Graduate School of Engineering

Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Outline of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Outline of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Innovations require the discovery of new materials, the development of manufacturing processes, and marketing. The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science provides an educational program that combines two disciplines: “Materials Science,” which searches for new materials; and “Chemical Engineering,” which optimizes the manufacturing processes. “Chemical Engineering” is a discipline that clarifies and studies a given manufacturing process as a combination of unit operations based on the Equilibrium Theory, Transport Phenomena, and Chemical Kinetics that take the material balance, heat balance, and safety into consideration. “Chemical Engineering” lectures provide students with the chance to learn more about Chemical Thermodynamics, Electrochemistry, Energy Chemical Physics, Chemical Reaction and Separation Technology, Solid and Fluid Mechanics, and Process Units Design. “Materials Science” lectures provide students with the chance to study a broad but deep range of knowledge involving metals, semiconductors, ceramics, polymers, composite materials and fine particles. The education provided in these broad ranging fields enables the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science to aim to foster human resources that can develop materials as well as design the actual production units.

(A) Chemical Engineering Disciplines: Physical Chemistry, Electrochemistry, Chemical Reaction and Separation Technology, Solid and Fluid Mechanics, and Process Design
(B) Materials Science Disciplines: Metallurgy, Semiconductor Engineering, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Polymer Science, and Fine Particle Science

The increasing expectation is that the field of “Chemical Engineering” will achieve “environmental energy innovations.” The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science involves research activities that meet the expectations of the time and that further improve the capabilities of graduate school students:

  • Conversion of “electric energy,” such as solar power generation and batteries
  • Creation, separation and refinement of “carbon-neutral energy,” such as biofuel
  • Separation and recovery of precious metals and rare metals from urban mines, and the separation and recovery of high purity materials from solutions.
  • The creation of more “energy-efficient” technologies by reducing the weight of transportation equipment using composite materials, and thereby improving the efficiency of transportation
  • The creation of low-environment-burden electroceramics
  • The creation of environment cleanup materials, energy converting materials and high-durability materials
  • Precise measurement of physical property values of energy consumption indicators
  • Suggestion of industrial standards and policies in and outside of Japan as a think tank organization

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science originated in the Department of Applied Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering, and Department of Materials Science of the former Himeji Institute of Technology. The above departments were basically integrated into the two departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Hyogo. The departments were established to meet the increasing need for educational institutions to nurture advanced engineers and provide education and research programs in the field of “environmental energy.” Various employment opportunities are available in both large companies and medium-sized companies. Traditionally, these companies have employed graduates of the University since the time of the former Himeji Institute of Technology. This department fosters engineers who can contribute to enhancement of the international competitiveness of core manufacturing industries, creation of new businesses, and environmental energy innovations.