- Educational Programs
The department of chemistry was established in June 1907 with the establishment of Tohoku Imperial University, predecessor to the present Tohoku University. In the 100 years since its founding, the department of chemistry has grown to become the most prestigious institution of chemistry in Japan. The department of chemistry, with its 52 faculty members in 19 research groups, is now the largest in the nation. Thirteen groups in the research institutes of Tohoku University also cooperate in education and supervise research by graduate students in the department. The student/faculty member ratio is almost 1:1, and this creates a highly conducive environment for specialized research and study.
The members of the department of chemistry are all instilled with a strong motivation to seek out and investigate the unknown, and many of our most outstanding scientists have left a legacy of important work in their respective fields. Majima Riko, Akabori Shiro, Nozoe Tetsuo, and Koji Nakanishi, all recipients of the National Culture Award of Japan, are four of the most distinguished members of our faculty. The department of chemistry is one of the main providers of the Global COE program: the "International Center of Research and Education on Molecular Complex Chemistry", which is an important promotional project by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports, and Culture (MEXT), Japan.
The chemistry buildings, which are approximately 10,000 square meters, were constructed in 1972 at the Aobayama Campus. The main building was renovated in 2008 to equip it with modern research facilities to ensure high degrees of safety for frontier studies.
[Undergraduate Studies] →Global 30(AMC)
Undergraduate education in our department has been organized to provide students with a broad background in the fields of inorganic, analytical, organic, physical, and polymer chemistries, including radiochemistry and biochemistry. A one-year laboratory-training course to learn the basic experimental techniques in chemistry is also provided in the fourth and fifth semesters. From the sixth semester, students join one of the 19 research groups, and start their research on frontier chemistry to earn the bachelor's degree.
[Graduate Studies] →IGPAS
The department is devoted to the study of basic and advanced inorganic, analytical, organic, and physical chemistries, and biochemistry, within the divisions of inorganic and analytical, organic, physical, and interdisciplinary chemistries. Graduate students can choose from a wide range of course subjects offered by departmental and research-institute staff. Students can select their thesis supervisor from either departmental or research-institute staff.