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Education and Mission Statement

New Chemistry for a Thriving Future

gaiyouOur lives are undoubtedly sustained by the developments of science and technology. We are constantly surrounded by numerous products of chemistry, such as detergents, textiles, plastics, ceramics, pharmaceuticals and batteries, all of which are indispensable commodities in our daily lives. Furthermore, the state-of-art technologies of chemistry are used to create many functional materials that are needed in industrial sectors such as electronics, energy and environment and, therefore, are essential in maintaining a healthy and affluent society. In the future, the demands and expectation for chemistry will indeed become greater, particularly, in producing pharmaceuticals and substances to promote not only a good life but also good health, creating advanced materials with integrated functions, storing and converting energy with higher efficiency, and protecting the environment through the effective use of resources.

In the past, advancement in chemistry was dependent upon trial and error, and or intuition. However, since then, new equipment and methods have been used to analyze the arrays and basic characteristics of atoms and molecules that make up substances. Research is underway so as to theoretically predict and, using precise design instructions, create substances or materials that have new characteristics or functions. Research is also being carried out in order to find the ways to selectively and effectively perform only the aimed chemical reactions. Cooperation from and coordination with those who develop chemical plants are also important in order to industrially produce those new materials created through fundamental research, and to put them to actual use in society. In other words, if the needs and expectations of society are to be satisfied, the following two major disciplines need to be united: 'fundamental chemistry' that creates substances/materials by controlling chemical reactions, and 'engineering' that efficiently produces those substances/materials. In order to nurture future researchers and engineers capable of meeting such demands, the Undergraduate Department of Industrial Chemistry provides education that promotes the learning of fundamental knowledge in wide areas covering organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, basic chemical theory, and chemistry in the boundary of physical and biological sciences.