History

The Applied Chemistry Course is currently in Kyushu University Faculty of Engineering Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Our course was established in 1911 and it has the longest history and tradition as an engineering chemistry department next to the University of Tokyo and Kyoto University.

With the surge of the petrochemical industry in the period of high economic growth, in 1957, the Department of Synthetic Chemistry focusing on organic chemistry was established based on the Department of Applied Chemistry as its matrix. Subsequently with the emphasis on the graduate school in the 1990fs, the departments of Applied Chemistry and Synthetic Chemistry were unified to establish the Department of Applied Material Chemistry in 1991 and the two departments were renamed as the Functional Materials Science Course and Molecular System Engineering Course within the department.

In 1997, the Department of Applied Material Chemistry and two other departments were put together as one to establish the Department of Materials Science and Engineering consisting of three courses. At that time, the traditional name of applied chemistry was revived for the Functional Materials Course and Molecular System Engineering Course to organize the Applied Chemistry Course and Function and Molecules have been taught in two classes within the same course (Functional Materials Course and Molecular System Engineering Course) to today.

In 2005, the department moved location from the historical Hakozaki Campus to Ito Campus equipped with the latest facilities which serve as the center of materials science studies that leads academia and industry in the 21st century where the activities of research and education are actively pursued.

The Applied Chemistry Course has been achieving remarkable scientific and technological results as the leader of applied chemistry research in each era. In the aspect of education, we are striving to establish a center of research and education which would lead the world centered on the 21st Century COE and Global COE programs. Furthermore, we are continuing to have tremendous impact on the industrial world through collaborative research and venture creation.@