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Gold was considered to be chemically inert until the end of 20th century. However, research spanning more than 30 years by emeritus Professor Haruta, previous director of the Research Center for Gold Chemistry, has proved that gold has a rich catalytic function. This Center was established with the aim of broadening the scope of research from catalysis to the new chemistry of gold.

When gold is dispersed and immobilized on base metal oxide particles as nanoparticles with diameters smaller than 10 nm, it can catalyze many chemical reactions at low temperatures. The catalytic performance can be tuned by selecting support materials and by controlling the size of gold.

Our work is focused on gold nanoparticles and gold clusters with diameters smaller than 2 nm, which are applicable to medical diagnosis and treatment. We are also aiming at the creation of green chemistry, which is a pressing issue for modern chemical industry.


Project Prof. Toru MURAYAMA
Research Center for Gold Chemistry,
Graduate School of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University
1-1 Minami-osawa, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397, Japan
Phone & FAX: +81-42-677-2360 E-mail: