Our graduate program covers advanced studies in all fields of chemistry, Physical, Organic, Inorganic, and Analytical Chemistry, and their interdisciplinary subjects through both lectures and frontier research projects. Students in the Master Course are encouraged to build a foundation of knowledge in the respective fields of chemistry and also develop experimental skills in their own field of expertise as well as other research fields. Students in the Doctoral Course are strongly encouraged to conduct frontier research projects using their own knowledge and expertise in chemistry. In addition，those in the graduate program have various opportunities to develop teaching skills of chemistry via Teaching Assistantship of the undergraduate laboratory course and research activities in their own research groups. All lectures in our graduate program are given in English, aiming at exposures of all students to English-speaking scientific environment as well as encouraging international students to enroll in our graduate program. We also hold various research seminars and symposia that invite domestic/international speakers who conduct world-top-class research programs, providing opportunities for students to learn ‘hot topics’ of chemical research.
A variety of frontier research projects are being conducted in the three research groups in the physical chemistry division. The Solid State Chemistry group designs and synthesizes novel functionalized molecule-based and metal oxides magnets. The Quantum Chemistry group investigates molecules interacting with ultrashort intense laser fields for fundamental understanding of interaction of molecules and light fields. The Catalytic Chemistry group aims at developing novel techniques of synthesizing metal clusters and investigates their physical and chemical properties. In all the three groups, students master basic and advanced skills in experiment and theory and develop their understanding of essential aspects physical chemistry through their own research projects， group meetings, and daily discussions.
Four research groups are in the organic chemistry division, and the respective group conducts unique research programs in organic chemistry and interdisciplinary fields. The Synthetic Organic Chemistry group aims at developing environmentally friendly reactions with extreme efficiencies. The Natural Product Chemistry group conducts syntheses and analyses of natural products, enabling for visualizing cells and marine ecology. The Physical Organic Chemistry group challenges new reactions and materials that lead to novel principles of chemistry. The Bioorganic Chemistry group advances biosynthetic methodologies that produce novel bioactive compounds, and apply them to various topics in chemical biology. In addition to the regular group meetings in each group, this division holds a weekly Organic Seminar, and graduate students in this division present not only their own experimental results but also literatures of hot topics in the related fields.
Inorganic and analytical Chemistry
The research interests of four groups encompass not only the traditional areas of inorganic and analytical chemistry but also cover many interdisciplinary areas including materials science, surface science, electrochemistry, study of proteins, bioanalysis and bioinorganic chemistry. Both experimental and theoretical aspects are addressed in the area. Research in the laboratory is carried out in four groups led by sixteen members of academic staff. Our common concept is to cultivate and enrich our knowledge of fundamental and applied chemistry through advancing the state-of-the-art in beautiful compounds, functional materials and analytical methods.