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RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science Biofunctional Catalyst Research Team

Team Leader: Ryuhei Nakamura (D.Sc.)

Research Summary

Ryuhei  Nakamura(D.Sc.)

We work on the development of biologically inspired catalysts and their application to energy conversion and production systems. Specifically, we attempt to exploit the nature’s ingenuities of multielectron catalytic reaction, electron/proton transport, metabolic regulation, flexible response to external stimuli, and the robust energy management in a deep sea environment to develop the novel materials and systems necessary to effectively manage renewable energy sources.

For more information, please visit the following link: Biofunctional Catalyst Research Team

Main Research Fields

  • Chemistry

Related Research Fields

  • Environmental Science
  • Complex Systems
  • Biology


  • electrocatalyst and catalyst theory
  • enzymatic reaction
  • H2 production by water electrolysis
  • energy conversion at deep-sea hydrothermal vents
  • Environmental diagnosis for marine ecosystems

Selected Publications

Papers with an asterisk(*) are based on research conducted outside of RIKEN.

  • 1. A. Li, S. Kong, C. Guo, H. Ooka, K. Adachi, D. Hashizume, Q. Jiang, H. Han, J. Xiao, R. Nakamura:
    "Enhancing the stability of cobalt spinel oxide towards sustainable oxygen evolution in acid”
    Nat. Catal., 2022, 5, 109-118(2022)
  • 2. H. Ooka, M. E. Wintzer, R. Nakamura:
    "Non-zero binding enhances kinetics of catalysis: machine learning analysis on the experimental hydrogen binding energy of platinum"
    ACS Catal., 11, 6298-6303(2021)
  • 3. D. He, H. Ooka, Y. Kim, Y. Li, F. Jin, S. H. Kim, R. Nakamura:
    "Atomic-scale evidence for highly selective electrocatalytic N−N coupling on metallic MoS2"
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 117, 31631-31638(2020)
  • 4. R. Hudson, R.Graaf, M. Rodin, A.Ohno, N. Lane, S. E. McGlynn, Y. M. A. Yamada, R. Nakamura, L. M. Barge, D. Braun, V. Sojo:
    "CO2 reduction driven by a pH gradient"
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 117, 22873-22879(2020)
  • 5. Y. Li, Y. K. Go, H. Ooka, D. He, F. Jin, S. H. Kim, R. Nakamura:
    "Enzyme mimetic active intermediates for nitrate reduction in neutral aqueous media"
    Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 59, 9744-9750(2020)
  • 6. A. Li, H. Ooka, N. Bonnet, T. Hayashi, Y. Sun, Q. Jiang, C. Li, H. Han, R. Nakamura:
    "Stable potential windows for long-term electrocatalysis by manganese oxides under acidic conditions"
    Angew. Chem., Int. Ed., 58, 5054-5058(2019)
  • 7. D. He, Y. Li, H. Ooka, Y. K. Go, F. Jin, S. H. Kim, R. Nakamura:
    "Selective electrocatalytic reduction of nitrite to dinitrogen based on decoupled proton-electron transfer"
    J. Am. Chem. Soc., 140, 2012-2015(2018)
  • 8. A. Yamaguchi, R. Inuzuka, T. Takashima, T. Hayashi, K. Hashimoto, R. Nakamura:
    "Regulating proton-coupled electron transfer for efficient water splitting by manganese oxides at neutral pH"
    Nat. Commun., 5:4256(2014)
  • 9. *A. Okamoto, K. Hashimoto, K. H. Nealson, R. Nakamura:
    "Rate enhancement of bacterial extracellular electron transport involves bound flavin semiquinones"
    Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 110, 7856-7861(2013)
  • 10. *R. Nakamura, T. Takashima, S. Kato, K. Takai, M. Yamamoto, K. Hashimoto:
    "Electrical current generation across a black smoker chimney"
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 49, 7692-7694(2010)

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Lab Members

Principal investigator

Ryuhei Nakamura
Team Leader

Core members

Yoko Chiba
Senior Scientist
Hideshi Ooka
Research Scientist
Hye-Eun Lee
Special Postdoctoral Researcher
Ailong Li
Postdoctoral Researcher
Shuang Kong
Postdoctoral Researcher
Koichi Yatsuzuka
Postdoctoral Researcher
Marie Wintzer
Technical Staff I


Position Deadline
Seeking a few Research Scientists or Postdoctoral Researchers (W22178) Open until filled

Contact Information

S103, Sustainable Resource Science Building,
2-1 Hirosawa, Wako, Saitama 351-0198, Japan

Email: ryuhei.nakamura [at] riken.jp