Graduate School of Engineering

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Research Areas

Physical Chemistry

This research area provides education and researches related to solution chemistry, electrochemistry and microwave chemistry. Specific researches of this research area are as follows: the preparation of metal salt mixtures by capillary flow co-precipitation method, the evaluation of liquid junction potentials generated in two kinds of salt-bridges connected in parallel, the synthesis of proton-conductive materials by microwave heating and the asymmetric synthesis by circularly polarized microwave, and so on.

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Functional Materials

This research are provides the education and research related to inorganic chemistry, coordination chemistry, material chemistry, and electrochemistry. Our approach involves the synthesis, characterization (electronic/electric properties, structure analysis, etc) and application (fuel cell, catalysis etc) of a wide range of functional inorganic materials from oxide cluster to bio-ceramics. Research topics of this research area are as follows: Preparation and characterization of semiconductor and ferroelectric films prepared by the soft material synthesis. Development of solid electrolytes for fuel cells. Synthesis and analysis of functional polyoxometalates.

Functional Materials1

Functional Materials2

Organic Material Chemistry

Our research focuses on developing novel functional organic materials based on polymers and self-assembling molecules. The approaches of our research groups involve design, synthesis, and characterization of a wide range of functional organic materials. Topics of our research are as follows: development of self-assembled materials such as organogels and liquid crystals, development of chromic materials which respond to external stimuli with changing their color along with molecular structures, development of woody biomass functional materials, control of biofunctions by micro-structured surface of biomaterials, development of biosensing materials, construction of functional molecular assemblies by mimicking biomolecules, and micro/nanostructure control of polymers and self-assembled materials.

Organic Material Chemistry1

Organic Material Chemistry2

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering studies quantitative methods for understanding systems where chemical-reactions proceed. We deal with basic chemical engineering problems including chemical kinetics, transport phenomena of matter, momentum, and energy. Our research area covers energy and environmental problems, effective utilization of energy and resources, environmental friendly technologies, water cleanup technologies, renewable energy and more. We now conduct research on a variety of topics, including developments of high energy density rechargeable batteries and nano-materials for polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs), development of next-generation process for coal combustion and gasification, utilization of waste material, development of cleanup technology for river water and pollutant soil. Furthermore, we have launched study on thin film technologies for sustainable energy, such as thin-film photovoltaic cells, thin films of high-performance transparent conducting oxides and novel transparent semiconducting oxides.

Chemical Engineering

Synthetic Organic Chemistry

Part of our research program is concerned with the synthetic chemistry, structure determination, and reactivity studies of various organic compounds directed toward synthesis of functional organic materials or bioactive substances. Our target molecules are novel organic main-group compounds containing Group 15 elements such as nitrogen, phosphorous, arsenic, and bismuth, Group 16 elements such as sulfur and selenium, or Group 17 elements such as fluorine. We are also interested in the design and development of new organic reactions utilizing the characteristics of the main group elements and also in the theoretical analysis of structure and reactivity by calculations. The second major topic of our research concerns the development of novel functional polymer and precise synthesis of polymer materials through environmentally benign process.

Synthetic Organic Chemistry

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