Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Program

Features of the program

Chemistry enriches our life

The education in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Program covers not only production of chemicals but also a wide area such as materials for nanotechnology and semiconductors, conversion of energy resources, food production, medicine, cosmetics, and environmental protection. In all of these fields, specialists with deep knowledge in chemistry and chemical engineering as well as broad perspective are required.

This program provides education and research for students who want to be researchers and/or engineers based on chemistry and chemical engineering. The students will obtain the creativity applicable to various stages of development, from invention of new materials by applying chemistry to designing/constructing/operating processes to put the basic ideas/findings into practice.

Program of education

The educational curriculum of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Program consists of KIJ Phase 1 (Knowing Is Joy) and KIJ Phase 2 (Knowledge Integration for professional Job), which aim to help students become talented people with a combination of the broad foundations and the high levels of specialist knowledge required to contribute to society in fields related to chemistry.

KIJ Phase 1 (Knowing Is Joy):

From the enrollment to the first semester of sophomore year, students learn the fundamentals of chemistry and engineering. This fundamentals includes not only natural science and basics of engineering, but also social science, communication skills, and engineering ethics, all of which are required for researchers/engineers when they solve the problems with the concern for their roles and responsibilities. For this purpose, subjects are provided for liberal arts , common basics of engineering, chemistry, and basics of applied chemistry and chemical engineering.

KIJ Phase 2 (Knowledge Integration for professional Job):

From the second semester of the second year, students select either the Applied Chemistry Course or the Chemical Engineering Course, advanced specialist courses which allow them to develop their knowledge and techniques and cultivate the ability to solve specialist issues. At the end of the first semester of the sophomore year, students select either the Applied Chemistry Course or the Chemical Engineering Course. From the second semester of the sophomore year, more specialized subjects are provided for each course. Students in the Applied Chemistry Course obtain the ability to design, synthesize, and analyze new materials. In the Chemical Engineering Course, students obtain the ability to design and develop processes/systems for industrial production. Both courses provide laboratory courses and exercise courses in accordance to the lectures of specialized subjects to improve the students’ skills and to strengthen their understanding of knowledge. Finally, in the senior year, the students conduct research works of their own research topics for their bachelor theses. In the research work, the students integrates their specialized knowledge with the professional skills to solve the problems required by the modern society.

In the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Program, the program of education is accredited by the Japan Accreditation Board for Engineering Education (JABEE), and students are awarded with a certificate marking their completion of a JABEE-accredited program when they graduate. Students who complete the program are qualified to register as associate professional engineers without needing to take the first stage examination for professional engineers.

Curriculum

  • First year
  • After the enrollment, all the students learn common background of engineering, including various fields of engineering, ethics, information security, intellectual property (such as patent). Also students learn liberal arts. In the 3rd and 4th terms, students learn basic organic chemistry, basics of chemical engineering, and basic inorganic chemistry, as the common basics for Chemistry and Materials field. At the end of the first year, the students select specialized education program.

  • Second year
  • Students those who selected Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Program learn the common basics of Applied Chemistry Course and Chemical Engineering Course. The common basics include organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, chemical reaction engineering, analytical chemistry, and diffusional operations. From the second semester, students select either the Applied Chemistry Course or the Chemical Engineering Course. Each course has its own specialized subjects including laboratory courses and exercise courses, but the students also learn common background of both courses.

  • Third year
  • Both courses provides specialized subjects for lectures, laboratory courses and exercise courses as well as lectures in common. By integrating knowledge the students learn in lectures and skills they obtained in laboratory/exercise courses, the students acquire the ability to comprehensively apply their knowledge to solve problems.

  • Fourth year
  • Each students is assigned to a laboratory, where they conduct research works of their own research topics for their bachelor theses. In the research work, the students integrates their specialized knowledge with the professional skills to solve the problems required by the modern society.

