This department aims at the materials science based on chemistry, covering basic research and practical application. Courses are composed of four research areas in materials science and technology; materials function engineering, materials design engineering, energy and environment materials engineering, and bio-interactive and bio-inspired materials engineering, which orient to functionalization, designing, environment, and biological & medical engineering, respectively.

Materials Function Engineering Group

Knowledge of functional materials and functionalization of materials is indispensable for practical applications of new materials. Research area covers the synthesis of supramolecules for conducting materials and soft materials having various molecular architectures, crystalline and liquid-crystalline, and nonlinear rheology. Specific research topics in progress include new synthetic methods, property evaluation and structural analysis of new inorganic functional materials, and magneto-optics investigation of metal oxide thin films.

Materials Design Engineering Group
This research area aims at designing of materials with specific functionality and high performance. The research area covers new synthetic methods, property evaluation and structural analysis of new organic and inorganic functional materials. Research topics include pharmaceutical drugs, agrochemicals, nonlinear optical devices, and opto-electronic devices as well as sophisticated molecular design and simulation.

Energy and Environment Materials Engineering Group
This research area involves the development of materials for new energy and advance waste water treatment, the treatment technology of hazardous wastes and environmental-oriented production process technology. Researches on electrode reaction, fuel cells, secondary batteries, photocatalysis and catalytic reaction at solid surface, nonlinear optical glasses and crystals, synthesis of thin films, and computer simulation for material design, are also actively proceeding.

Biointeractive and Bioinspired Materials Engineering Group
This research area involves the development of materials for biointeractive properties and the designs of materials inspired with biological functionality, as well as the applications of natural products, biomass and their wastes. Specific research topics in progress are the functionalization of natural rubber, the development of new-sophisticated and intelligent materials in regenerated biomass and composites, which contribute to sustainable society and environmental conservation, the attractive usage of nanotechnology and composite-technology as tissue recognition & medical materials and also seen in environmental materials.