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July 25, 2017

Rengo Wins Special Award at the 31st Advanced Technology Award

Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; Chairman, President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) announces it has won the Special Award at the 31st Advanced Technology Award for Encouraging Creativity (organized by Fuji Sankei Business i) for its research titled “Development of Silver Containing Zeolite as Rare Earth Free Phosphor.”
The Advanced Technology Award was established in 1987 with the aim of nurturing creativity in young researchers active in fields of advanced technologies to help build Japan as a nation that is creative in science and technology. Each year, awards are given to students of science and technology as well as young researchers and engineers working in the private sector who produce outstanding research results in fields of advanced technologies.
The rare earth free silver containing zeolite phosphor (product name: Gaiaphoton) that won the award this time is unlike traditional inorganic phosphors used in lighting and other uses. It does not use rare earths, which have a heavy impact on the environment, and can be mass produced at low cost as it can be produced using significantly less energy. Besides lighting, it is expected to be utilized in a wide range of uses, such as inks, paints, cosmetics, sensors, and general merchandize. It was thus highly rated for its potential in opening up a wide-ranging and highly unique market.
Rengo will continue to work on improving the performance of Gaiaphoton and developing its application. At the same time, as a “General Packaging Industry,” Rengo will continue to promote the development of creative products through untiring innovation.

Winning Research

“Development of Silver Containing Zeolite as Rare Earth Free Phosphor”

Award Recipients

Toshikazu Hanatani (Central Laboratory, Rengo Co., Ltd.)
Shinji Fujiki (Central Laboratory, Rengo Co., Ltd.)

 

Award ceremony graced by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado


Award ceremony graced by Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado

 

Gaiaphoton illuminated by UV-B

Gaiaphoton illuminated by UV-B