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♦ Introduction

« Department of Applied Chemistry »

Advanced Chemistry for the 21st century
                     ~ From Nanotechnology To Biosciences ~

- Towards Environment-friendly Technology and Development of New Energy Resources -

Features of the Department of Applied Chemistry

Materials science is the basis for the advancement of high technologies like nanotechnology and biochemistry now and in the future, which will bring about true innovation not only in engineering but also in the society as a whole. On the basis of this belief, the Department of Applied Chemistry attempts to design, synthesize and construct novel smart materials with sophisticated functions. We aim ultimately at contributing to social welfare by attaining a zero-emission or recycling society on the basis of advanced manufacturing technologies we develop. We aim also at fostering talented researchers and engineers who can engage in these undertakings at all levels of society.


Since its foundation in 1911 as the Department of Applied Chemistry, the Department has been fostering a large number of engineers and researchers under excellent tutelage and facilities. The Department of Applied Chemistry now comprises such major disciplines of chemistry as organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and chemical engineering to carry out well-balanced education and research on materials science. The graduates of this Department contributed significantly to industrialization and modernization of this country, especially in the Kitakyushu area. Recently, they helped establish Kitakyushu Recycling Eco-model City.

Molecular Creation Chemistry
Design and development of molecules, polymers, materials with novel functions meeting social needs are always required in a wide range of industries such as medical, telecommunications and ecology. To meet such a need this Section carries out education and research on molecular design, functional design and functional polymers.
Material Production Chemistry
It is important to develop systems and processes on the basis of deep understanding of the structure and properties of a substance and its assemblies, on which novel manufacturing technologies need to be developed to tackle many environmental challenges. We are studying various process technologies to realize eco-cycling industrial processes.

Organization of Department of Applied Chemistry
Functional Design Chemistry
Controlling materials intricately at the nanometer level is important for design and development of new functional materials which can be applied in various industrial fields to exert their function maximally. We are studying electronic properties and functions of solids, catalysts, and electrochemistry on the basis of functional design chemistry.
The Department of Applied Chemistry has three major courses described above to foster talented individuals through comprehensive education and research on materials chemistry. This Department runs also wide-ranged educational and research programs through collaboration with other related courses in this Institute.

«  Goal of Learning and Education  »
(A) Foster capable engineers with gentleman ship who have high personality and deep knowledge of science and engineering to contribute to the progress of the society.
  1. Aim at fostering engineers with balanced and strong personality on the basis of a broad academic background, not confined to a narrow discipline.
  2. With ethics and social responsibility as an engineer in mind, students need to find and solve problems actively and by themselves.
(B) Foster engineers furnished with a global view and deep insight into science and technology together with basic knowledge on manufacturing and problem-solving abilities.

  1. Having sufficient basic knowledge of mathematics, physics and chemistry, etc as well as the expertise in engineering and applied chemistry.
  2. Having the ability to apply this expertise of applied chemistry to manufacturing to engage at the forefront of research and development.
  3. Having a logical communication ability to attain effective mutual understanding and creative ideas and application capabilities based on his/her personality.
  4. Having the ability to set one’s own goal independently, find and solve problems by oneself.
(C) Development of the talent with internationality and self-support in order to contribute to the harmony of humankind and nature.

  1. Recognizing deeply the importance of resources, energy and environment, and aiming at "manufacturing" on this basis
  2. Having the skill of languages to be able to collaborate with foreign engineers
Educational Feature

At the Department of Applied Chemistry, graduation-thesis research during the fourth year has a large weight as the culmination of research and education in the same way as in other engineering departments. In the late third year, students are assigned tentatively to each laboratory for undergraduate studies, and it is the valuable opportunity for them to determine their official assignment in the fourth year. In addition, oral presentations and debates like "Free Studies of Applied Chemistry" are available at lower years.
Even such basic fields as materials science are specialized in recent years into organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, chemical engineering, and environmental analytical chemistry etc. Thus, more than half of graduates proceed to the graduate school, master’s course for two years and doctor’s course for another three years, to study their disciplines at the higher level. Graduate students are required to enhance their presentation skills especially in English. Specifically, they present an oral review of papers written in foreign languages on one topic. In addition, there is a mid-term presentation in which graduate students present their research results in English. Graduate students even publish their results in international journals and conferences. They can attend international conferences by a scholarship endowed by Meisenkai, Alumni Association of this Institute.

♦ Laboratories

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