Developing Research According to the Trends of Modern Society

Established in 1964 as part of the Department of Molecular Chemistry in the current Faculty of Science and Technology and, the Chemistry Program works to foster intensive scholarship and research ability. Today, there are 12 fields of study, each of which are developing pioneering and creative research in accordance with the trends of modern society.

Graduates Broadly Contributing to Society

Since its establishment, this program has awarded many master’s degrees (natural science). Upon graduating, the majority of degree recipients go on to work at major corporations where they utilize the skills acquired during their studies for research and technical work related to chemistry. In recent years, the number of graduates joining start-ups has been increasing, and there are also those who go on to enter our Life and Functional Material Science Program (Doctoral Program) to take the next step in developing their research skills and scientific understanding.

Features of the Chemistry Program

Basic Educational Policies for the Konan University Graduate School of Natural Science’s Chemistry Program (Master’s Program)


Graduate School of Natural Science, Department of Chemistry (Master’s Program)

Advanced research takes place in the following eight fields of modern chemistry: analytical chemistry, coordination chemistry, inorganic solid-state chemistry, physical chemistry, electrochemistry, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry and bio-molecular chemistry.

Program Investigator Laboratory Research fields Subject of research
Environmental and Resources Chemistry KIMOTO, Atsushi (Assoc. Prof.) Organic Materials Chemistry Polymer chemistry and materials science 1) Synthesis of π-conjugated polymers and their metal complexes
2) Fabrication of organic semiconductor nanoparticles
3) Application into organic electronic devices
DANJO, Hiroshi (Prof.) Synthetic Organic Chemistry Synthetic chemistry, supramolecular chemistry, and molecular recognition chemistry 1) Development of supramolecular polymers and other supramolecular functional nanomaterials
2) Construction of organic nanostructures such as molecular cages, tubes, and rings via the molecular self-organization
CHAYAMA, Kenji (Prof.) Analytical chemistry for Environment Analytical chemistry, Environmental chemistry, Separation science, Trace analysis, Solvent extraction, Selective reagents Development of analytical organic reagents specific for soft metal ions
2) Determination of trace amount of organic compounds such as endocrine disruptors with capillary electrophoresis
3) Synthesis of new ionic liquids containing sulfur atoms for extraction of soft metal ions
OSHITA, Hiromi (Dr.) Coordination chemistry in Bio-system Coordination chemistry, Biochemistry, and Analytical chemistry 1)Syntheses of biomimetic metal complexes
2)Characterization of their detailed electronic structures
3)Connection to the mechanism of biological systems
NAITO, Muneyuki (Prof.) Solid-state Structural Chemistry Solid-state chemistry, Diffraction, Crystallography 1) Atomistic structure analysis of non-equilibrium materials
2) Fabrication of nanostructured materials by solid phase reaction
YAMAMOTO, Masahiro (Prof.) Physical Chemistry of Surface and Interface Physical, Theoretical, and Electrochemistry 1) Measurement of single ion activity by ionic liquid salt bridge
2) First-principles calculation for surface and interface system
3) molecular dynamics and Monte Calro simulation for surface and interface system
Energy Science IKEDA, Shigeru (Prof.) Materials Chemistry for Photon Energy Conversion Inorganic materials chemistry, photoelectrochemistry, and Catalysis chemistry 1) Fabrication of compound thin film solar cells using wet chemical processes
2) Developments of photocatalysts and photoelectrodes for solar to chemical energy conversions
IWATSUKI, Satoshi (Prof.) Design and Analysis of Reaction Systems Solution chemistry, Analytical chemistry, Coordination chemistry 1) Detailed analysis of reaction mechanisms in solution
2) design of multi-functional molecules and specific reaction systems
KATAGIRI, Kosuke (Assoc. Prof.) Structural Organic Chemistry Organic chemistry, Organometallic chemistry, and Organic crystals 1) Porous Coordination Polymers containing lanthanide metals
2) Cyclic and/or cage structure for chemical sensor
3) Supramolecular phosphine compounds for organocatalyst
MACHIDA, Nobuya (Prof.) Solid State Inorganic Chemistry Inorganic materials chemistry,
Solid state electrochemistry,
Inorganic materials synthesis
1) Ion-conducting materials
2) All-solid-state lithium-ion batteries
3) Electrochemical devices
MURAKAMI, Ryo (Prof.) Colloid and Interface Chemistry Physical chemistry on colloids and interfaces 1) Stabilization of emulsions, foams and dry liquids using particulate materials
2) Preparation of functional materials on the basis of interfacial chemistry, such as preparation of porous polymers and omniphobic surfaces
WATANABE, Junji (Prof.) Design of Biomaterials Polymer chemistry, Organic–inorganic hybrid materials, Polymer molding process 1) Reflexive surface enrichment of hydrophilic segment
2) Higher stabilization of colloid by amphiphilic polymer
3) Selectively molecular incorporation by amorphous polymer

Class Subjects of mMster’s Chemistry Program (The Master’s Program in fiscal 2012 and later entering students)

  Class subjects Credits Required credits
Specialized subjects Compulsory Seminar in Chemical ResearchⅠ 3 ・Compulsory : 18 credits
・Select compulsory (Specialized subjects) : more than 6 credis
・Select compulsory (Basic subjects) : more than 6 credis
(It must acquire more than a total of 30 credits)
Seminar in Chemical ResearchⅡ 3
Thesis Research in Chemistry 12
Select compulsory Topics in Physical ChemistryⅡ 2
Topics in Inorganic ChemistryⅡ 2
Topics in Organic ChemistryⅡ 2
Topics in Analytical ChemistryⅡ 2
Topics in Polymer ChemistryⅡ 2
Topics in Materials ChemistryⅡ 2
Advanced Lecture on ChemistryⅠ 2
Advanced Lecture on ChemistryⅡ 2
Advanced Lecture on ChemistryⅢ 2
Advanced Lecture on ChemistryⅣ 2
Basic subjects Topics in Physical ChemistryⅠ 2
Topics in Inorganic ChemistryⅠ 2
Topics in Organic ChemistryⅠ 2
Topics in Analytical ChemistryⅠ 2
Topics in Polymer ChemistryⅠ 2
Topics in Materials ChemistryⅠ 2
English for science and technology 2
Common subjects Select Intellectual Property LawⅠ 2
Intellectual Property LawⅡ 2