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Greetings from the Director

The institute for Materials Chemistry and Engineering, IMCE, was founded on April 1st, 2003, by merging and reorganizing Institute of Advanced Material Study and Institute for Fundamental Research of Organic Chemistry. Ever since the foundation, we have been doing chemical and chemistry-based research works keeping the original mission of producing high quality results and thereby leading materials chemistry. IMCE is also expected to play the following roles: (1) COE of advanced and inter-disciplinary research in fields of science and technology of materials/devices, (2) promotion of collaboration with and contribution to chemical and other industries, and (3) contribution to innovation in life and green science/technology.

IMCE consists of five divisions; four divisions (Fundamental Organic Chemistry, Applied Molecular Chemistry, Integrated Materials, Advanced Device Materials) that correspond to a hierarchical order of material, and a brand-new/international division of Soft Materials. IMCE has professors, associate professors and assistant professors (total number about 50), postdoc fellows and technical staff, who produced more than 2000 referred original research papers and reviews in FY2011–2020, which have been cited more than 34000 times in total.

IMCE has been contributing to inter-university activities for promoting chemical/materials science and technology. IMCE has been in alliance with four research institutes; Institute for Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Materials (Tohoku University), Laboratory for Chemistry and Life Sciences, Institute of Innovative Research (Tokyo Institute of Technology), The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (Osaka University) and playing roles of a core of “Network Joint Research Center for Materials and Devices,” and “Dynamic Alliance for Open Innovation Bringing Human, Environment and Materials.” IMCE is also a member of Integrated Research Consortium on Chemical Science and Technology (the other contributors; Institute for Catalysis (Hokkaido University), Research Center for Materials Science (Nagoya University), International Research Center for Elements Science Institute for Chemical Research (Kyoto University)).

IMCE is really keen in enhancing and expanding research collaboration with research institutes and industries over the world as well as recruiting capable researchers. Any inquiries and questions are welcome. We believe our contributions to your institutes with effective/sustainable win-win relationship.

Kazunari Yoshizawa
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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