Matsumoto, Takuya

Assistant Professor,Department of Chemical Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University*Profile is at the time of the award.

2020Inamori Research GrantsBiology & Life sciences

Research topics
Development of PET degrading enzyme working in organic solvent
The disposal of waste plastic is now a global problem, as was the subject of the 2019 Osaka G20 Summit. In this study, I focused on the treatment of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) using PET degrading enzymes, which can degrade PET into monomers that can be metabolized by microorganisms, but the degradation activity and solvent stability of the wild-type enzymes are insufficient. Therefore, by improving the solvent stability of PET degradation enzymes using evolutionary molecular engineering techniques, I will have made it possible to efficiently degrade PET, thereby contributing to solving the problem of waste plastic.


I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Inamori Foundation for selecting me for a research grant. I would like to contribute to solving the problem of waste plastics by working on this research project.

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