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Department of Chemistry

Introduction to Department of Chemistry

-- Chemistry realizes the dreams of humankind --

Chemistry is a study on the structure and reactivity of materials in nature, and deals with the human body as well as outer space. Chemistry provides a variety of processes not only for synthesizing new substances but also for giving new functions to materials on the basis of diversity. Chemistry has developed by close relationships to such basic sciences as mathematics, physics, and biology, and also applied sciences, e.g., engineering, agriculture, pharmacy, and medicine. Chemistry plays a more and more important role in science of the 21st century.
One of the objectives of the department is to provide advanced knowledge on chemistry and research experiences for the students. In order to attain the goal, the lectures and laboratory works are so arranged that the students can acquire both the fundamental and current subjects of chemistry. Furthermore, senior students belong to the laboratories of distinct disciplines (Nuclear and Radiochemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Organic Reaction Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemistry of Condensed Matter, Quantum Chemistry), and gain new experiences in research work by means of graduation research and seminar. Intensive and extensive research is performed in each laboratory whose faculties instruct students in their studies and research work. About 60% of students proceed to the Graduate School after graduation to develop further their research experience.

"Introductory Mathematics to Chemistry"class for freshmen

Geological and archaeological dating using radition-induced thermoluminescence: (a) a slice of quartz, (b) quartz grains from an ancient pottery.

"Experiment of Analytical Chemistry"class for sophomore

High performance liquid chromatography (Isolation and purification of fullerenes and endohedral metallofullerenes)

Two students are optimizing laser power to perform experiments on chemical kinetics

Nuclei reconstituted in vitro

Cell- free nuclear formation experiments to reveal the molecular mechanism of nuclear envelope reconstitution

La2@C80(Two La atoms are encapsulated in C80 fullerene)