Tetsuya Taketsugu
Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering

Chemistry as an academic discipline deals with material structures and related changes in a wide range of areas. The field has essentially developed via the application of various experimental approaches. The establishment of quantum mechanics (a fundamental theory underpinning the world of microscopic objects) in the early 20th century and subsequent remarkable advances in computer technology have given rise to the fields of theoretical and computational chemistry. The Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering covers a wide range of academic areas from the fundamentals (e.g., theoretical/computational chemistry for the elucidation of atomic and molecular phenomena, physical chemistry, inorganic/analytical chemistry, organic chemistry and biological chemistry) to applied research for the development of functional materials such as catalysts, pharmaceuticals, plastics, ceramics and luminescent materials. The school promotes educational and research activities while addressing new issues and technologies, including today’s environmental and energy problems, life/health sciences and data science toward progress in artificial intelligence-led chemistry.

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 Hokkaido University’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, when Akira Suzuki (Professor Emeritus, Hokkaido University) won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. This is a comprehensive chemistry graduate school, and is the first of its kind in Japan. With the support of 52 laboratories covering a wide range of chemistry areas (categorized under 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 Hokkaido University (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.

Based on HU’s four philosophies (i.e., Frontier Spirit, All-round Education, Global Perspectives and Practical Learning), the school is committed to producing future generations of outstanding leaders in chemistry and a wide range of related disciplines.