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Doctoral Level Section

Division of Material Sciences

In the Division of Material Sciences, we study the principles of nature, and construct the basis of science and technology for the next generation through searching for new experimental and theoretical approaches to materials. Specifically, we carry out fundamental studies, focusing on the analysis of material structures such as the electronic structure of atoms and molecules, electronic and steric structures of solids, the inner structure of the earth and the structure of biomolecules. We aim to train our students to become scientists and engineers who can apply the knowledge they have gained to the creation of new materials and functions, to the development of groups of high-order functional materials, to the recycling of materials and energy, and to the establishment of a next-generation recycling system for the environment-friendly society of the future.
How about acquiring advanced skills and knowledge and contributing to the establishment of an environment-friendly society through research in chemistry?

[Doctoral Thesis Topics]

  • ■ Organic/Inorganic complex substances
  • ■ Bio-science
  • ■ Material information
  • ■ Material dynamics
  • ■ High-order functional materials
  • ■ Advanced functional materials
  • ■ Precision production processes
  • ■ Environmental coordination processes
  • ■ Resource recycling processes
  • ■ Material-use systems
  • ■ Underground environment science
  • ■ Extreme environmental dynamics
  • ■ Precision synthesis technology
  • ■ Microstructure control
Bilirubin oxidase
Bilirubin oxidase
Bilirubin-docking model
Bilirubin-docking model
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Nano particle classification
Nano particle classification
Surfactant nano structure
Surfactant nano structure
Ultra-precision forming technology: Ultrasonic forming technology
Ultra-precision forming technology: Ultrasonic forming technology
Extraction of styrene oligomer by means of supercritical carbon dioxide
Extraction of styrene oligomer by means of supercritical carbon dioxide
Supercritical foam-forming technology:
Supercritical foam-forming technology:
Micro-foam structure (left), high-reflection material (right)
Environmental technology: Dehalogenated flame retardant
Environmental technology: Dehalogenated flame retardant
Nano-process evaluation technology: Liquid crystal panel electrodes
Nano-process evaluation technology: Liquid crystal panel electrodes
Highly functional film analysis technology: Dynamic orientation analysis
Highly functional film analysis technology: Dynamic orientation analysis
Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU)
Mizunami Underground Research Laboratory (MIU)
MIU overview
MIU overview
Research on geological disposal of radioactive waste
Research on geological disposal of radioactive waste
Production of nano fiber by the electro-spinning method
Production of nano fiber by the electro-spinning method
DSC-TED thermal analysis equipment
DSC-TED thermal analysis equipment
Production of bio fuel by means of supercritical methanol
Production of bio fuel by means of supercritical methanol

Material Creation

We provide instruction and conduct research on the design, creation and practical application of advanced, highly functional and environment-friendly organic and inorganic materials and their complexes, which are required in our industrialized society, based on the study of life phenomena related to metallic ions or other factors. This course involves the following three research fields:

Creation of Organic Compounds:
Development of highly efficient and selective new organic reactions, their application to the design and construction of useful organic materials, and investigation of intra- and inter-molecular interactions

Creation of Inorganic and Complex Compounds:
Design and synthesis of highly functional metal complexes, which have the outstanding properties of both organic and inorganic compounds

Biomolecular Science:
Molecular analysis of life phenomena related to microelements and their application to the molecular design of new functional proteins

Material Information Analysis

We aim to analyze the structures, properties, distributions, and dynamics of natural and synthetic materials through experiments and theoretical study, to clarify material behaviors and phenomena based on the results of the analyses, and to search for applications that will improve the environment. In particular, we focus on the distinctive structures, both static and dynamic, of solids and molecular compounds, and the expression mechanisms of their physical properties; material distribution and dynamics in the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere; innovative methods for separating and analyzing trace substances; and the origin of isotopes and their distribution on the earth and in outer space. Our research also covers various other topics such as environmental pollutants and restoration of natural life forms, fixation and recycling of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and analysis of genetic information.

Advanced Functional Materials

We accumulate analytical data on materials and their functions, and investigate the expression mechanisms of high-order functions in materials at the molecular level by means of state-of-the-art material-analysis and evaluation technology. The purpose of doing this is to design and develop advanced materials such as molecular device materials, bio-mimetic materials, hybrid composites, polymers, optical functional materials, information- and energy-conversion materials, and environment-friendly materials, and to develop innovative technologies that will put those highly functional materials into practical use.

Eco Recycling System

If we want to use natural resources continuously, it is essential for us to recycle and reuse them in the most energy-efficient ways and to develop a method of creating materials that can be easily returned to their original state. This course aims to train students to become researchers and engineers with a wide perspective, who can make great environment-friendly contributions to the research and development of material recycling systems, using their extensive knowledge of fundamental subjects such as chemistry and biology.

Material Production Processes

The development and control of advanced, precise production processes are indispensable for energy-efficient production of materials and efficient use of their functions. In the process, attention should also be paid to keeping environmental impact to a minimum. This course aims to produce researchers and engineers who can contribute to the research and development of production devices and integrated systems.

Deep Geological Environment Science (Jointly Offered Course)

(This course is offered in collaboration with the Japan Atomic Energy Agency) The unrevealed, complicated system of the deep geological environment is studied in terms of the physical and chemical properties and the static and dynamic conditions of materials, based on comprehensive knowledge of fundamental and applied sciences. This course covers this little-understood research area and is designed to produce researchers and engineers who can meet the technological needs of society and explore an innovative research area for the study of complicated and long-term behaviors of materials in an extreme environment that includes deep strata.

Advanced High-Performance Material Technology (Jointly Offered Course)

(This course is offered in collaboration with Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd.) We aim to create high-performance materials, which are in great demand in the fields of automobiles, information, electronics, electricity and energy, and are studying practical uses for next-generation micro-structure control methods by means of nano-technology, and uses for precise synthesis methods. We aim to produce researchers and engineers who can respond to the technical needs of society and explore an innovative research field.

Strong Magnetic Field Property Sciences (Jointly Offered Course)

(This course is offered in collaboration with the National Institute for Materials Science.) Japan has been playing a leading role in the world with regard to development of strong magnetic fields. Now, methods of researching physical properties by means of strong magnetic fields are in great demand for the development of nano-technology, biotechnology and imaging technology. We provide instructions on the fundamentals of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and the influences of strong magnetic fields on materials. In addition, using our world-class facility for strong magnetic fields, we are carrying out research on new methods for measurement and analysis of NMR in a strong magnetic field and new properties produced by strong magnetic fields. Our aim is to produce researchers who can develop methods of researching properties using strong magnetic fields.