About Us

What is the Frontier Chemistry Center (FCC) ?

The FCC’s goals and overview

The field of chemistry targets a wide range of materials including organic and inorganic compounds and covers not only fundamental research to elucidate phenomenon at the atomic level but also development research into the production of substances which are indispensable to daily living such as medicine, plastics, ceramics, and light emitting materials.

Hokkaido University is proud to have a hand in continually developing personnel who act as leaders of a diversified society, who make revolutionary innovations for Japan through the study of chemistry in both academic and practical fields, and who can contribute to the development of a lively and sustainable society.

The Global COE Program entitled “Catalysis as the Basis for Innovation in Materials Science” (2007-2011) was a world-class catalytic study conducted by Hokkaido University. This program resulted in the foundation of two new institutes; (1) the Graduate School of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (CSE) in 2010, and (2) the Advanced Graduate School of Chemistry and Materials Science (AGS) in 2008. Hokkaido University has been also promoting various human resource developments and international exchange programs, and through these activities the structure of chemical study at Hokkaido University has matured as a major education base for materials science.

It was a great honor for Hokkaido University that Professor Emeritus and Professor of the School of Engineering, Akira Suzuki, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2010, together with Professor Richard Heck of the University of Delaware and Professor Ei-ichi Negishi of Purdue University. The reason for being awarded the Nobel Prize was the development of “Palladium-catalyzed cross couplings in organic synthesis” and it was determined that the “Suzuki-Miyaura cross-coupling reaction” developed by Professor Emeritus Akira Suzuki and Professor Emeritus Norio Miyaura made a great contribution to the field of chemistry.

The achievements of Hokkaido University, such as recognition as the world’s highest level of study in chemistry, the incubation of next generation leaders with global influence, and international cooperation with industry should be progressively continued as primary education objectives. With the endorsement of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the recent mission of the “Strategic Molecular and Materials Chemistry through Innovative Coupling Reactions (MMC)” (2012-2015) resulted in fruitful achievements for advancing research on molecular and material sciences and engineering as well as for improving educational programs including globalization.

The Frontier Chemistry Center (FCC) was established as the primary institute for conducting educational research project support at the Faculty of Engineering on June 1st, 2012. At the FCC the Division of Applied Chemistry at the Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Chemistry at the Faculty of Science, and the Institute for Catalysis all jointly undertake research (refer to organization structure chart).

Our aim is the promotion of leading frontier research in chemistry and the implementation of green innovation and life innovation, fields necessary for the benefit of society, through collaboration between the government, industry and academia. Promotion of the MMC program had been one of our activities. Furthermore, in order to support the education of graduate students we will strengthen our academic communication networks with Europe, the United States, Asia, and domestic research bases, and operate a personnel training support project to educate next-generation global leaders.


Contact us

Frontier Chemistry Center Office
Tel/Fax 011-706-6788
Email mc104*eng.hokudai.ac.jp(please use “@” in the place of “*” to send an e-mail.)

Kita 13, Nishi 8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628
Faculty of Engineering, Hokkaido University
Frontier Chemistry Center