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Greetings from the Director

Since its inception 20 years ago, the Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering (IMCE) at Kyushu University has been committed to producing world-class research results in the interdisciplinary field of materials chemistry. While continually strengthening our fundamental research capabilities, we consistently aim to fulfill our crucial mission: to respond to the diverse and evolving needs of society with state-of-the-art scientific and technological prowess.

As outlined in our 4th Mid-term Plan, which began in 2022, the overall objective of the institute is to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary fields in materials science and chemistry, and to establish research bases that lead internationally. Specifically, our missions include:

1. Conducting research that ranges from the fundamental to the applied, all the way to societal implementation, while bolstering and fostering collaborations with both domestic and international research institutions.
2. Contributing to the achievement of a decarbonized society through innovations in materials chemistry and by extending our research capabilities into fields such as energy, environment, and life sciences.
3. Promoting advanced, interdisciplinary collaborative research in the field of materials and devices as a cooperative research base.

The Institute comprises four research departments: the Division of Fundamental Organic Chemistry, Division of Applied Molecular Chemistry, Division of Integrated Materials, and Division of Advanced Device Materials. These departments focus on various aspects of materials chemistry, including molecules, molecular and atomic assemblies, nanomaterials, and advanced device materials. Since 2015, we have strategically advanced international collaborative research and bolstered our international capacities by establishing the Division of Soft Materials.

Our institute is an active participant in the MEXT's 'Network Joint Research Center for Materials and Devices'. We maintain close collaborations with institutions such as RIES at Hokkaido University, IMRAM at Tohoku University, CLS at Tokyo Institute of Technology, and SANKEN at Osaka University. This collaboration has allowed us to establish a comprehensive network across Japan, annually conducting over 400 joint research projects. Researchers from universities and research institutions nationwide are encouraged to participate in joint research initiatives at our bases.

In order to ensure the continued scientific and technological prowess, industrial strength, and international competitiveness of Japan, it is crucial to nurture the next generation of young researchers who will advance fundamental research. We cooperate closely with several faculties, including the Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Science, the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, and Graduate School of Integrated Frontier Sciences. Together, we provide interdisciplinary research guidance in graduate education, leveraging the unique characteristics of the institute. Our goal is to foster the development of human resources, enabling young researchers to fully exhibit their abilities based on their own innovative ideas. Our attractive research organization and cutting-edge research environment are ready and eager to welcome many undergraduates, graduate students, and young researchers to the Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering.

Shiyoshi Yokoyama
Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering
Kyushu University

About IMCE

The IMCE consists of four divisions. In addition to engaging in a wide range of research, including the synthesis of new functional molecules, the chemistry of new molecular assemblies, the chemistry of organic-inorganic hybrid materials, and the processing of advanced materials into devices, in cooperation with research groups in each field, the IMCE promotes research related to the basic science and application of the structure and functions of materials from an atomic, molecular and nanoscale to a macroscale. The IMCE is divided across three campuses in the districts of Chikushi, Hakozaki and Ito. The faculty on each campus belong to the Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Engineering Sciences, the Graduate School of Sciences and the Graduate School of Engineering respectively, and they recruit graduate students to study master’s and doctoral courses through their respective graduate schools.


1944Research Institute for Wood, Kyushu Imperial University (3 divisions) founded.
April 1949Reorganized as the Kyushu University Research Institute for Production Science (5 divisions).
May 1987Reorganized as the Kyushu University Institute of Advanced Material Study (3 research divisions (13 research fields) + 2 temporary divisions)
April 1, 1993Kyushu University Institute for Fundamental Research of Organic Chemistry (3 research divisions) founded.
April 1, 2003Institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering established following the merger and reorganization of the Kyushu University Institute of Advanced Material Study and the Kyushu University Institute for Fundamental Research of Organic Chemistry.


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