Department of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry

The ultimate purposes of chemistry are to clarify the essential nature of unknown chemical phenomena to find out new knowledge and to feedback them to the human life and society.

The Department of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering has designed the educational program for students, who will lead the scientific challenges of the 21st century, to study the principles and basic knowledge of chemistry and to acquire scientific way of thinking.

The civilization in our society was greatly developed in the 20th century; however, the rapid technological developments brought about shortage of natural resources and great stress on the global environment simultaneously.  To encourage environment-conscious civilization, it is essential to develop a new paradigm of science and technology. In other words, it is of vital importance to develop new technologies that will achieve the production of high value-added products with minimum use of raw materials and minimum energy consumption, as well as the production and storage of high-quality energy and recycle of chemical resources.

To achieve these objectives, it is our mission to develop cutting-edge science and technology associated with substances and energy. As a science that deals with material transformation and energy conversion, chemistry plays a central role in realizing a sustainable human society.

To meet the demands of society, scientists at the Department of Energy and Hydrocarbon Chemistry engage in synergistic advancement of basic and applied chemistry, thereby promoting original and innovative chemical research.

The following researches are under way in this department.

  • Chemical reactions related with energy problems
  • Research on environmental catalysis
  • Development of new catalysts
  • Development of electrochemical reactions and materials for energy conversion and storage
  • Clarification and control of liquid-liquid, solid-gas, and solid-liquid interfacial reaction mechanisms
  • Creation of new materials by controlling active species
  • Creation of functional π–conjugated systems
  • Development of molecular transformations exploiting underutilized resources, such as the universal metals and biorenewables
  • Effective use of tracers
  • Development of advanced batteries and their materials