Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University


Department of Chemical Science and Engineering

The Department of Chemical Science and Engineering helps the dreams of the 21st century come true

The overall mission of the Department of Chemical Science and Engineering is to foster the next generation of researchers and engineers of chemical engineering on a global scale by education and research to meet the needs of industry and society in general. The research and educational activities in our department cover the fields of fundamental science on the microscopic and molecular level, addition of specific functionality to chemicals and materials, engineering applications of biofunctional materials and process development in industrial scale material production.

Structure and Divisions

Our department is consists of two divisions: The Division of Applied Chemistry and the Division of Chemical Engineering.

Research/education within the Division of Applied Chemistry includes generation of functionality of chemicals and materials and elucidation of mechanisms involved, as well as development of techniques for new material production for a wide range of target from atomic/molecular level to nano/meso/macro level to attain a wide range of functionality on a macroscopic level by accumulation of molecules into novel materials.

Research/education in the Division of Chemical Engineeringincludes development of useful materials and reaction catalysis, establishment of controlled process involving reaction and mass transfer and development of new production processes based on the clarification of interaction between molecules, functionality of biomaterials and energy and mass transport phenomena. The ultimate goal is the development of new production processes with both high efficiency of material and energy and low environmental impact.

Localized Reactions and Physical Properties of Materials

Research/education in the Division of Localized Reactions and Physical Properties of Materials includes analysis of chemical reactions and properties of materials, and also includes design of functional materials on the basis of the analyzed data and acquired knowledge on the various functional materials with multi-component and multi-phase structure.

Chemical Energy Conversion Process
Efficient conversion processes of chemical energy to another useful energy and their related system materials (for example, energy conversion system such as secondary batteries and fuel cells, hydrogen production process from natural gas.)

Biofunctional Engineering
Our research focuses on the clarification of various biofunctional networks regulated by signaling molecules and second metabolites and of the dynamic interactions of the relevant molecules, which leads to application of functional diversity of biological molecules to a wide range of industries.

Pharmaceutical Technology
Pharmaceutical Technology, composed of the Pharmaceutical Research & Technology for the product design and Process Engineering for manufacturing, is the combined discipline essential for the development and manufacturing of the medicinal products. The goal of this research group is to bring up pharmaceutical leaders through both acquiring the specialized knowledge in oral and parenteral products and involving the research activities in the forefront of modern pharmaceutical technology.

The scientific and technological education as well as all the fundamentals of modern bioanalytical methods, of biosensor and array technology and of analytical screening. We offers a substantial study program within our Doctor program with a focus on chemical/biosensors and bioelectronics.

Sustainable Chemistry (NIPPON SHOKUBAI)
In this endowed chair, practical studies of innovative technologies such as utilization technologies of renewable biomass resource (biorefinery), production technologies of renewable energy, and utilization technologies of carbon dioxide will be performed to create new industries by sustainable chemistry, while also aimed to cultivate innovative human resources that can contribute to creation of new industries.


Message for international students

In recent years, significant technological developments and innovations have resulted in rapid and marked changes in the way highly functionalized chemicals and materials are produced, as well as in the chemicals/materials themselves. Thus, it is essential for the future chemical researcher to not only have a sound fundamental knowledge of chemistry, physics, and biology from an engineering viewpoint, but also to have the skills and ability to apply this knowledge with respect to a wide range of chemical products and processes, to be able to analyze and synthesize chemicals, and to design environmentally friendly chemical and biochemical systems. In this vein, the mission of the Department is to provide the students with the skills required to satisfy the needs of the chemical industry and the society in general as chemical researchers and engineers, with an emphasis on fundamental science, analysis, applications and creativity.

Education/Research Fields

Divisions Education/Research
Applied Chemistry Creative Materials Chemistry Transition metal catalysis, Polymer syntheses, Advanved organic materials
Inorganic materials, Electrochemistry, Materials for energy conversion, Highly concentrated solution, Molten salt chemistry, Liquid phase deposition, Relaxative auto-dispersion, Solid-liquid coexisting systems, Hetero-phase effect, Nanomaterials
Heterocyclic chemistry, Fluorine chemistry, Biologically active substances, Functional materials, Exploratory research on medicines and agrochemicals
Polymer synthesis, Soft matter, Polymer particles, Interface, Heterogeneous polymerization
Smart Materials Chemistry Organic thin films, Control of molecular orientation and structure, Organic devices, Evaluation of optical and electronic properties, Molecular nanotechnology
Polymer property, Polymer structure, Polymer surface and interface, Composite, Adhesion
Functional Materials Chemistry Molecular recognition, Functional gel, Polymer particles, Molecular imprinting, Biosensor
Inorganic Polymer Chemistry, Inorganic Phosphates, Inorganic Energy Chemistry, Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Biofunctional materials, Drug delivery system, Cell/Tissue engineering, Biomaterials
Chemical Engineering Separation and Reaction Engineering Membrane separation, Separation based on reaction and diffusion, Control of microporous structure, Water treatment, Gas separation
Catalyst, Catalytic reaction engineering, Selective oxidation, Selective reduction, Surface science, Material science, Photocatalyst, Photocatalysis, Energy conversion, Green chemistry
Interface, Surface functionalization, Surfactant, Polymer, Biomolecule
Process Engineering Process intensification, Process dynamics, Reactor
Rheology, complex Fluid, Latent heat transportation, Functional film, Drag reduction
Coating drying, Drying model, Material-temperature change method, Microwave drying
High pressure, Fluid property, Pressure crystallization, Refrigerant
Biochemical Engineering Bioproduction, Biorefinery, Synthetic bioengineering, Protein engineering, Nanobio technology
Bioprocess, Bioreactor, Cell culture engineering, Recombinant protein production, Bioseparation
Localized Reactions and
Physical Properties of Materials
Cooperative education and research with National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.
Material Design, Synthesis, Analysis, Characterization, Specific Function, Catalyst, Nanobiology, Biosensor, Surface Modification, Energy Transformation
Chemical Energy
Conversion Process
Cooperative education and research with National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.
Biofunctional Engineering Post-genomic analysis, Endocrinology, Evolutionary biology, Plant biology, Metabolic engineering, Structural biology
Pharmaceutical Technology Oral Formulation Technology, Oral Formulation Process Engineering Technology, Oral Formulation Packaging Technology, Tablets, Capsules, Granules, Scale Up theory, Parenteral Formulation Technology, Parenteral Formulation Process Engineering Technology, As
Chemical/Biosensing Cooperative education and research with National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology.
Chemical Sensors, Biosensors, Bioanalysis
Sustainable Chemistry
Sustainable chemistry, biorefineries, renewable resources, biomass, carbon dioxide, utilization of renewable energy, catalytic chemistry, chemical engineering