Who we are

The members of the Material Flow Innovation Research Program consist of researchers and technicians, who belong to the Material Cycles Division, Biodiversity Division, Regional Environment Conservation Division, Social Systems Division, or the Fukushima Regional Collaborative Research Center of National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan.


Members and roles

Project 1

Material flows transition and social adaptation

Regional emissions inventory and air quality simulations of ambient pollutants
Artisanal and small-scale gold mining / Global mercury trade / Mercury emissions and their removal
Integrated assessment models / Decarbonization and sustainable society scenarios
Regional impact analysis focusing on future resource constraints in Japan
Biodiversity modeling and assessment
Minami Kito
Lifetime analysis of the Japanese transportation sector
Life cycle assessment of product-service systems / Consumer behavior simulation and scenario analysis
Material circulation design / Evaluating the effectiveness of the Minamata Convention on Mercury
Resource use and human health impacts / Future resource trade / Scenario-based footprint analysis
Wataru Takayanagi
Data visualization and presentation design (Visualization assistance)
Biodiversity analysis
Science-based targets for material use / Material efficiency strategies / Material-X-Nexus
Remote sensing analysis
Project 2

Chemical management for material flows transition

Comprehensive survey of environmental standards in view of future regulation
Assessment of potential risks of recycled materials in construction
Degradation behavior of biodegradable, oxo-degradable, and conventional plastics in the environment based on standard methods
Development of plastic recycling scenarios that consider toxic substance restrictions and carbon positives
Modeling and inventory of micro- and nano-plastics emissions during plastics disposal and recycling processes
Environmentally sound management of POP (Persistent Organic Pollutants) wastes/POP-BFR (Brominated Flame Retardants) behavior in plastic recycling
Identification and characterization of wastes containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances
Modeling substance flows and stocks of chemical substances in material cycle systems
Interaction between recycling flows and environmental risks of recycled materials in construction
Risk management of microplastics and related chemicals during the product life cycle
Microplastic generation behavior and additive release behavior from plastics based on accelerated deterioration tests
Generation of micro- and nano-plastics and their environmental behavior
WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) and plastic material cycle management policies
Project 3

Material circulation and sequestration technology

Methodology and supervision of treatment and disposal technologies for hazardous wastes
Evaluation of circulation systems
Constructing frameworks to manage hazardous substances in the extreme long term
Mathematical modeling of mass transfer in sequestration and storage technologies
Scenarios and strategies for waste management towards decarbonized society
Methodology for long-term sequestration of hazardous materials
Development of an innovative thermo-bio hybrid system for carbon recycling
Development of biomass utilization technologies and control of environmental pollutants
Multi-pathway bio-methanation using conductive carbon materials
Dynamics of hazardous substances in soil-water systems
Mechanical properties and environmental risks associated with the long-term storage of hazardous substances
Toshiyuki Motoki
Analysis and data curation of environmental pollutants in circulation technologies (Experiment assistance)
Kanami Nagamoto
Experimental investigation of the performance of sequestration technologies (Experiment assistance)
Utilization of recycled materials for carbon recycling
Fate of plastics in waste disposal and circulation systems
Robust bio-process for the direct methanation of pyrolyzed synthesis gas
Supervision on safe design and installation of storage and sequestration systems
Prediction of environmental pollutant behaviors in circulation technologies