21st century goals in Chemical Science and Engineering

The mission of the Department of Chemical Science and Engineering is to foster the next generation of researchers and engineers in chemical engineering on a global scale. This will be achieved through education and research that meets the needs of industry and society. The research and educational activities in our department cover the fields of fundamental science on the microscopic and molecular level, the application of functionality to chemicals and materials, engineering applications of biofunctional materials, and process development in industrial scale material production. This course deals with the fundamentals and applications of structure and matter analysis of molecular and nano orders in chemical substances, the creation of advanced materials, the development of bioreactors which include functional adaptive biotechnology, the advancement of chemical technology, industrial technology, separation and purification technology, and analysis of the overarching systems and processes.

Structure and Divisions

Our Department consists of two divisions: the Division of Applied Chemistry and the Division of Chemical Engineering.

Applied Chemistry

Programs within the Division of Applied Chemistry include the application and generation of functionality for chemicals and materials, elucidation of the mechanisms involved, and development of techniques for new material production. Our targets range from the atomic and molecular levels to nano, meso and macro levels, in order to attain a wide range of functionality through the grouping of molecules into novel materials.

Chemical Engineering

Research and education in the Division of Chemical Engineering includes the development of useful materials and reaction catalysts, the establishment of controlled processes involving reaction and mass transfer, and the development of new production processes. This is based on explaining molecular interaction, biological molecular functions and the transfer of matter and energy, as we examine the processes of material and energy conversion in chemical and biological reactions. The ultimate goal is the development of new production processes with high material and energy efficiency and low environmental impact.

Fields of study within the Department

Localized Reactions and Physical Properties of Materials

Research and education in this field includes the analysis of localized chemical reactions within various functional materials with multi-component and multi-level structures, and the design of functional materials based on analysis of material properties and core data.

Chemical Energy Conversion Processes

We investigate the efficient conversion processes of chemical energy to other useful energy sources, and the development of related system materials (for example, energy conversion systems such as secondary batteries and fuel cells, and the hydrogen production process from natural gas).

Biofunctional Engineering

Our studies focus on the elucidation of various biofunctional networks regulated by signaling molecules and secondary metabolites. By analyzing the dynamic interactions of molecules within those networks, we can understand biofunctions from a multidimensional perspective. This process enables the application of diverse biomaterials to a wide range of industries.

Pharmaceutical Technology

Pharmaceutical Technology, composed of “Pharmaceutical Research & Technology” for product design and “Process Engineering” for manufacturing, is a combined discipline essential for the development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products. The goal of this research group is to train leaders in the pharmaceutical industry by equipping students with specialized knowledge in oral and parenteral products and engaging in cutting-edge research activities in modern pharmaceutical technology.

Chemicals and Biosensing

This course provides a scientific and technology-focused education in the fundamentals of modern bioanalytical methods, biosensor and array technology, and analytical screening. We offer a comprehensive study program within our doctoral program with a focus on chemicals, biosensors and bioelectronics.

Sustainable Chemistry (NIPPON SHOKUBAI)

We collaborate with government and industry organizations in practical studies of innovative technologies including technologies for the utilization of renewable biomass resources (biorefinery), production of renewable energy, and utilization of carbon dioxide. The goal is to create new industries based on sustainable chemistry, while cultivating innovative human resources that can contribute to these new industries.

Our education goals (Master's Program)

To work in a science and technology field, you must be able to discover for yourself a rewarding topic of study, and have the tenacity to pursue this topic. This program curriculum emphasizes on-the-job training such as practical experiments, subscription to specialist journals, and debates. We aim to equip students with core academic knowledge in a wide range of fields, and improve the ability to carry out rigorous analysis and careful planning within each specialized subject. This course will enable students to pioneer new research in their chosen specialist fields, while examining the links between society and natural sciences from a broad perspective.

Key Information

  • Degree Programme
    Master of Engineering
  • Subject area
    Engineering, Mechanical
  • Duration
    2 years
  • Total Intake (AY 2015)


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