Chemicals are fundamental components for all we use and consume in our daily life;
soaps, petroleum, food, rubber, plastics, etc.
Medicines are result of synthetic chemistry and understanding of various biochemical reactions.
Chemical sensors are used to control quality of air we breathe and water we drink.
We use catalysts to decompose pollutants.
New materials, such as light emitting layers in electronics we use and TV display, are made
of new molecules synthesized by chemists.
The pharmaceutical, electronics, printing and automobile industries are all based on
chemicals and chemical reactions.
Synthesis of new molecules with unique properties is possible through understanding of their physical properties
and knowledge on fundamental and new chemical reactions.
Chemicals feed technologies such as electronic, food processing, green and alternative energy.
Research on how to make molecules with desired properties and how to integrate them to
create new materials will never stop.
Thus, we need You to learn chemical principles and give you life-lasting skills to contribute to a better life.
Chemistry is a science of atoms, molecules and materials. It is central to human life and continues to provide us new medicines, new materials, and new methods for investigating matter. Since chemistry is all around us, a background in chemistry will prepare you for variety of careers. Innovations in chemistry give rise to new advanced technologies, create new jobs, and improve our life. Society needs young people who have latest chemical knowledge and creativity. When considering a major area of study try to imagine life without chemistry…Your decision to study chemistry will have a great impact on quality of life for your generation and beyond.
In Japan, many chemical breakthroughs contributing to health and wealth have occurred. Since 2000, six Japanese scientists have been awarded Noble Prizes in Chemistry. Tohoku University graduate, Koichi Tanaka received a Noble Prize in 2002 for the development of methods for identification and structure analysis of biological macromolecules. These results reflect the high level of chemical research in Japan, which contributed to the development of society advanced by transforming power of chemistry. By studying in Japan, you will be able to learn the latest developments in chemistry.
Since the founding of Tohoku University, the emphasis has been on research and the motto of the university is "research first". This is based on the belief that top class researchers will be able to provide a high standard of education. We are a competitive, cutting-edge chemistry and materials science research facility. Our academic research contribution has been ranked 34th in chemistry and 22nd in materials science in the world. We put emphasis on creative research, which can open new fields and have a high social impact. With us you can learn chemical knowledge which you won't find in chemistry textbooks yet. Scientists at Tohoku University are involved in the development of new medicines to help fight cancer, new materials for renewable energy and other exciting research, which could improve quality of our lives. With the small class sizes, well equipped laboratories, and instructors who are world-recognized in their respective fields, Tohoku University is an ideal place to start and further your career in chemistry.
We are competitive at the cutting edge of chemistry and materials science research. The Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings is a major recognized international standard for evaluating academic research contributions. In the annual ranking provided by this organization, Tohoku University achieved the following results in 2021.
Citation ranking from QS World University Rankings 2021