Educational and Research Objectives

This course consists of the following three fields: 1) the field of physics in which natural phenomena are studied from the levels of elementary particles, atoms, and molecules to the universe to uncover the basis of a wide variety of behaviors; 2) the field of chemistry aimed at the exploration of synthesis, properties, structure, reactions, and functions of materials as well as the construction of material systems with novel functions; 3) the field of functional material science in which materials with novel functions are designed and produced based on condensed matter physics and molecular biology, which will be applied to device development and systematization. One of the educational and research objectives in this course is to foster highly specialized professionals who have a wide range of knowledge to respond to academic trends and movements in next-generation industries, and to develop researchers/ engineers creative enough to cultivate new academic fields, new technologies, and new industries, through fundamental and cutting-edge education and research in each technology field.
A nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer used to examine the structure of organic compounds

The mentors responsible for this course are studying the following subjects

In the area of material basics, we are conducting state-of-the-art theoretical and experimental research aimed at the interaction and structure of elementary particles and atomic nuclei, the evolution of the universe and high-energy astrophysics, and condensed systems (superconductors, magnetic materials, etc.). In this area, we are also conducting studies on the synthesis, structural analysis, and reactivity of novel chemical compounds with the properties of heteroatoms, which is focused on elementary chemistry, as well as the development of new synthetic reactions. Furthermore, we are studying the synthesis of highly functional inorganic materials such as those with high conductivity and ultra-low thermal expansion, and the development of solid catalysts, which are essential in the chemical industry. In the area of material functions, we are pursuing the preparation, application, and device development of a wide range of novel materials, including inorganic materials, organic molecules, and biopolymers. Concerning boundary areas related to the arrangement and systematization of atoms and molecules, in particular, we are working on the research and development of new measurement and evaluation methods and novel substances by taking advantage of physical, chemical, and molecular evolution engineering techniques. We are also evaluating the properties and reactions of many substances using various analytical methods for functional molecules. At the same time, we are exploring new functional substances. In addition to the above, we are developing optically active organic compounds and organometallic complexes based on organic materials. We are also synthesizing new materials using molecular design methods and creating functional molecular systems. Through the involvement in research in these fields, the students of this course will acquire cutting-edge knowledge and learn the research strategies and research methods needed for research implementation.