Chemistry

In this program, we conduct research on a wide range of topics, including molecular structures, theoretical molecular design, isotopes, geochemistry, natural organic compounds, organometallic compounds, metal complexes, and supramolecular reagents, with the goal of fostering in each student the research skills and academic rigor required for conducting independent research in any field. Graduate students major in one of the following five fields: physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and coordination chemistry. In addition, they conduct research, which provides the basis for their thesis, under the guidance of instructors while studying the prescribed subjects. There is also an entrance examination for adults and an environment that supports working students.

In principle, the first stage of a doctorate program lasts two years, and it includes specific lectures and exercises. Students must accumulate 30 credits and prepare a master’s thesis to graduate. Master’s research must be presented publicly and be reviewed by at least three judges.

Graduates of the master’s program will have accumulated the majority of credits required for their doctorate degree, which will allow them to focus on their doctoral thesis during the second stage of the doctoral program. Many students that complete either the first or second stage go on to become researchers in corporate R&D divisions; professors at national, public, or private universities; independent researchers; or researchers for a national laboratory or for a regional governments.

Distinguished students can graduate in two years

Students of the doctoral program normally attain a degree in three years, but particularly distinguished students can complete their degree in two years. We have had two students thus far who graduated through this system.

Cooperation with applied chemistry

The “integration of physics and engineering” envisioned at the foundation of the Faculty of Science and Technology is preserved today through the affiliation between the chemistry and applied chemistry divisions, and through shared lectures, research cooperation, thesis presentations, and joint use of equipment and instruments.

Cooperation with biological science and with physics

The observation of biological activity by using cells from natural organic compounds, evaluation of biometric reagents, and other biochemical research is performed jointly with the biological science division through technological cooperation and joint use of equipment and instruments. In addition, for promoting technological exchanges and research cooperation, the theoretical analysis of the molecular structure of gases, evaluation of the mixed atomization of novel metal complexes, and other research in the fields of physical chemistry and organic materials are conducted jointly using some advanced measuring devices from the physics division.

  Research Field Department in Undergraduate Course
DANIELACHE, Sebastian Oscar (Assistant Professor) Atmospheric Chemistry MATERIALS AND LIFE SCIENCES
ENDO, Akira (Associate Professor) Coordination Chemistry MATERIALS AND LIFE SCIENCES
HASHIMOTO, Takeshi (Associate Professor) Analytical Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry MATERIALS AND LIFE SCIENCES
HAYASHITA, Takashi (Professor) Analytical Chemistry, Supramolecular Chemistry MATERIALS AND LIFE SCIENCES
KIKAWADA, Yoshikazu (Associate Professor) Geochemistry, Environmental Chemistry MATERIALS AND LIFE SCIENCES
KUZE, Nobuhiko (Associate Professor) Physical Chemistry, Molecular Science MATERIALS AND LIFE SCIENCES
NAGAO, Hirotaka (Professor) Coordination Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry MATERIALS AND LIFE SCIENCES
NANBU, Shinkoh (Professor) Theoretical Chemistry MATERIALS AND LIFE SCIENCES
OI, Takao (Professor) Isotope Science and Technology MATERIALS AND LIFE SCIENCES
USUKI, Toyonobu (Associate Professor) Natural Product Chemistry, Organic Chemistry MATERIALS AND LIFE SCIENCES