Department of Applied Chemistry



- Chemical Research toward the 21st Century -

The Department of Applied Chemistry has provided the education and a substantial programs of researches for synthesis, characterization, and utilization of novel chemical materials. The education program of the I)epartment provides students extensive knowledge on fundamental and applied chemistry to cope with the problems to solve environmental and energy issues in the 21st century.

The Department provides students fundamentals including physical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and biochemistry. Students then may take advanced lectures, such as materials chemistry, environmental chemical engineering, biochemical engineering, three programs of laboratory work, and seminars.

Materials Chemistry Division

Analysis and design of chemical reactors. Photochemical reactions for organic synthesis and environmental applications. Inorganic syntheses for layered and mesostructured solids. I)evelopmenl of catalysts for depollution and energy conservation. Molecular dynamics approach of macromolecular structure.

Environmental Chemistry Divistion

Novel synthetic strategy of biologically active compounds. Conversion of biomass to functional and industrial materials. Development of selective biomass-derived adsorbents for harmful metals. Reaction engineering concerning solvent extraction of precious metals.

Biochemistry Division 

 Screening of microorganism capable of producing used novel biomaterials. Production of sweetenings using hydrolyzing enzymes. Enzymatic synthesis of oligosacchirides by sugar-transferring enzymes. Bioreactors and development of biotechnology using recombinant DNA.

Many of our reserch works achieved in cooperation with the Materials Resesreh Center, Cooperative Research Center, Radioisotope Center, and/or Gene Research Center of the University.


Extraction experiment using flow reactor 

Research & development of catalysts for 
depollution and energy-conversion 

Measurement of oxidation potentials 
by cyclic voltammetry 

Analysis by nuclear magnetic resonance 
(NMR) spectrometer 

Analysis of enzymatic reaction 

Double helix structure of DNA (cellulase gene)