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Department of
Chemistry
    Major in
Chemistry


"Science based on new ideas and new experimental techniques." Creating a new science to meet society's needs, based on the knowledge of molecules as the fundamental units of matter.

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Chemical research has contributed tremendously to the well-being of our life by giving techniques for providing medicines, synthetic fibers, plastics and many other items. However, the huge amounts of chemical materials we have created are now giving us big environmental problems on a global scale; ozone holes and the amount of dioxin are among those examples. Also, the dilemma of how to feed over five billion people raises the question of whether the human species can survive.

Although we must continue our efforts to revitalize our habitat and our lives by developing new methods of generating foods and pharmaceuticals etc., it is crucial that we eliminate the use of materials that harm the environment, and preserve the natural environment for the sake of future generations. Chemistry, therefore, is being called upon to broaden its scope to embrace these challenges.

No longer will existing modes of knowledge and technology suffice, if chemistry is to fulfill its assignment of establishing fresh theories and methodologies for shedding light on the atomic and molecular composition of the material world, thereby laying the foundations for the progress of new technologies. This is why our chemistry department is committed to producing undergraduate and graduate chemistry majors who will become highly creative human resources-individuals who will face these challenges with confidence.
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Molecules assume various shapes. The molecule composed of sixty carbon (C ) atoms is flleren (C60), which as the graph shows has a shape resembling a soccer ball. There also exists a carbon molecule which is shaped like a rugby ball. The chemical amalgam containing C60 exhibits superconductivity, among other inttriguing properties, and is attracting the attention of many researchers.
A staff of fifty members administers the academic year. Currently, eight professors and one associate professor, with the cooperation of four part-time lecturers, conduct the theoretical and systematic basic chemistry education, which presently covers reactivities, structures, properties, and functions of matter in accordance with atomic and molecular theories.

Fourth-year students are assigned 'graduation research' which occupies the entire year. In personal consultation with a faculty member, the student receives guidance concerning aspects of basic personal attitude, research methods, research presentation style, and other matters relating to the student's research project and academics. The graduate chemistry major is currently comprised of four divisions; organic chemistry (three professors), inorganic a n d metal-complex chemistries (two professors), quantum chemistry (one associate professor), and structural chemistry (three professors). As many as eighty percent of undergraduate majors will advance to the graduate level, where, as they attend lectures and laboratory classes, they will delve into new and unexplored fields of research. The faculty is devoted to training capable researchers who can play active roles in international science, counseling students individually to insure that they develop the necessary skills for presenting their research results in in-class thesis presentations and academic forums.


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image Faculty members are not confined to their formal divisional settings, and explore pioneer areas of research where they engage freely with diverse contemporary findings and ideas. From the standpoint of pure chemistry their research incorporates an amazingly wide range of topics, from macro- and bio-molecules to small organic and inorganic molecules, from experimental to theoretical research. Recently research with an emphasis on life chemistry is emerging.

The organic chemistry division bases its research on analyses of chemical reactivity on the molecular level exploration and development of new chemical reaction processes and elucidation of reaction mechanisms, syntheses of coenzyme models and chemical compounds of new reactivity and function properties, development of asymmetrical reaction and total synthesis of bioactive chemical compounds.

The inorganic and metal complex chemistry division conducts research and development related to the synthesis and structure determination of functional metallic complexes, the development of fluorescent rare-earth complexes as protein and nucleic acid probes, and the analyses of reaction mechanisms of metal complexes in solution. The quantum chemistry division is developing molecular orbital theories for the theoretical elucidation of various chemical phenomenon. Concurrently employing numerical simulations which take advantage of super-computers and workstation-parallel systems, our objective is to discover new principles of chemistry and to improve capabilities for predicting phenomena.

The structural chemistry division engages in various applications of pico-second pulse laser spectroscopy, Fourier transformation spectroscopy, while researching structures, reactions, and physical properties of light- and electricity- excited molecules, as well as researching structures and reaction processes of adsorbed molecules on metal surfaces under ultra-high vacuum. We seek to discover universal laws that govern relationships between properties and reactivities of matters and their structures. Much of the research findings of these divisions receive high regard internationally and render significant contributions to the development of frontier and life sciences.

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The main employers over the past 3 years:
Asahi Kasei, Kao, Ajinomoto, Toray Industries, Meiji Seika, Coca-cola Bottling, Junkosha, Cchugai Pharmaceutical, Taisho Pharmaceutical, Eisai, Shionogi, Naris Cosmetics, Zeria Pharmaceutical, Yamanouchi Pharmaceutical, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Azwell, Toshiba, Canon, Fujitsu, NEC, Hoya, Asahi Glass, IBM Japan, Marubeni, Dai Nippon Printing, The Japan Research Institute, NTT DoCoMo, NTT Communications, Daiwa Securities, Chugoku Bank, TBS, Hokkaido University, Fukushima University, Institute for Molecular Science, Yokohama Senior High School, Tokyo Metropolitan Institute Kohoku High School, Hijiyama Girls' High School, Japan Patent Office and Tokyo Fire Department



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