Introduction of Divisions

Department of Chemistry, Biology, and Environmental Science [Master's Course]

The Course of Chemistry
The chemistry course consists of four divisions: Physical Chemistry of Condensed Matter, Chemistry for Molecular Design, Functional Chemistry in Life Science and Functional Chemistry for Materials. Researches in the division of Physical Chemistry of Condensed Matter include investigation of the physicochemical properties of the soft matter such as surfactants, amphiphilic polymers, and ionic liquids. We also aim at dynamical properties of low-temperature quantum molecular systems containing light mass atoms by means of quantum dynamical simulations. In the division of Chemistry for Molecular Design, we investigate the creation of innovative functional molecules by fabricating various metals and organic molecules as metal complexes, aiming for the realization of sustainable human society in accordance with precious nature. In the division of Functional Chemistry in Life science, we aim to elucidate the structure and function of biomolecules involved in the mechanism of life, using many high-technology facilities including mass spectrometer, optical, nuclear magnetic resonance, and other spectroscopic instruments. In the division of Functional Chemistry for Materials, we engage in the development of new functional materials through the study of optical and magnetic properties of molecules, while being conscious about their practicability and applicability.
The Course of Biological Sciences
Molecular, individual, and population viewpoints are vital for understanding various life phenomena. This program provides education and research on phenomena at the levels of genes, molecules, cells, individuals, populations and communities, with the aim of fostering research which is rich in creativity and has a broad perspective. Each course aims to construct a unique specialty by integrating multiple research fields that mutually complement each other. Highly advanced education and research on biology are carried out in both courses as the basis of natural science, while being oriented to the transition to interdisciplinary research which exists in the methodologies common to both courses. This program is expected to nurture a balance between micro and macro phenomena as well as advance the scientific discipline of biology, and so maintains its original specialty. The Molecular and Cell Biology Course places emphasis on education and research which analyzes life phenomena at the molecular and cellular levels. The Individual and Population Biology Course focuses on education and research which analyzes life phenomena at the individual and population levels.
The Course of Environmental Sciences
The Environmental Sciences course consists of four groups: Global Environmental Sciences, Mathematical Biology, Environmental Chemistry and Biological Environment Science. In the group of Global Environmental Sciences, we research the properties of the earth's environment based on satellite observations in order to adequately comprehend current global environmental changes. The research covers broad fields, such as the development of remote sensing algorithms and simulation of global environmental changes. In the group of Mathematical Biology, we apply mathematical and computational techniques to explore a variety of biological phenomena and interactions with environments. This is a very interdisciplinary field of science in which the disciplines of applied mathematics, biology, and computational science are employed together. In the group of Environmental Chemistry, we aim to develop new analytical methods for archaeology and the preservation of cultural assets. We also adopt synthetic approaches to create new functional, environmentally friendly compounds for environmental analyses. In the group of Biological Environment Science, we study how organisms interact with their environments through interdisciplinary approaches involving molecular biology, genomics, physiology, and ecology, and apply the findings generated by such studies to our education programs.

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