1. About us
The Department of Chemistry was established in 1861, making it the oldest research facility in Japan. The department was formed during an era of great developments in modern chemistry, including the discovery of benzene by Kekulé in 1865 and the formulation of the periodic table by Mendeleyev in 1869. The department has always been at the forefront of the chemistry community, both in Japan and internationally, and places a strong emphasis on research. Groundbreaking research that originated from the department includes the discovery of ‘Umami’ by Prof. Ikeda in 1908, development of the concept of rotation isomers by Prof. Mizushima in 1933, and the discovery of organic semiconductors by Prof. Akamatsu in 1958.
Reflecting the high regard in which the discipline of chemistry is held worldwide, seven Japanese chemists have been awarded a Nobel Prize since 2000. Graduates of our department are active in the field of industrial chemistry, as well as being prominent in the academic world. The department houses organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry laboratories, all of which meet the highest international standards.
2. High levels of education and research
The Chemistry Department of the University of Tokyo prides itself on its high international standing. In terms of the number of published papers, citations, and its influence in the field of chemistry, the department is ranked No. 2 internationally by the Higher Education Evaluation and Accreditation Council of Taiwan, and No. 5 internationally by Thomson Reuters.
The University of Tokyo has a first-class publication record in respected international journals. From 2006 to 2011, researchers at the university published 384 papers in JACS and 199 papers in Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., surpassing the number of papers published by Harvard University or Stanford University.
This high level of research activity in the department is looked on favorably by industry. Consequently, graduates of the department are in great demand and enjoy a high rate of employment. Because Japanese companies promote globalization, international students are also highly employable.