphthalene followed by dehydrobromination/polymerization and extraction in n-hexane to eliminate lighter constituents. The molecular structure of the pitch was relatively linear with flexible methylene cross-linkages between naphthalene molecules. During bromination, a reaction temperature of 180°C was necessary to induce bromine substitution of methyl hydrogen. Methylene cross-linkages were formed after the dehydrobromination reaction. The obtained pitch is a suitable precursor for electrospinning and meltspinning to prepare carbon nanofibers and carbon fibers, respectively.

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Article Title: Production and Purification of Functional Lipids Through Enzymatic and Microorganism-Mediated Processes

Author(s): Toshihiro Nagao, Yomi Watanabe, Hirofumi Nakano and Yuji Shimada


The most remarkable difference between a chemical reaction and a lipase reaction is the fact that lipase possesses several substrate specificities, in particular, fatty acid specificity on hydrolysis, esterification, or transesterification reaction of the ester bond. Several lipases act weakly on polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid. Through fatty acid specificity of lipases, a DHA-rich oil (acylglycerols) has been industrially produced from tuna oil. Lipase specificity also facilitates purification of PUFAs, conjugated linoleic acid isomers, tocopherols, and sterol esters and production of triacylglycerol that is DHA– rich at the sn– 1(3) position. Microorganism-mediated processes using Aeromonas hydrophila N– 6 are effective for production of rare unsaturated fatty acids and rare unsaturated fatty alcohols from several vegetable oils. These lipids are rarely observed in natural oils. We also demonstrate that Acinetobacter sp. N– 476– 2 effectively converts functional arachidonic acid to functional arachidonyl alcohol, which can be used as a substrate for medicine.

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Article Title: Selective Photocatalytic Oxidation Of Benzyl Amine By O2 Into N-Benzylidenebenzylamine on Tio2 Using Visible Light

Author(s): Shinya Higashimoto, Yoshiaki Hatada, Ryo Ishikawa, Masashi Azuma, Yoshihisa Sakata and Hisayoshi Kobayashi


This paper deals with the photocatalytic oxidation of benzyl amine by O2 on TiO2 under visible light irradiation, and it was found that the benzyl amine is selectively converted into N-benzylidenebenzylamine with high conversion (>80 %). The origin of visible light response is not due to the band-gap transition of TiO2, but to the excitation of the charge transfer surface complex constructed by the interaction of benzyl amine with the TiO2 surface, as characterized by spectroscopic analysis such as UV-Vis, FT-IR and DFT calculations. Moreover, investigations of the role of the surface OH groups on TiO2, the electron-transfer from the surface complex as well as kinetic studies provided insight into the reaction mechanisms.
Article Title: Photocatalytic Reduction of Carbon Dioxide over Shape-Controlled Titanium(IV) Oxide Nanoparticles with Co-catalyst Loading
Author(s): Naoya Murakami, Daisuke Saruwatari, Toshiki Tsubota and Teruhisa Ohno

Photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) was carried out using titanium(IV) oxide (TiO2). Methanol (CH3OH) was detected as the main product, and trace amounts of formic acid, carbon monoxide, methane, and hydrogen were also detected. The prepared decahedral-shaped anatase TiO2 with larger {011} and smaller {001} exposed crystal faces showed larger CH3OH generation than that of commercial anatase TiO2 powder, ST-01 (Ishihara Sangyo Co.). Photodeposition of silver and gold nanoparticles on the decahedral-shaped anatase TiO2 induced an increase in CH3OH production because the deposited metal particles work as reductive sites for multi-electron reduction of CO2.

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