Preface

The development of science and technology has been giving us a lot of benefits. Chemistry is a field which has greatly contributed to the development. The advanced technology has often reqired the basic research. Therefore, the Course of Applied Chemistry covers a variety of chemical fields, working on various materials including metal compounds, inorganic and organic compounds, polymers, proteins etc, doing basic researches and their applications.

 

This course is divided into three fields, i. e., Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry, Physical and Inorganic Chemistry, Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering.

 

Students are encouraged to master fundamental and advanced methodologies and be involved in the forefront studies in the above fields. The course yields researchers who engage in development of applied chemistry with the knowledge and technologies of chemistry.

 

Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry

The Organic and Macromolecular Chemistry field is trying to contribute to the progress of the modern society by devising novel processes for material synthesis and creating new functional materials, based on the profound understanding and precise control of a variety of chemical reactions. Research groups in this field are attempting to newly develop such objectives as methodologies for organic and polymer synthesis, heteroatom- and transition-metal-catalyzed reactions, environmentalfriendly chemical processes, redox-active organic molecular materials, organic(super)conductors and materials derived from their multi-functinalization, and functional materials based on organic polymers.

  • Development of new method for polymer synthesis (Eiji IHARA)
  • Development of new synthetic methodologies using heteroatoms and transition metals (Minoru HAYASHI)
  • Development of organic molecular materialsutilizing redox systems (Yoji MISAKI)
  • Development of new organic conductors and multi-functional materials (Takashi SHIRAHATA)
  • Development of polymer materials with wel-controlled nanostructures (Tomomichi ITOH)
  • Development of novel functional polymers (Hiroaki SHIMOMOTO)

Physical and Inorganic Chemistry

The Physical and Inorganic Chemistry field is focusing to functional solid materials having nano- and mesostructures of inorganic and organic compounds, polymer, and their hybrid systems from the viewpoints of their fundamental physiochemical properties as well as their applications to catalysts, sensors, electronic devices, and so on. The subjects include the synthesis of mesoporous materials and the applications to catalysts and gas sensors, photoelectron spectroscopy of nanocarabons and organic-inorganic hybrid materials, development of polymer-based chemical sensors, preparation of noble organic nanoparticles and their applications, and liquid–liquid extraction techniques of rare earth elements.

  • Design of functional polymers and its application to a chemical sensor (Masanobu MATSUGUCHI)
  • Laser fabrication and spectroscopy of noble organic nano-materials (Tsuyoshi ASAHI)
  • Syntheses and applications of meso- and microporous materials (Hidenori YAHIRO)
  • Study on separation technology of rare metals (Hiroshi YAMASHITA)
  • Development of enviroument-friendly catalysts with transition metal complexes (Syuhei YAMAGUCHI)
  • Development of gas sensors and catalysts using metal oxides (Hiroyuki YAMAURA)
  • Ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy of photo-functional materials (Yuhikide ISHIBASHI)

Biotechnology and Chemical Engineering

There are research groups focusing on structurefunction relationships in biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids, methods for separation and wastewater treatment, plant biotechnology, protein engineering, and applications of protein production methods to synthetic biology and medicine.

  • Functional proteomics using wheat cell-free system (Tatsuya SAWASAKI)
  • Reconstitution of protein synthesis (Kazuyuki TAKAI)
  • Structural and functional analysis of plasmodial proteins (Eizo TAKASHIMA)
  • Malaria vaccine development (Takafumi TSUBOI)
  • Structures and functions of nucleic acids and proteins related to expression of genetic information (Hiroyuki HORI)
  • Wastewater treatment, excess sludge disposal and solid liquid separation (Kenji KAWASAKI)
  • Functional analysis of membrane proteins (Akira NOZAWA)

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