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2014 Heroes of Chemistry

Asahi Kasei: Phosgene-Free Polycarbonate Process

The American Chemical Society honors thirteen scientists from Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corporation whose determination has led to the world’s first non-phosgene aromatic polycarbonate (PC) from carbon dioxide; a breakthrough in developing a polycarbonate free of phosgene that can be used in many everyday applications. Phosgene is a major industrial chemical used to produce polycarbonate and other chemicals such as pesticides and widely used in various fields; CDs, DVDs, mobile phones, smart phones, car headlights, cameras, TVs, glazing, sheets, etc.

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In this video, Asahi Kasei's Takashi Adachi, Muneaki Aminaka, Isaburo Fukawa, Shinsuke Fukuoka, Kazumi Hasegawa, Mamoru Kawamura, Shigenori Konno, Kazuhiko Matsuzaki, Manabu Oishi, Masahiro Tojo, Akio Yamaguchi, Kazuharu Yasuda, and Haruyuki Yoneda were honored as 2014 ACS Heroes of Chemistry.

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2015 Heroes of Chemistry Nominations

The American Chemical Society is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Heroes of Chemistry. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2015. Please visit the Nominations Procedures page or email chemhero@acs.org for further details.

The Asahi Kasei Team

Image of Takashi Adachi

Takashi Adachi, a Manager of Technology
in the Technology Licensing Department of
Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp.

Image of Shinsuke Fukuoka

Shinsuke Fukuoka, a Professional
Engineer (Chemistry) and the former
Head of R&D at Asahi Kasei Corp.

Image of Shigenori Konno

Shigenori Konno, former Head of the Technology Licensing Department
and Executive Officer at Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp.

Image of Masahiro Tojo

Masahiro Tojo, a Senior Researcher at
Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp.



Image of Haruyuki Yoneda

Haruyuki Yoneda, former Manager of PC R&D and Executive Officer at Asahi Kasei Corp.

Image of Muneaki Aminaka

Muneaki Aminaka, a Chief Researcher
at Asahi Kasei

Image of Kazumi Hasegawa

Kazumi Hasegawa, a Technical
Adviser in the Technology Licensing
Department of Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp.

Image of Kazuhiko Matsuzaki served

Kazuhiko Matsuzaki, former Head of the Technology Licensing Department and Deputy Director at Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp.

Image of Akio Yamaguchi

Akio Yamaguchi, a former Leading Professional Chief Engineer and Head of the Overseas Business Promoting Department at Asahi Kasei Engineering Corp.

Image of Isaburo Fukawa

Isaburo Fukawa, a senior consultant of
the Asahi Research Center Co., Ltd.

Image of Mamoru Kawamura

Mamoru Kawamura, former Head of the Planning & Control Department in the Engineering Administration of Asahi Kasei Engineering Corp.

Image of Manabu Oishi

Manabu Oishi, Manager in the Overseas Engineering Department & Process Group at Asahi Kasei Engineering Corp.


Image of Kazuharu Yasuda

Kazuharu Yasuda, the General Manager of
Technology in the Technology Licensing
Department of Asahi Kasei Chemicals Corp.



Congratulations to the 2014 ACS Heroes from Asahi Kasei!