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With the rapid development of society on the basis of science and technology, development of new materials is becoming increasingly important. This is because such materials support our contemporary way of life and industrial infrastructure, and expectations for the future roles of leading-edge chemistry are constantly rising.

Chemistry today is undergoing a transformation into an academic discipline that involves investigation of the backgrounds and properties of the molecules that compose substances, in addition to techniques for creating new substances and the search for functions inherent to substances. The Department of Material Chemistry engages in research and education for the purpose of designing materials that have new functions while elucidating their structures and properties at the molecular level, as well as establishing methods of synthesizing those materials, with an emphasis on inorganic, organic and polymer materials.

The Department of Material Chemistry consists of four research units: Design of Functional Materials, Inorganic Material Chemistry (Inorganic Structural Chemistry, Industrial Solid-State Chemistry), Organic Material Chemistry (Organic Reaction Chemistry, Organic Chemistry of Natural Products, Analytical Chemistry of Materials), Polymer Material Chemistry (Polymer Physics and Function, Biomaterial Chemistry), and Nanomaterials  (Nanomaterials).