Broad application skills based on solid chemistry fundamentals
Chemistry is a discipline that studies the structures, properties, and reactions of substances. The recent rapid progress in science and technology has rapidly broadened the disciplinary scope of chemistry, from development of innovative materials and exploration of life phenomena at the molecular level, to engineering applications of living organisms. Chemistry will increasingly sustain and develop our healthy and wealthy society. Students at our department first systematically study the fundamentals in chemistry, including physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, and biochemistry, and then acquire broader application skills for engineering by studying synthetic chemistry, biotechnology, material chemistry, and high polymer chemistry.
Students conducting experiments before assigned to laboratories
Paving your way with robustness
Chemistry involves diverse topics. The department covers a broad range of subjects from fundamentals to applications, including physiochemical approaches (at the atomic level), complex syntheses of molecules, functional analyses, and studies of living organisms, offering a wide variety of choices to students. Engaging lectures given by faculty members and lively practical knowledge shared from senior students will impress students and help them find many research fields of interest in the third year or earlier. In the fourth year, students are assigned to laboratories of their interest, and devote themselves to graduation research on world-leading chemistry topics. Through these activities, they will acquire autonomous problem-solving skills and deeper application skills. Experiencing the creativity, difficulties, and thrill of research will greatly develop the potential of students.
What are offered at the Chemistry and Biotechnology Department
A promising future ahead
Chemistry will shape the future of our society!
Most students advance to the Master’s course at the Graduate School, where they acquire broad perspectives and new thinking skills in addition to versatility based on chemistry. Our graduates then find careers in private companies (e.g., chemistry or materials, foods, pharmaceuticals, electrics, electronics, and automobiles) or research positions in national and local public entities or universities. With the broader scope of chemistry and biology, our graduates play key roles in all industries, where after several years at their workplaces, they will be responsible for leading projects and supervising younger colleagues. Moreover, many of our graduates work abroad, where they provide technical assistance or conduct research. In fact, all our graduates have the potential to shape our global future.
Presenting research findings
Carbon atoms form to coat over the surface of ceramics
Carbon atoms pyrolytically generated on the hard ceramic surface are regularly arrayed. They form flexible and strong atoms film or carbon nanotube film. They are very active in these films. Click here for more information (PC site)
Challenge for a new liquid-crystal technology with optics
Liquid crystal materials for display are closely related to our life. The liquid crystal molecule formation is the key to develop it. We suggest the approach with optics, and now are under investigation in a new liquid-crystal technology for the future. Click here for more information (PC site)
Microorganism nanofiber revolutionize the biotechnology industry
Matter production with Microorganisms requires much time to get rid product of microorganism. Microorganism nanofiber is found out to bond microorganism to a reaction container strongly. It will help to achieve the revolutionary bioprocess without separate operation. Click here for more information (PC site)
My Six Years
I got involved to pursue my research since high school under my teacher with the idea “We will try it”
Satsuma Laboratory, Applied Physical Chemistry Group
The First to Third year/I wanted to learn more about a catalyst in high school, which increases the rate of a chemical reaction and be needed industrially. I found Nagoya University was possible to do it, so borrowed some money from my parents to come alone to the open campus from Ibaragi. At First and Second year, I took the classes in analytical chemistry formed the basis for subsequent researches and gained deep understanding of the basis of substance property. As a result, I could learn with interest a wide range fields such as organic chemistry. When feeling a class harder, I went to the library with friends to think about the questions, discuss in them. We had a good time by energizing each other.
The gas composed of the same material as auto-exhaust, is applied to catalyst and observes by infrared spectroscopy.
If catalysts are available at an easy rate, car price will be lower. Then, maybe my research will be contributed to the popularization of automobiles in emerging countries.
The Forth year to Graduate school/My research theme is a catalyst for emission gas purification. I have developed a catalyst to be composed of the materials, popular and inexpensive, such as iron nickel. It is not easy to form observing plan of chemical reaction to determine what led to the experimental outcome. When they progresses, I find my special delight. Under the teacher with the idea “We will try it”, I can conduct research using sufficient experiment facilities. I realize that Nagoya University has the free and open-minded culture more than I expected before entering. I think that this research climate can create many Nobel recipients.