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Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Engineering

Educational Goals

The Department of Applied Chemistry is designed to educate students to be innovative and practical researchers and engineers, with fundamental skills spanning broad disciplines of chemistry, such as nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, food, energy and environmental sciences, in order to respond to the demands of a rapidly changing society.

Overview

In recent years, the importance of intellectual property, as related to knowledge and experience, has been recognized in our society. In addition, the importance of manufacturing has also been established. Technology and knowledge of chemistry have been developing quite rapidly in recent years, in a quickly shifting environment in which today's cutting-edge technologies will be obsolete almost overnight.

To deal with such rapid changes, the Department of Applied Chemistry emphasizes the importance of studying basic scientific knowledge and skills, and of developing basic academic abilities. Through an in-depth education encompassing the fundamentals of chemistry, with the integration of pure and applied chemistry, we aim to educate and train the next generation of technicians and engineers to have the ability to flexibly apply their skills to realistic problems in our society. Our key goal is to provide students with an overall knowledge in broad fields of applied chemistry, such as nanotechnology, advanced materials, biotechnology, food, energy, and environmental sciences, to facilitate innovation in the twenty-first century. Our major subjects are divided into three main courses: Advanced Material Chemistry, in which students study subjects related to organic and inorganic advanced materials, medicines, and cosmetics; Bio-Health Chemistry, related to chemical technologies pertaining to life, organisms, food, and nutrition; and Environmental Chemistry, in which students study subjects related to resources, the environment, and recycling. These three courses are classified in such a way that students can choose classes according to their interests and future careers.

Characteristics of Our Education

As future researchers also need writing, expression and presentation abilities, writing assignment creation guidance is also given to all students. The Bio-Nano Science Fusion Course and the Robotics Course can also be chosen under Cross-Departmental Education Programs (Minors) in the Department of Applied Chemistry. For the first- and second-year students, we assign Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and Analytical Chemistry as required subjects. For such subjects, we focus on small-group education closely linked with experiments. In addition, basic academic abilities will be developed even further by offering various opportunities, including supplementary courses, to gain a thorough understanding of the subjects. For second- and third-year students, our educational program is split into three subject streams as mentioned above: Advanced Material Chemistry, Bio-Health Chemistry, and Environmental Chemistry, in which the students can gain broad technical knowledge in applied chemistry. In addition, we offer third-year students an opportunity to visit and stay at research laboratories in our department to learn how cutting-edge, advanced research as well as graduate research studies in such laboratories is being performed. This can be regarded as an "internship for research" in which the students acquire practical knowledge of chemistry through actual participation in research activities. In each semester of every academic year, students are required to take experiment-based courses so that practical skills can be gradually mastered over the course of the entire degree.

It is important to have good writing and presentation abilities for future researchers and engineers, thus we offer a writing course for all students in our department.

In the Department of Applied Chemistry, the students can also choose the Bio-Nano Science Fusion Course and Robotics Course under the Cross-Departmental Education Programs (Minors).