Introduction to classes

  • Basic Physical Chemistry
  • Physical chemistry is the study of the constitution and properties of, and changes in substances. Chemical phenomena are interpreted in terms of physics using equations from the perspective of the energy transfer and the motion of molecules. In Basic Physical Chemistry, students study the basics of thermodynamics, which covers the energy transfer, changes in the states of substances, and chemical equilibrium. This subject forms the basis of fields such as organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and analytical chemistry.

  • Inorganic Synthetic Chemistry
  • Students develop an understanding of chemical states, compositions, and reactions, etc. of substances, and learn about the investigation and molecular design of the diverse properties of materials using advanced analytical methods. They acquire specialist knowledge regarding the synthesis of inorganic substances with new functions that can also be applied to fields such as energy and electronics and skills that can be applied to the synthesis of inorganic materials.

  • Diffusional Operations I
  • Diffusion refers to the movement of certain components and heat between different substances. Operations using diffusion occupy an important role in chemical industry. In Diffusional Operations I, we seek to grasp the principles of separation and concentration, with a particular focus on areas such as the elimination of impurities from raw materials, and the concentration of the specified substance. We then study the method of utilizing the relational expression that is acquired by applying those principles to each of the operations to determine the form, size, and operation conditions of the equipment.

Energy conversion of concentrated solar radiation into chemical fuels (hydrogen and synthetic gas). This photograph is an aspect of reactor test using high power sun-simulator. Development of cathode materials for lithium-ion batteries Liquid/liquid junction extraction (separation of substance from one of the liquids)

Advanced research pursued by the program

Approach for Environmental Protection and Resources Recycling-oriented Society

Associate Professor
Naoki KANO

The chemical technology is indispensable to produce many materials and products supporting human life. The chemical technology is employed in large fields such as using the resources and energy effectively, developing functional materials, preventing environmental pollution etc.
In our laboratory, the research related to environmental preservation and resource recovery is performed. Investigation on the development of an efficient method for the removal or recovery of pollutants (in particular heavy metal and radionuclide) in the environment and ecosystem using natural resources such as biomass (seaweed, shell, chitosan, alginate etc.), clay minerals, and charcoal is carried out. The research about environmental cleanup by phytoremediation (i.e., plant-based approach of remediation) is also conducted.
The water environment is one of the indispensable environmental resources supporting our life. However, environmental problem such as water pollution by the industrial effluent, domestic wastewater, agriculture drainage and eutrophication is concerned in recent years. In addition to the research of above-mentioned environmental preservation, the environmental waters in Niigata Prefecture (e.g., Sakata and Toyanogata lagoon waters) are sampled regularly for investigating the behavior of pollutants in environment for the search of sources or supply route of pollutants.
The results obtained in this research are widely presented in academic meeting and international conferences.

Plant growth in a plant environmental control system
[Left]: Chitosan, [Right]: Cross-linked chitosan (Pictures & SEM images)
Scenes in the laboratory
Scenes in the laboratory

Licenses and qualifications that can be acquired

Licenses

  • First class upper secondary school teacher's license (industry)

Qualifications

  • Associate professional engineer (JABEE accreditation)
  • Hazardous materials engineer (class A) (eligibility for examination)
  • Handlers of poisonous and deleterious substances (qualification)
  • Safety engineer for manufacture of explosives (class A, class B) (exemption from certain examination categories), etc.

Employment paths

*The information provided here refers to students’ employment paths for the department prior to reorganization.

Career paths after graduation

After graduation from the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Program, 60-70% of graduates go on to study at graduate school, and 30-40% pursue professional careers. Each year, the program receives information on around 170-200 job opportunities (including those that come directly to the university) for both undergraduate and graduate students. These opportunities are in a wide range of industries, and each allows graduates to play significant roles in state-of-the-art industries.
Looking at the figures on employment and further study among graduates in the 2014 academic year, around 65% went on to further study, and the next largest group entered employment in the manufacturing industry.

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