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Tohru DAIRI
Dean
Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering

 Under Hokkaido University (HU) ’s four philosophies, “Frontier Spirit”, “All-round Education”, “Global Perspectives” and “Practical Learning”, the Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering is committed to producing future generations of outstanding leaders in chemistry and a wide range of related disciplines.

 “Chemistry” covers a wide range of research fields. The titles of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry winning works represent this diversity; palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis (one of the awardees is Akira Suzuki, Professor Emeritus, Hokkaido University), the discovery of quasicrystals, studies of G-protein-coupled receptors, the development of multiscale models for complex chemical systems, the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy, mechanistic studies of DNA repair, the design and synthesis of molecular machines, developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution, the directed evolution of enzymes, and the development of lithium-ion batteries. The Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering engages in educational and research activities including these diverse research fields.

 Built on a fusion of chemistry in science (which plays a role in fundamental chemistry education/research) and chemistry in engineering (which focuses on practical learning), this chemistry-focused graduate school was established in conjunction with HU’s Institute for Catalysis, its Research Institute for Electronic Science and its Institute for Genetic Medicine, and in collaboration with the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), RIKEN and the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center (NCVC). The school was opened in 2010 and is the first of its kind in Japan. With the support of 51 laboratories covering a wide range of chemistry areas categorized into the Molecular Chemistry and Engineering Course, the Materials Chemistry and Engineering Course, and the Biological Chemistry and Engineering Course, the school offers a curriculum that provides systematic education based on a panoramic perspective from all fields of chemistry in science and engineering.

 Molecular Chemistry and Engineering Course
 – Molecular-level control and analysis of reactions, catalyst development for efficient reactions, development of reaction chains toward related chemical process development and process design

 Materials Chemistry and Engineering Course
 – Development of organic polymers, inorganic materials, metallic materials, nanomaterials and other types of matter with novel functions stemming from a hierarchical assembly of molecules and atoms, and related composite materials

 Biological Chemistry and Engineering Course
 – Artificial control of biological systems based on chemical analysis of the structures and functions of cells and organisms, and the design of medical and medical-related materials with various biological functions

 To develop future leaders capable of taking up global roles, the Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering collaborates with the Frontier Chemistry Center and other organizations in actively promoting programs offered in English. Such efforts are intended to enable HU students to learn together with overseas students at HU or its partner institutions abroad. Related initiatives include the Hokkaido Summer Institute Program and the Learning Satellite Program. Through its Ph.D. Program, the school has helped to internationalize university education with the establishment of the Advanced Graduate School of Chemistry and Materials Science (AGS) program, which is offered in English to Japanese and international students.