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Industrial Chemistry

New chemistry for sustainable development

The Department of Industrial Chemistry was founded in 1898, making it one of the oldest departments at Kyoto University. Because of the needs of the time, the department branched out to form an additional four departments related to applied chemistry. In 1993, the five departments and one division were integrated into a single department to provide a systematic, comprehensive four-year education. Thus, the undergraduate educational curriculum provides students with a broad range of chemistry-related subjects. Each senior student is assigned to one of the research divisions and participates in the latest research, such as the synthesis of functional materials, application of biotechnology, and the design of environmentally benign production systems.