8Division of ChemistryArea of Synthetic ChemistrySynthetic Organic Chemistry Group■Prof.：Takeshi NAOTA■Assoc.Prof.：Naruyoshi KOMIYA■Assis.Prof.：Soichiro KAWAMORITAThis research group aims to provide a new chemis-try for the synthesis and synthetic methodologies of the highly functionalized organic and organometallic molecules. The elucidation of selective organic trans-formations, studies on the chemical control of reac-tive intermediates, and creation of innovative organic functional materials are categories of our interests.Synthetic Polymer Chemistry Group■Prof.：Tatsuki KITAYAMA■Assis.Prof.：Takafumi NISHIURA,Takehiro KITAURA, Yasuhiro KOHSAKABased on fundamental research on polymerization reactions and precise structural analysis, this group aims at establishing the synthetic methods of control-ling chemical structures, stereochemical structures and higher-order structures of polymers, focusing on the control of their properties and functions.Organometallic Chemistry Group■Prof.：Kazushi MASHIMA■Assoc.Prof.：Hayato TSURUGI■Assis.Prof.：Yusuke KITAOrganometallic chemistry is transdisciplinary eld between organic and inorganic chemistry. New organometallic compounds of transition metals have a rich chemistry due to their unique chemical aspects including chemical bonding, coordination modes, structure, and reactivity. Based on these fun-damental works, we have developed chiral metal catalysts for synthesizing important building blocks of pharmaceutical compounds along with functional organic compounds, and multinuclear metal cluster catalysts showing unique chemoselectivity.Area of MolecularOrganization ChemistrySurface Chemistry Group■Prof.：Ken-ichi FUKUI■Assoc.Prof.：Akihito IMANISHI■Assis.Prof.：Yasuyuki YOKOTAOur group is studying on the mechanisms to provide novel functions at material surfaces or interfaces, particularly on their chemical processes such as reac-tions, electron/material transfer, relevant to the catalyses and information transfer. We aim to obtain novel concepts for the dynamic processes at sub-molecular scale through methodological develop-ments and to apply the concepts to create novel catalysts and functional interfaces.Biological Chemistry Group■Prof.：Shigenori IWAI■Assoc.Prof.：Isao KURAOKA■Assis.Prof.：Junpei YAMAMOTOTo understand the underlying principles of life, we are studying recognition and catalytic reactions of biomolecules such as nucleic acids and proteins, from a chemical point of view. Our aim is the elucidation of substrate recognition and reaction mechanisms of enzymes using synthetic chemistry of nucleic acids, techniques in molecular biology, and analysis by spectroscopic measurements. One of our important targets is DNA damage (especially those formed by ultraviolet light or reactive oxygen species) and repair, and we hope to apply our basic research to medical science.Collaborative Chairs/Area of Solar Energy ChemistryResearch Center for Solar Energy Chemistry, Group of Solar Energy Conversion■Prof.：Michio MATSUMURA (Add.)■Assoc.Prof.：Shigeru IKEDA (Add.)To resolve the global problem continuously dwindling energy resources and environmental problems, we Chemistry continues to be a fundamental eld of science which is indispensable for the creation of materials with new functions and better performance, and is becoming more important with the advances of all elds of science and technology. Moreover, it will play a crucial role in the 21st century as a key technology to solve the important problems which confront contemporary life such as resources, environment, and energy. From these viewpoints, the Division of Chemistry is engaged in researches involving broad disciplines of chemical science and technology, including development of synthetic methods, creation of new materials with intelligent functions, and exploration of molecular organizations on surfaces as well as in biological systems in close collaboration with the Research Center for Solar Energy Chemistry. On the basis of the high level of research activities, the division is actively involved in graduate education with the focus on cultivating students' ability required not only in chemistry but also in the wide range of related elds.