Chemistry and Energy Engineering
Department of Chemistry and Energy Engineering
Photo-catalytic hydrogen generation
We acquire fundamental knowledge of energy based on chemistry and an ability to fully tackle energy generation, conversion, storage, and utilization with consideration of the environment and resource problems. From materials development to device development and system design, we require the ability to seek out various problems from a chemical perspective and propose a means of solution. For the development of technologies related to sustainable and clean energy, our department cultivates top-level engineers and researchers with a basic knowledge of physical chemistry, expertise in chemistry and energy, and also an excellent ability to seek out and solve problems.
Photo-catalytic hydrogen generation
Outline of Department and Fields of Research
For the development of technology related to clean and sustainable energy, our department will cultivate top-level engineers and researchers with a basic knowledge of physical chemistry, expertise in chemistry and energy, and also an excellent ability to seek out and solve problems.
Energy Materials Chemistry
In this course, materials useful for generating and utilizing energy will be developed by making full use of chemical knowledge and technology.
[Key words] energy organic materials, energy self-assembled materials, organized thin films, materials for fuel cell, energy conversion materials, materials for dye-sensitized solar cell, composite proton conductors, novel type photo-catalysts, design and synthesis of novel functional polymers, liquid-crystalline materials for optoelectronic applications, nano-structured thin films for anhydrous proton conductors, energy materials based on biomimetic molecules, enzyme technology for biomass utilization.
Energy Convension Engineering
This course investigates the principles and applications of photo-catalysts that produce hydrogen from light and water and fuel cells that convert chemical energy into electricity.
[Key words] preparation and characterization of nano-materials for energy, structure and texture of nano-materials for energy, technical analysis of materials for energy, materials for hydrogen production, materials for CO2 reduction, materials for electrodes of super-capacitor, thin films for electrical and/or thermal conductors.
Energy System Engineering
This course investigates energy-system engineering through the development and testing of hand-made compact cars utilizing fuel cells that emit only water as a waste product.
[Key words] fuel cell systems, hydrogen fuel cell systems, hydrogen storage, carbon technology.
Knowledge related to clean and sustainable energy is acquired from a foundation of chemistry, including inorganic chemistry, electrochemistry, surface chemistry, organic chemistry, polymer chemistry, solid state chemistry, biochemistry, chemical physics and energy systems, and from the wide-ranging study of substances, materials, devices and systems from basics to practical applications.
In the first year, common subjects related to "the group of departments of electric and energy engineering" are studied to understand the basics of engineering and acquire the 'engineering mindset'.
In the second year, a basic knowledge of chemistry and energy chemistry is acquired, and actual technology is experienced through experiments and practice to enable students to advance to specialized study.
In the third year, students take three courses, Energy Materials Chemistry, Energy Conversion Engineering, and Energy Systems Engineering, and graduation research is tackled in the fourth year.