Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering

Outline of the Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering

 The department consists of two courses, the course of Applied Chemistry and the course of Chemical and Bioengineering. These courses are based on chemistry and include basic chemistry, bioengineering, environmental chemistry, fine chemical production, and process systems engineering. It also includes green chemical biology which aims for a society with more recycling and a lower carbon footprint. These two courses together provide a high standard of education and research to achieve new developments for industrial applications with chemistry and bioengineering as a foundation.

Education Courses After graduation Faculty
Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering

Education in the Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering

 Undergraduate education in these two courses manipulates environmental chemistry and chemical systems to create environment-conscious products, and a fusion study of applied chemistry and biochemical engineering for manufacturing technology using biological materials. The purpose of these courses is to foster student’s abilities in order to take the lead in future society and study technological applications for research and development and system architecture based on Chemistry.

 The first and second years are devoted to the acquisition of fundamental skills, (e.g. mathematics, physics, and basic chemistry) required in the future study of applied chemistry and biochemical engineering. After the second year, laboratory work and exercises in each course are introduced to strengthen expertise. The fourth year is for learning specialized knowledge and skills through laboratory seminars and graduation research.

Course of Applied Chemistry

 Remarkable advances in international exchanges have proceeded in recent years and the world faces an intense need for technological innovation to improve manufacturing reliability and to make beneficial contributions to environmental sustainability. Thus, working on conservation of the global environment, invention of sustainable energy, and the advancement of innovative green technology chemical scientists and engineers face many future challenges.

 There is a growing demand globally for highly skilled personnel with highly technical knowledge on the principles of materials handling who also have enough professional expertise to create eco-industrial synergies that would shape the future of an environmentally sustainable society.

 The course of Applied Chemistry works to gain better understanding of fundamental principles that govern the nature of chemical reactions and facilitate challenges to design and create fine chemicals that bring benefits to society.

 The undergraduate and graduate programs in the Department aim to provide rigorous education in interdisciplinary areas of applied chemistry and chemical engineering with a focus on manufacturing science and technology for the sustainable coexistence of humans, nature, and the Earth. Students are encouraged through practical experience and academic courses of study to learn how to design and create environmentally benign chemical processes as well as extend their knowledge of handling advanced green technologies and building ideal chemical systems for the future.

 Applied Chemistry for Environmental Industry is the field for understanding the nature of chemical substances and processes, with specific focuses on “innovation in science and technology” and “realization of an environmentally sustainable society.”Our mission is to educate competent chemical researchers and engineers in this academic field who address critical issues in environmental sustainability in order to shape the future of the chemical industry and the world. The course of Applied Chemistry traces its origin to the materials science and chemical system engineering course from the previous Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering.

Course of Applied Chemistry

Course of Chemical and Bioengineering

 In the bioengineering course, you will learn about academia related to bioengineering technologies such as biochemistry, molecular biological engineering, enzyme technologies, microbial technologies, and biochemical engineering as well as fundamentals like organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry and chemical engineering. We will assist in training engineers who challenge to “create products from biomaterials” with “new biotechnologies that combine chemical engineering with bioengineering”.

 In hopes of abandoning the consumptions of fossil fuels people of the 21st century increased the demand for environment-friendly biotechnologies more and more, and they pay great attention to biotechnologies as up-and-coming industries. Especially, we have to create green biotechnologies for producing energy resources and chemical products. It is indispensable for the engineers to master not only biology but also to learn chemistry dealing with biomolecules, which constitute basic biochemical reactions. They must also learn process engineering and how to effectively return such knowledge to the real world.

 In our Tokai area, we have a lot of food and medical industries. Right now, many chemical companies are striving to build biotechnological industries based on their own chemical engineering technologies in Hamamatsu and Nagoya regions. We have to establish educational institutes for cultivating human resources for biotechnology. In our course, we will cultivate engineers skillful enough to develop biotechnologies that are most certainly needed by future societies.

 This course was recently created through the joint collaboration of the former Department of Materials Science’s polymer engineering group and molecular catalysis group as well as the former Department of Chemical Engineering’s biological processing group. It will also include the newly formed Faculty of Agriculture’s organic biology group.

Course of Chemical and Bioengineering

After graduation

 Approx. 60% of students go to the graduate school and learn cutting-edge science and technology in the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, a predecessor to the Department of Applied Chemistry & Biochemical Engineering.

 Applied Chemistry & Biochemical Engineering are fundamental knowledge and related skills are necessary for a wide range of industries (e.g. chemical industry, oil industry, polymer and textile industry, food industry, printing industry, steel- and non-ferrous metal industry, electronic and communication industry, medical and pharmaceutical industry, human services industry, environmental industry, transport industry, information and communication industry, and photonics industry), and graduates of the courses are expected to assume important roles in future efforts in leading companies around Hamamatsu, Tokai, and elsewhere.

 We are proud that we have almost a 100% rate of employment from graduates of the Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, a predecessor to the Department of Applied Chemistry & Biochemical Engineering.


Course of Applied Chemistry

Choji FukuharaCatalytic Chemistry, Chemical Reaction Engineering
Chang Yi KONGSupercritical Fluid, Transfer Phenomenon
Masaki TakahashiOrganic Photochemistry
Hajime ToriiPhysical Chemistry, Molecular Spectroscopy, Theoretical Chemistry
Kazumasa UedaOrganic Chemistry of Materials
Associate Professor
Yoshiumi KohnoPorous Materials, Photocatalysis
Akinori MaezawaChemical Engineering, Environmental Preservation
Keiko MiyabayashiInorganic Nanostructured Materials
Izumi OkajimaSupercritical Fluid Engineering
Tetsuya SengokuOrganic Chemistry, Natural Product Synthesis
Kaoru TakeishiCatalytic Chemistry, Clean Fuel and Energy
Yuji TatemotoDrying Technology, Powder Technology
Yasumasa TomitaInorganic Solid State Chemistry
Ryo WatanabeCatalytic Chemistry, Chemical Reaction Engineering
Assistant Professor
Keisuke FujimotoOrganic chemistry, Photochemistry
Yukichi KitamuraTheoretical Chemistry, Computational Chemistry
Priyanka VermaCatalytic Chemistry, Chemical Reaction Engineering


Course of Chemical and Bioengineering

Hiroyuki FutamataApplied Environmental Microbiology
Kazutaka HirakawaPhoto Chemistry
Kazuhide KimbaraEnvironmental Bioprocess Engineering
Motohiko KimuraBiomedical Engineering
Nobuyuki MaseOrganic Synthetic Chemistry, Environmental Catalyst Chemistry
Atsushi SugitaPolymer Physics, Photo Bio-Instrumentation
Associate Professor
Stefano FerriSynthetic Biology, Protein Engineering, Cyanobacterial bioprocess
Hideki KawaiOrganic Luminescent Materials
Yasuhiro MatsudaPolymer Solution, Biocompatible Polymer
Saori MiyazakiBiodiversity and sexual reproduction, Environmental stress response
Tetsuo NarumiBioorganic Chemistry, Peptide Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry
Yoshifumi NoguchiComputational science and Quantum chemistry
Yukari OdaPolymer Chemistry, Interfacial Science
Masaki ShintaniEnvironmental Microbiology, Microbial Genetics
Kazuhiro TakedaBio Process Systems Engineering
Mitsuo TodaOrganic Chemistry, Environmental Science
Nobuyuki YoshidaApplied Microbiology, Microbial Cell Biology, Biochemistry
Yosuke TashiroEnvironmental Microbiology, Microbial Communication
Assistant Professor
Kohei SatoBioorganic Chemistry, Protein Chemistry