Faculty Members Etty Nurlia Kusumawati

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Etty Nurlia Kusumawati

Assistant Professor

  • Chemistry
  • [Master's Program] Chemistry

Fields of Research

  • Catalytic chemistry
  • Nanomaterials Chemistry
  • Surface Science
  • Green Sustainable Chemistry


  • September 2018: Completed Doctoral Program (Science), Department of Chemistry, School of Science, The University of Tokyo
  • October 2018 - January 2019: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Complexity Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo
  • February 2019 - March 2021: Postdoctoral fellow, Institute for Catalysis (ICAT), Hokkaido University
  • April 2021 - present: Assistant Professor, Chemistry Course, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Iwate University

Research Themes

Solid catalyst development for green chemical processes

My research focuses on developing solid catalysts for sustainable catalytic processes, such as metal nanoparticles and metal oxides for efficient organic synthesis. My research interests involve design strategy of catalyst preparation to manipulate and modify the properties of the catalysts, including support functionalization, size-controlled and electronic properties of metal particles, and investigation of catalytic reactions on the surface. We are developing supported active metal nanoparticles and alloy to convert unused biomass and organic waste to valuable chemicals. We try to minimize and eliminate the use of organic solvents by conducting the reaction under supercritical water and carbon dioxide systems.

Teaching Philosophy

I view my role as an educator and facilitator of learning by engaging students in their learning environments to promote higher-order thinking skills and respecting their opinions and backgrounds. I believe that it is our responsibility to create a learning environment that allows them to express themselves and feel confident about what they have discovered through research. For this, our group provides wide opportunities for students to participate in both domestic and international conferences.