ASU partners with Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings to initiate Global KAITEKI Center

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A unique center officially opens on April 3 at Arizona State University, housed within the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

The Global KAITEKI Center is funded by Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corporation (MCHC) and its group’s think tank and research institute, the KAITEKI Institute, and led by Professor George Stephanopoulos, who holds joint positions in the School of Molecular Sciences and the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

MCHC President Hitoshi Ochi announced the partnership with ASU, which will focus on research aimed at realizing the concept of KAITEKI — “the sustainable well-being of people, society and our planet Earth.” It is an original concept of the MCHC that proposes a way forward in the sustainable development of society and the planet, in addition to serving as a guide for solving environmental and social issues. The Global KAITEKI Center will also be an allied center of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU.

During the afternoon of April 3, the first four ASU research projects funded by the Global KAITEKI Center will be presented. They are:

Visualizing and Quantifying the Social Value of Future Business

Developing a Shared Roadmap for the Circular Economy in the Chemical Industry

Design, Development and Testing of Innovative Materials for Urban Cooling

Food Waste Reduction and Well-Being for a Sustainable Future

Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

Read more about this new center on ASU Now.