INTRODUCTION

Emeritus Professor Akira Suzuki won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The gateway to a group of Chemical Technology Engineers who practically supports our “Healthy, wealthy and sustainable community”

Take a look around yourself, and you will notice the tremendous amount of products made from materials synthesized in the chemical industry; the house you live in, the clothes you wear, the computer you use for surfing the internet, the medicine you take when you get sick, and even the food you eat every day. Yes indeed our lives and cultures are based on the advanced chemical technology that successfully brought such products to our daily lives.

Chemistry deals with all the elements included in the periodic table. Materials having special functions can be obtained by systematically combining such elements at the atomic or molecular level. Considering the fact that the total number of possible combinations is uncountable, the development of numerous types of materials with special functions is expected. However, actual combinations that mankind has successfully brought to our community is limited and is only a tiny portion of what is expected. What does this mean? This means that there is still a lot more to come.

The Department of Applied Chemistry is essentially the Chemistry Division of the School of Engineering and deals with a wide variety of topics related to chemistry; from the development and characterization of new materials to the development of the technology to effectively produce and distribute them to our community. The ultimate goal of our department is to educate and encourage Chemical Technology Engineers who enjoy bringing new materials and technology to our community which have a deep impact on our lives.

We also have to bear in mind that in order to maintain a healthy, wealthy and sustainable community, we have to face squarely with serious environmental and energy issues, and develop benign chemical technology that is compatible with the riches of Nature. It is inevitable for us to utilize and recycle the limited resources of our planet, and not only develop environmentally benign materials, but also develop the technology necessary to effectively produce them. We believe that our students, alumni and faculty will aggressively cope with such challenging tasks.

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